Jordan Ranks 1st Regionally in Budget Transparency Index, OBI

تم نشره في Sun 15 May / May 2016. 06:30 PM
  • Ministry of Finance Amman (Archives)

AMMAN — Jordan came in first among Arab countries and the region in the Open Budget Index (OBI) 2015, and among the top 10 worldwide, on the world’s only independent, comparative measure of central government budget transparency.

OBI figures show Jordan ranked with 55 points, out of 100, moderately higher than the global average score of 45, followed regionally by Tunisia, with 42 points, Morocco, with 38, and Yemen, 34 points.

Since 2012, the government has increased the availability of budget information, published in the Citizens Budget. Accordingly, Jordan’s score of 27/100, covers public accessibility to financial information, and chance for public engagement in the budget process. Although the rate is low, it is 2 points higher that the global average, at 25/100.

Jordan General Budget Department issued a number of manuals and services, annually, including Gender Responsive Budgeting Manual, General Budget Department Services Manual, Budget Cycle Manual, Preparation of Government Ministries, Departments and Units Manpower bylaw Manual, Budget Analyst Manual, and the Public Expenditures and Public Revenues Manual for the year 2015.

The international survey sets globally accepted criteria developed by multilateral organizations, comprised of 109 indicators to measure budget transparency. These indicators are used to assess whether the central government makes eight key budget documents available to the public in a timely manner and whether the data contained in these documents are comprehensive and useful. Each country is given a score out of 100 which determines its ranking on the index.