Noureddine Bensouda: The State accounting reform crucial for the Agencification of the public sector

The General Treasury of the Kingdom (TGR), hosted this Saturday, June 18, a conference-debate around “The Agencification of the public sector: Between the ambition of performance and the drifts of the implementation”. Speaking on this occasion, the Treasurer General of the Kingdom, Noureddine Bensouda, affirmed that the accounting reform of the State as well as the consolidation of the accounts of the public sector play a crucial role in facilitating the Agencification of the public sector.

In this sense, he explained that “the accounting reform of the State as well as the consolidation of public sector accounts could contribute to more transparency, accountability and strengthening of the control of the national representation over the Agencies in Morocco”. .

After noting that the agencification of the public sector, which has become “visible” in recent years, has always given rise to much debate between supporters and opponents of this mode of public management, the Treasurer General of the Kingdom indicated that at the base of the he craze for agencification is the attraction for private sector management models, considered to be “lighter, more flexible and more pragmatic”.

The proliferation of agencies in the public sector and the growth they have experienced are motivated by the search for performance and rationalization which, according to supporters, requires “shedding the weight of bureaucracy and what makes the rigidity of the Public Administration”, he specified.

And to maintain that by creating entities with the necessary flexibility, greater autonomy in management and by setting up accountability mechanisms, most often based on results, it is logical to have efficiency and performance at the key.

For his part, Michel Bouvier, University Professor and President of the International Foundation for Public Finance (FONDAFIP), pointed out that a preliminary overview of the phenomenon of “the use of agencies by the public sector” leads to draw a parallel with the new framework established by contemporary budgetary reforms, such as the Organic Law relating to the Finance Law (LOF) in Morocco or the LOLF in France.

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This framework, he said, proceeds from an agency logic and has as its main axes a specialization and globalization of credits by programme, accompanied by a logic of objectives and results, in other words, of “a performance evaluation”, noting that the basic principle being accountability of decision-makers and public managers.

The new public financial governance is not limited to empowering program managers by allocating them the means, which they can use as they please (or almost), to achieve the objectives set, said Michel Bouvier, also Director of the Review. French public finance department (RFFP).

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According to the French expert, these managers are also judged on their results and their action falls within the framework of a logic of performance, and therefore, results indicators are therefore drawn up for all levels of responsibility, and that on the basis of these same indicators, that the management is the subject of an evaluation.

It should be noted that this meeting organized jointly by the General Treasury of the Kingdom (TGR) and FONDAFIP with the support of the RFFP, revolves around three main axes, namely: The ambition of performance in terms of agencification of the service public, the excesses of the implementation of agencification as well as its prospects.

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It comes in the wake of the establishment by the Kingdom of a new institutional and organizational framework, in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 82.20 establishing the National Agency for the Strategic Management of State Participations and Monitoring of performance of public establishments and enterprises (EEP), adopted in July 2021.

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