A Policy Perspective on Effective Management of Public Sector Assets

Mar 11 – 22, 2024 Online No Fee

There are many challenges facing public sector asset management in South Eastern Europe. However, creating a central strategic (long-term and sustainable) policy framework for the overall management of state assets, backed by a clear institutional accountability framework, remains a #1 challenge for most countries in the region. The frequent lack of government-wide strategies, politically feasible and economically viable policies, and clear rules further exacerbates fragmentation, as does the absence of a clear rationale for state ownership. Even if some assets are managed well, the overall result is often suboptimal. Efficient PSAM needs a coherent set of legal, institutional, and strategic policy prerequisites for making and implementing decisions concerning such assets.

About this learning event

This online course follows up on the November 2023 Webinar on Managing Public Sector Assets – A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Regional and Global Good Practices. 

In this online course, we will take a deeper look into the possible ways of strengthening legal, institutional, and strategic policy frameworks for the effective management of public sector assets. We will also explore how key stakeholders can ensure institutional accountability and promote ownership in the design and implementation of policies related to public sector assets. Renowned international and regional experts will guide you through a selection of public sector asset management topics that are regarded as crucial in many South-Eastern European countries. They will address the most pressing challenges commonly experienced by countries of the CEF constituency and analyze policy responses and frameworks for effective public sector asset management.

The online course will be delivered as part of the 2022-24 Efficient Public Sector Asset Management (EPSAM) Program. The Program’s goals are to improve awareness and knowledge of public asset management as an integral part of public sector reforms and to create a network of professionals who can become a driving force in this process, both within CEF’s constituency countries and beyond.

What will you learn

In this course we will outline the efforts made by selected countries to introduce, implement, and sustain public sector asset management reforms from the policy perspective, as well as highlight regional experiences and further challenges in terms of creating a central strategic (long-term and sustainable) policy framework to support the effective management of public sector assets.

The course will focus on, but will not be limited to, depicting the following topics:

  • Strengthening legal, institutional, and strategic policy frameworks to develop a comprehensive and overarching ownership policy and a clear institutional accountability
  • Capturing persistent challenges for most countries in the region
  • Analyzing policy responses and frameworks for managing public sector assets
  • Outlining regional attempts to develop and implement good practices based on EU and international standards with respect to the re-use and redeployment of confiscated assets.
  • Enhancing transparency, awareness raising and result-oriented application of anti-corruption mechanisms in the field of public sector asset management 

Format

The online course will be delivered over a two-week period, from March 11 to March 22. The course will be composed of three Webinars, in-webinar or pre-recorded presentations, short assignments in writing and a reflection on the assignments. The total workload is about 6 hours. Participants will be required to participate actively by sharing country experiences, contributing to the debates, and submitting two short assignments. On one assignment the participants will work individually, while on the other they will work in small groups.

Who should attend

The online course targets public officials and experts responsible for managing public sector asset portfolios and engaged in the development, execution, or supervision of state asset management (reform) activities in their countries. More precisely, from CEF constituency countries, but also from countries facing similar challenges, our target audience includes:

  • Senior officials (policy makers) at the Ministry of Finance and other ministries engaged in public-sector fixed asset management.
  • Public sector managers and directors engaged in asset management processes, in developing and maintaining asset records, and in managing asset portfolios.
  • Public sector managers and directors engaged in the design and implementation of public sector accounting reforms.
  • Representatives of Supreme Audit Institutions.
  • Representatives of academia in the areas of public-sector management, accounting, and auditing.
  • Politicians with an interest in public sector asset management 
  • Public administration representatives engaged in the implementation of the key anti-corruption documents, focused on enhancing transparency, awareness raising and result-oriented application of anti-corruption mechanisms in the field of public sector asset management.

Practical information

This learning event will be delivered in the format of an online course. The language of the online course is English.  Applications must be submitted no later than March 7, 2024. Candidates will need to be approved by CEF.
No fee will be charged for attending the online course.

Faculty

  • Gorana Roje, Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets, Croatia; CEF Associate Fellow
  • Eugenio Anessi-Pessina, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy 
  • Nives Botica Redmayne, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Nikola Naumovski, Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative, Senior Anti-corruption Advisor

Partners

This learning initiative is supported by:

Slovenia's Development Cooperation

Submit your application today to secure your spot at our course. Deadline for applying to this course is March 7, 2024.

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