Participation in the Round table Review of the Design, Implementation and Application of Malaysia’s Outcome Based Budgeting (OBB) System by World Bank Group and Ministry of Finance
Event: Round Table Review on Malaysia’s OBB
Venue : Sasana Kijang, Bank Negara, KL
Date : 6th August 2018
Malaysian Evaluation Society was invited by the Ministry of Finance, Malaysia to participate in a Round Table discussion on “Strengthening the Performance Orientation of Budget for Malaysia” held on 6th August 2018.
Among the several issues tabled and discussed were the following based on “Lessons from International Experience on Implementing PBB”:-
Set realistic objectives on what PBB can achieve based on the political and administrative context – that while PBB rarely causes changes in Budget Allocations it can contribute to better service delivery in select areas.
Create space for Performance Discussions to go beyond the annual budget cycle: understanding the causes and remedies for poor performance may take more time and may need to be delinked;
Tightly control the amount of Data generated so as not to overload those who review it: excessive data undermines its value and risks obscuring where the real problems lie; data can be tailored to audiences;
Prioritise those Programmes that have a genuine service delivery component: trying to cover all programmes to the same standard may dilute attention from those areas that matter most to citizens and where impact could be greatest.
MES’ member and past president Mr. Koshy was lead panellist in the round table discussion and MES response comments were delivered by our VP Dr Jamiyah.