The Cluster Finance Services for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) was launched on 8 July jointly with the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) and the Ministry of Finance. The event was graced by the RCSC Chairperson and the Secretaries from the Finance and Agriculture along with heads of the departments and finance staff.
The Cluster Finance Services is the collaborative initiative of the RCSC and Finance based on the concept of sharing services by leveraging the use of ICT.
According to the press release from the MoAF, the initiative would bring together all finance personnel working in various regional, autonomous and branch offices under one cluster office. All finance services would be catered from the office of Cluster Finance Services irrespective of the location of the agencies. However, this initiative does not include the finance sections of the Dzongkhag Administration.
It will optimize and rationalize the deployment of finance personnel and eliminate the current practice of their placement in individual agencies and achieve the objective of doing more with less.
This initiative is expected to enhance prudent fiscal discipline through proper check and control mechanisms and institute adequate internal control systems in the agencies.
It is also expected to improve the performance and delivery of finance services through enhanced efficiency of finance personnel and standardized service delivery across agencies.
It is further expected to contribute towards restructuring the budget process and financial norms as enshrined in the Royal Kasho on Civil Service Reform.
Meanwhile, this initiative was piloted for the regional offices at Paro in March, Bumthang in April and Trashiyangtse in May this year. It is being carried out with the fund support from the European Union and the Austrian Development Agency and administered by the World Bank.