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Paraguay

Open Budget Survey 2017

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Transparency

43

out of 100
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Public Participation

11

out of 100
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Budget Oversight

48

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)

43

out of 100

Paraguay provides the public with limited budget information.

How Does Paraguay's Open Budget Index Score Compare?

In the Open Budget Survey 2017, this country is being assessed for the first time.

Recommendations for Improving Transparency

Paraguay should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Produce and publish a Pre-Budget Statement, Mid-Year Review, and Citizens Budget.
  • Increase the information provided in the Executive’s Budget Proposal by providing more detail on budget performance measures, linking the budget more closely to policy, and providing detail on quasi-fiscal activities.
  • Increase the information provided in the Year-End Report by providing comparisons between planned outcomes and actual outcomes for nonfinancial performance indicators and indicators of borrowing/debt.

Public Participation

11

out of 100

Paraguay provides few opportunities for the public to engage in the budget process.

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

Global Average 12/100
Brazil 35/100
Peru 22/100
Colombia 15/100
Argentina 13/100
Bolivia 13/100
Chile 11/100
Paraguay 11/100
Venezuela 7/100
Ecuador 6/100
Recommendations for Improving Participation

Paraguay 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.

Budget Oversight (by Legislature & Audit)

48

out of 100

The legislature and supreme audit institution in Paraguay provide limited oversight of the budget.

To What Extent Does the Legislature Provide Budget Oversight?

Formulation/Approval 52/100
Execution/Audit 27/100

The legislature provides limited 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?

Adequate 61/100

The supreme audit institution provides adequate budget oversight.

Recommendations for Improving Oversight

Paraguay 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 the supreme audit institution has adequate funding to perform its duties, as determined by an independent body (e.g., the legislature or judiciary).
  • Consider setting up an independent fiscal institution.



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