Associate Professor of Public Finance Dr. V Alok, Sudan’s Fiscal and Financial Allocation and Monitoring Commission Chairman, Dr. Mohammed Osman Ibrahim, and the Forum Director of Africa Programs, Shawn Houlihan, open a four-day course on fiscal federalism in Sudan.
Members of a key finance commission in Sudan recently attended a four-day training session on fiscal federalism, led by the Forum’s fiscal expert Dr. Michael Bell.
The event, held in Khartoum from June 22 to 25, 2009, was organized by the Forum in collaboration with the Fiscal and Financial Allocation and Monitoring Commission (FFAMC) – an institution created under the auspices of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to help bring about transparency and equity in the allocation of funds in Sudan.
Dr. Bell, a public finance economist at George Washington University in the United States, was joined by Dr. V. Alok, an associate professor of public finance at the Indian Institute of Public Administration in New Delhi, India; and Professor Medani Ahmed of the University of Khartoum, a Sudanese fiscal expert.
One Commission member noted that the course "has increased my capacity to carry out the responsibilities I have been given.”
The aim of the course is to bring about in Sudan a better understanding of federalism and the role of fiscal federalism, as well as the challenges and opportunities associated with the implementation of fiscal federalism practices. Topics included a comparative overview of fiscal federalism principals, expenditure and revenue assignments in a federation, natural resource taxation, and the current international financial crisis and its impact on resource allocation in the African country.
Participants included Commission members, representatives from the South Sudan Fiscal and Financial Allocation and Monitoring Commission, the Ministry of Federal Governance, the Ministry of Finance and a member of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Sudan National Assembly.
The Commission and the Forum have collaborated extensively since June 2006. This event is part of a series of initiatives designed to raise awareness of the importance of fiscal federalism in Sudan. The course is one component of the Forum’s program dealing with Federal Governance and Peace in Sudan, is funded by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Participants for the â€˜In Depth Technical Training on the Practice of Fiscal Federalism’ gathered on day one.
Fiscal training participants discuss central objectives of fiscal federalism in Sudan in small group break-out session.