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Qatar

Open Budget Survey 2017

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Country Summary - Arabic Country Summary - English Questionnaire
Transparency

0

out of 100
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Public Participation

2

out of 100
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Budget Oversight

2

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

Qatar provides the public with no budget information.

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

Qatar should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

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

Public Participation

2

out of 100

Qatar 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
Egypt 11/100
Jordan 11/100
Qatar 2/100
Tunisia 2/100
Algeria 0/100
Iraq 0/100
Lebanon 0/100
Morocco 0/100
Saudi Arabia 0/100
Sudan 0/100
Yemen 0/100
Recommendations for Improving Participation

Qatar 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)

2

out of 100

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

To What Extent Does the Legislature Provide Budget Oversight?

Formulation/Approval 0/100
Execution/Audit 0/100

The legislature provides weak oversight during the budget cycle. This score reflects that the legislature provides no oversight during the planning stage of the budget cycle and no oversight during the implementation stage of the budget cycle.

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

Weak 6/100

The supreme audit institution provides weak budget oversight.

Recommendations for Improving Oversight

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

  • Ensure the Executive’s Budget Proposal is provided to legislators at least two months before the start of the budget year.
  • Ensure a legislative committee examines and publishes reports on in-year budget implementation online.
  • Require legislative or judicial approval to appoint and remove the head of the supreme audit institution.
  • Consider setting up an independent fiscal institution to further strengthen budget oversight.

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Open Budget Survey 2015

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Country Summary - Arabic Country Summary - English Questionnaire

Transparency (Open Budget Index) 0/100 

The Government of Qatar provides the public with no budget information.

Public Participation 0/100 

The Government of Qatar provides the public with no opportunities to engage in the budget process.

Budget Oversight

By legislature 0/100

Budget oversight by the legislature in Qatar is nonexistent.

By auditor 0/100

Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in Qatar is nonexistent.

Recommendations

Improving Transparency

Qatar should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

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

Qatar 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

Qatar 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, the spending of any unanticipated revenue, and the spending of contingency funds that were not identified in the Enacted Budget.
  • Establish an independent supreme audit institution.




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