One of the strongest recommendations from the Project mid-term review was to review the Administrative, Financial and Accounting Procedural Manual, and the Operational Guide Manual for the Co-Financing of Beneficiaries. The implementation of this recommendation required organizing a whole session of the Technical Monitoring Group, an advisory body to the Project Steering Committee.
The revision of the fore cited document streamlines and harmonizes administrative, financial and accounting procedures. The objective is to activate an effective and efficient implementation of the Project with new elements aimed at reinforcing rigor and discipline.
The revision of the Operational guide Manual for co-financing of the beneficiaries adapts to the recommendations of the mid-term review. The document thus deals with the process for the emergence of sub-projects/business plans and the request for co-financing, the sectors and value chains eligible for individual promoters, the financing mechanisms for small POs or the revision of the internal monitoring and evaluation system. The Technical Monitoring Group recommended that staff should avoid pre-financing Project activities, planning and reviewing the mechanism to ease the issuance of no-objection notices or even organize sessions to appropriate the two manuals examined with the staff and the beneficiaries. To this must be added the need to resize the Guide Manual so as to make it understandable by the beneficiaries, to reduce the delays/deadlines for access to funding for beneficiaries to four months while keeping in mind strict compliance with the terms and conditions governing public expenditure and to request support from the General Taxation Department via MINEPA aimed at organizing and streamlining the tax obligations of beneficiaries based on legal and regulatory bases.