Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (June 21, 2012) – Today UNDP in Kyrgyzstan presented a new project Support to National Budget Transparency that is aimed at assisting the Kyrgyz Republic in combating corruption. The project is financed by the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Total budget of the project is $1 million. UNDP Resident Representative in Kyrgyzstan Alexander Avanessov, USAID Representative to Kyrgyzstan Carey Gordon, members of parliament, representatives of state bodies and NGOs attended the presentation.
“The project is will help the country develop anti-corruption policies and effective legal framework, transparent process of forming and spending the state budget” noted Alexander Avanessov in his opening remarks during the project presentation.
The joint project will support the country in improving and implementing anticorruption strategies and assist state agencies and civil society organizations in establishing an operational anticorruption coalition. UNDP will help develop a system of monitoring and evaluation to assist public advisory councils, civil society organizations and Parliament to assess the implementation of the national anticorruption strategy.
«This is the first programme supported by the State Department aimed at fighting corruption. Main goal of the project – support in the sphere of monitoring and combating corruption to reach budget transparency” stated Carey Gordon in his speech.
Objectives of the project include development of an anticorruption framework, introduction of international audit standards and performance audits, and assistance in increasing transparency of state and area budgets. Key partners in this project are civil society, Chamber of Accounts, Parliament and Government.
The project will help the Kyrgyz Chamber of Accounts introduce international audit standards and performance audits, which will empower this agency to make an accurate assessment of budget spending efficiency and encourage result-oriented budgeting. These standards will also help to reduce corruption opportunities and serve as guidelines in making policy decisions.
Broadly, the project will assist in organizing platforms for debates and exchanging opinions on fighting corruption, changing relevant legislation, implementing an anticorruption strategy, and transparency in budgets and audits.
This project is one of the many assistance projects supported by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). For more information, please visit our web site at: http://kyrgyzstan.usaid.gov/
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