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Equatorial Guinea

Open Budget Survey 2017

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Country Summary - English Country Summary - Spanish Questionnaire
Transparency

0

out of 100
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Public Participation

0

out of 100
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Budget Oversight

22

out of 100
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IBP considers countries that score above 60 on the Open Budget Index as providing sufficient budget information to enable the public to engage in budget discussions in an informed manner. IBP considers countries scoring above 60 on participation and oversight as providing adequate opportunities for the public to participate in the budget process and providing adequate oversight practices, respectively.

Transparency (Open Budget Index)

0

out of 100

Equatorial Guinea provides the public with no budget information.

How Has the Open Budget Index Score Changed Over Time?
Recommendations for Improving Transparency

Equatorial Guinea should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Publish an Executive’s Budget Proposal online.
  • Publish a Pre-Budget Statement, an Enacted Budget, a Mid-Year Review, a Year-End Report, and an Audit Report online.
  • Produce In-Year Reports and a Citizens Budget and publish them online.

Public Participation

0

out of 100

Equatorial Guinea provides the public with no opportunities to engage in the budget process.

How Does Public Participation Compare to Other Countries in the Region?

Global Average 12/100
Ghana 22/100
Nigeria 13/100
Liberia 11/100
Sierra Leone 6/100
Equatorial Guinea 0/100
São Tomé e Príncipe 0/100
Recommendations for Improving Participation

Equatorial Guinea should prioritize the following actions to improve public participation in its budget process:

  • Pilot mechanisms for members of the public and executive branch officials to exchange views on national budget matters during both the formulation of the national budget and the monitoring of its implementation. These mechanisms could build on innovations, such as participatory budgeting and social audits. For examples of such mechanisms, see fiscaltransparency.net/mechanisms.
  • Hold legislative hearings on the formulation of the annual budget, during which members of the public or civil society organizations can testify.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution in formulating its audit program and to participate in relevant audit investigations.

Budget Oversight (by Legislature & Audit)

22

out of 100

The legislature and supreme audit institution in Equatorial Guinea provide weak oversight of the budget.

To What Extent Does the Legislature Provide Budget Oversight?

Formulation/Approval 43/100
Execution/Audit 20/100

The legislature provides weak oversight during the budget cycle. This score reflects that the legislature provides limited oversight during the planning stage of the budget cycle and weak oversight during the implementation stage of the budget cycle.

To What Extent Does the Supreme Audit Institution Provide Budget Oversight?

No Oversight 0/100

The supreme audit institution provides no budget oversight.

Recommendations for Improving Oversight

Equatorial Guinea should prioritize the following actions to make budget oversight more effective:

  • Ensure the legislature holds a debate on budget policy prior to the tabling of the Executive’s Budget Proposal and approves recommendations for the upcoming budget.
  • Ensure a legislative committee examines and publishes reports on in-year budget implementation online.
  • Ensure a prompt establishment of the supreme audit institution and require legislative or judicial approval to appoint and/or remove the head of the institution.
  • Consider setting up an independent fiscal institution.

Open Budget Survey 2015

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Country Summary - English Country Summary - Spanish Questionnaire

Transparency (Open Budget Index) 4/100 

The Government of Equatorial Guinea provides the public with scant budget information.

Public Participation 2/100 

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

Budget Oversight 

By legislature 24/100

Budget oversight by the legislature in Equatorial Guinea is weak.

By auditor 0/100

Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in Equatorial Guinea is nonexistent.

Recommendations 

Improving Transparency

Equatorial Guinea should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Publish an Executive’s Budget Proposal.
  • Publish a Year-End Report and In-Year Reports.
  • Produce and publish the Audit Report, Citizens Budget, Pre-Budget Statement, and Mid-Year Review.
Improving Participation

Equatorial Guinea 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 (as well as on audit reports) at which testimony from the public is heard.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution to formulate its audit program and participate in audit investigations.
Improving Oversight

Equatorial Guinea should prioritize the following actions to strengthen budget oversight:

  • Establish a specialized budget research office for the legislature.
  • Ensure the executive receives prior approval by the legislature before implementing a supplemental budget.
  • Require legislative or judicial approval to remove the head of the supreme audit institution.

 



Open Budget Survey 2010

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Country Summary Country Summary - Spanish Questionnaire

Open Budget Survey 2008

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Country Summary Country Summary Questionnaire



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