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Azerbaijan

Open Budget Survey Document Availability Tracker

December 2016 Update

To recognize improvements and identify slippages in budget transparency between rounds of the biennial Open Budget Survey, we periodically assess the public availability of the eight key budget documents – an essential component of transparency. This update presents the results of the most recent of these interim assessments.

Azerbaijan

Open Budget Survey 2015December 2016 Update
Pre-Budget StatementNot ProducedNot Produced
Executive's Budget ProposalAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Enacted BudgetAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Citizens BudgetAvailable to the PublicPublished Late
In-Year ReportsAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Mid-Year ReviewNot ProducedNot Produced
Year-End ReportAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Audit ReportAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public

As of 31 December 2016, the government of Azerbaijan makes five of eight key budget documents publicly available online in a timeframe consistent with international standards. This reflects a net decrease over the findings of the Open Budget Survey 2015, which assessed the availability of documents up to 30 June 2014. Since that assessment, Azerbaijan has failed to publish the Citizens Budget in a timely manner.

To improve budget transparency, Azerbaijan should publish a Citizens Budget in a timely manner, and produce and publish a Pre-Budget Statement and a Mid-Year Review. For more information on the content that the eight key budget documents should contain, and the publication timeframe for each document, please see IBP’s Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports and the Open Budget Survey Guidelines on Public Availability of Budget Documents.


2015

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Transparency (Open Budget Index) 51/100 

The Government of Azerbaijan provides the public with limited budget information.

 Public Participation 19/100 

The Government of Azerbaijan is weak in providing the public with opportunities to engage in the budget process.

Budget Oversight 

 By legislature 37/100

Budget oversight by the legislature in Azerbaijan is weak.

 By auditor 50/100

Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in Azerbaijan is limited.

Recommendations

Improving Transparency

Azerbaijan should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  •  Produce and publish a Pre-Budget Statement and Mid-Year Review.
  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Executive’s Budget Proposal by presenting more details on policy narratives and performance information.
  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Year-End Report.
 Improving Participation

Azerbaijan should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:

  •  Establish credible and effective mechanisms (i.e., public hearings, surveys, focus groups) for capturing a range of public perspectives on budget matters.
  • Hold legislative hearings on the budgets of specific ministries, departments, and agencies at which testimony from the public is heard.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to participate in audit investigations.
 Improving Oversight

Azerbaijan should prioritize the following actions to strengthen budget oversight:

  •  Establish a specialized budget research office for the legislature.
  • In both law and practice, ensure the legislature is consulted prior to the virement of funds in the Enacted Budget and the spending of contingency funds that were not identified in the Enacted Budget.
  • Grant the supreme audit institution full powers to undertake audits as it sees fit.



2008

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Azerbaijan’s score on the Open Budget Index shows that the government provides the public with minimal information on the central government’s budget and financial activities during the course of the budget year. This makes it difficult for citizens to hold government accountable for its management of the public’s money.





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