The 2022 Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessment of the Dominican Republic was conducted at the request of the Government of the Dominican Republic, represented by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), with the support of the Delegation of the European Union in Santo Domingo. The overall purpose of the exercise was to provide the Ministry of Finance and other relevant public sector institutions in the country with an up-to-date, independent, objective and shared assessment of the current performance of the public financial management (PFM) system in the Dominican Republic, including an appraisal of the system’s ability to promote and support the implementation of gender-responsive public policies, using a widely recognized and internationally accepted assessment methodology: the PEFA framework.
The Ministry of Finance led the PEFA assessment exercise through the Vice-Ministry of the Treasury, which was also the focal point for the assessment. The other members of the Reference Group, which coordinated and supervised the exercise, were the Ministry of the Economy, Planning and Development, and the Ministry for Women, together with the participating international cooperation agencies. The assessment team comprised three international consultants who are experts in the different public financial management system processes and specialists in the use of the PEFA methodology. This project commenced 25th May 2022 and ended on 1st June 2023.
The assessment used the 2016 revised PEFA framework, approved in February of that year, with 31 indicators and 94 dimensions. In addition, and for the first time, the
PFM system’s ability to support the implementation of gender-responsive public policies was assessed using the Supplementary Framework for Assessing Gender Responsive Public Financial Management approved in January 2020, which includes 9 indicators and 12 dimensions. Finally, the preliminary version of this report was submitted to the peer reviewers appointed by the Reference Group in compliance with the requirements of the PEFA CHECK, the quality assurance mechanism for PEFA assessments. In the case of the Dominican Republic, 39 of the 40 indicators were applicable and could be assessed.
The final Guidelines were approved and successfully presented at a final workshop on April 18th, 2023.
The final report is available on the PEFA website: https://www.pefa.org/node/5128