Public Financial Management (October 12-19)
METAC supported the MoF to assess fiscal risks from state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Gradually building up a comprehensive inventory of SOEs is a first important step towards more transparency. Timely and comprehensive financial reporting would allow fiscal risk assessments on operational profitability and balance sheet risks. The assessment of fiscal risk should initially focus on the largest SOEs and be expanded over time to smaller entities where build-up of risks is likely.
Revenue Administration (August 10-27; August 31-September 17)
METAC assisted the Sudan Taxation Chamber (STC) in the implementation of a compliance risk management structure and processes. This is a follow-up activity, which took participants through the risk identification, assessment and prioritization processes, and how to develop mitigation/treatment strategies (using the cash economy as a case study). The compliance risks were addressed by tax type (e.g. VAT, CIT, PIT) and pillars of compliance (e.g. registration, filing, payment). Future TA will focus on how to identify, assess and mitigate risk by economic sector.
METAC also assisted the STC in developing a business continuity plan to maintain tax collections and critical tax administration functions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following in-depth discussions of how the STC had so far addressed these matters under lockdown, a customized plan was prepared for approval by STC’s Secretary General. The plan identified which functions (including support functions) were mission critical and would need to be continued in the event of a further wave of infections—or future similar events. It also addressed priorities in dealing with work backlogs caused by the closure of STC offices during the lockdown.
Statistics (August 16-27; October 18-November 29; January 10-February 7)
METAC reviewed the status of the national accounts. It assessed the sources and methods, and provided training to the national accounts staff on revising the GDP estimates using a supply-use framework.
These two CD activities assisted the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) to update the consumer price index (CPI). Key outcomes included: (i) updating the weights and the product basket to 2014/15; (ii) producing the CPI with a new base year and advising on how to produce an index series for long-term analysis; and (iii) training on CPI compilation methods. Significant progress has been made, and the CBS expects to publish a new CPI in the second quarter of 2021.