1. Global Fund Coordinating Unit
  2. Millenium Challenge Account Lesotho

    • To oversee smooth implementation of the projects financed by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Government of Lesotho.
    • To ensure proper liaison between the Implementing Entities and MCC.
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  3. Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS)

    To provide an integrated computerized financial package to the effectiveness and transparency of public resource management by computerizing the budget management and accounting system for government.

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  4. Integrated Revenue Management System (IRMS)

    This program is aimed towards automating Customs and Tax processes in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of revenue collection processes and technology through the provision of a single view of the taxpayer.

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  5. Implementation of Customs Scanners

    The objective is to put in place scanners that will be used to facilitate and significantly increase the efficiency of inspections. The scanners will assist in the fight against smuggling of goods into the country.

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  6. Border Post Infrastructure Refurbishment

    To improve border post infrastructure.

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  7. Upgrading of Payroll and Human Resource Information System

    Upgrade of current UniQue payroll to ResourceLink Human Resource/Payroll integrated system. All HR offices will be connected to the central database at Ministry of Finance data centre to maintain Human Resources related information.

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  8. Records Management

      The Records Management Project was established in 2012 as an integral part of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS), under the cluster of Public Financial Management of the Public Sector Improvement and Reform. Based on international best practice, IFMIS has a direct impact on the record keeping practices in many respects and could not continue to remain a neglected asset within Ministry of Finance.


      The Records Management Project under the Ministry of Finance is aimed at establishing policies and procedures related to record keeping ; designing and establishing standardized record keeping system for all the Ministry’s financial records; strengthening credibility of the Government financial management reform through proper record keeping and creating a foundation for future integration of paper-based system to the new electronic environment.


      The project, therefore, is developing a robust information structure coupled with capacity building for effective management of public sector records from the time of creation up to a time a decision is made to keep or destroy them in accordance with both the Financial Regulations and the Archives Act. Access to reliable and accurate information sources is critical to the Government in its quest to promote the rule of law, transparent service delivery to citizens as well as public accountability.


      In line with this, the Records Management Project, though being implemented in phases, and depending on the availability of resources, has accomplished some major activities such as refurbishment of the former Liquor Commission building turning it into a fully-fledged Records Centre. The Records Centre has become fully operational housing semi-current records from the Treasury (IFMIS requirement) as well as the line Ministries, and the sub-accountancies. IFMIS source documents, Privatization Unit records and Millenium Challenge Account (MCA) documents are also kept at the Records Centre and these are fully accessible to support audit trails.


      It remains the project short term target to provide access to reliable and accurate information sources to support micro fiscal planning. The records project, therefore, has developed a comprehensive manual system for all types of records in preparation for automation and the introduction of Electronic Records Management System (ERMS) which will make retrieval of records much easier and faster.


      In order for records to support the Government initiatives as a valuable asset, records must be managed from the time they are received, through distribution, use and maintenance, until they are finally destroyed or permanently archived.


      “Making records available to the right person, at the right time and in the right format”


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  9. Assistance to Lesotho Institute of Accounts

    The project focusses on the review and development of the teaching and learning materials for accounting studies, as well as capacity building for Center for Accounting Studies (CAS) and Lesotho Institute of Accountants (LIA)

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  10. Public Financial Management Reforms
  11. Partial Credit Guarantee Fund (PCGF)
    Background:
    • The Parliament of Lesotho allocated M50 Million to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in 2011/2012 to establish PCGF.
    • PCGF was established to support SMMEs that are credit worthy but do not have adequate collateral security to obtain loans from the Commercial Banks. The government of Lesotho took this initiative to liberate SMMEs from the burdensome of the limited access to finance by the private sector.
    • Ministry of Finance concluded the negotiations and signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with First National Bank, Standard Lesotho Bank, Lesotho PostBank and NedBank on PCGF.
    • The Credit is provided by the participating Banks on the viable/bankable projects while PCGF provide partial collateral security.
    • The economic importance of the SMMEs sector and its substantial contribution to employment and economic growth are evident across the world.
    Policy guidelines:
    • The Applicants must submit their Eligible/Bankable projects directly to the participating commercial Banks.
    • The participating Banks provide their unqualified approval to PCGF for guarantee certificate.
    • PCGF may conduct its own due diligence depending on the level of risk.The turnaround time is now 1 day.
    • The loan amount applied for will not be used for the purpose of which is not intended for.
    • PCGF provide the guarantee on all the development and priority sectors under the National Strategic Development Plan.
    • The Fund provides 50/50 guarantee coverage for existing business and 70/30 guarantee coverage for start-ups on the final loss.
    • The loan amount to be guaranteed is not supposed to exceed M5 Million and there is no lower limit.
    • PCGF does not provide grants.
    • PCGF does not charge the Applicants any fees.

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  12. Public Sector Modernisation Project

      The project development objective (PDO) of the Public Sector Modernisation Project is to strengthen strategic-level planning and to improve efficiency in the fiscal and human resource management of Selected Ministries. The project provides horizontal support to the central ministries to strengthen public administration, as well as vertical support to targeted sector ministries to improve resource management systems and capacities for service delivery. The project is aimed at addressing ‘broad cross-cutting issues’, such as civil service and fiscal management, to reduce inefficiencies in the use of public resources across the administration. At the same time, given the high level of irregularities in both HR and financial management (FM), the project focuses on improving those areas in the targeted MDAs which would significantly impact social service delivery and poverty reduction in Lesotho. Direct beneficiaries of this multi-sectoral operation will therefore be the stakeholders of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Ministry of Public Sector, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Development Planning, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Training, and Bureau of Statistics—that is, those engaged in addressing institutional-strengthening needs that are essential to enhancing service delivery.


      The project is financed by an Investment Project Financing (IPF) of US$10 million over a four year period. The modality for project implementation consists of a blended approach which combines Technical Assistance to provide hands-on support as well as knowledge expertise. The project is organized into four components, deemed critical to achieve the PDO. The components are: (a) Strategic Planning and Fiscal Management; (b) Strengthening Human Resource Management; (c) Improving Statistical Capacity; and (d) Strategic Implementation Support.


      COMPONENT 1: Strategic Planning and Fiscal Management

      Strengthening strategic and fiscal planning, and decision-making processes and improvement of expenditure planning and management in the health and education sectors to achieve more effective and efficient service delivery. The component focuses on three main activities: (a) preparation and implementation of the next NSDP, covering the period 2017/18–2021/22; (b) development of the annual BFP, setting out the fiscal framework and spending priorities and choices for the coming three-year period; and (c) budget preparation and execution processes in the two major service-delivery ministries.


      COMPONENT 2: Strengthening Human Resources Management

      The component aims to (a) reduce irregular Human Resource (HR) and salary payments cases; (b) enhance wage bill and HR control at the Selected Ministries; and (c) improve Human Resource Management practices and deployment of HR for better service delivery.


      COMPONENT 3: Improving Statistical Capacity

      The objectives of this component is to produce timely and reliable economic, social, and poverty statistics to provide a basis for better fiscal planning, as well as a monitoring tool for NSDP. This component provides support for: (a) improvement of national accounts and (b) conducting Household Budget Surveys (HBS).


      COMPONENT 4: Strategic Implementation Support

      This component finances the Project Coordination Unit (PCU) i.e Public Financial Management Reform Secretariat (PFMRS) to coordinate the implementing ministries and agencies to create synergy and a coherent approach to public sector modernization. The PCU carries out project, procurement, and financial management. In view of policy coordination aspirations of the coalition government, led by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the project supports capacity building of the PMO for policy formulation, coordination, and M&E.


      CONTACT DETAILS:

      Tsolo Maoeng
      Project Coordinator, PFMR Secretariat
      Ministry of Finance
      P.O. Box 395
      Maseru 100
      Lesotho
      Tel: (+266) 28328974/28315589/28324748
      Email: mrmaoeng.tsolo@gmail.com


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