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.
|Open Budget Survey 2015||December 2016 Update|
|Pre-Budget Statement||Produced for Internal Use Only||Produced for Internal Use Only|
|Executive's Budget Proposal||Produced for Internal Use Only||Produced for Internal Use Only|
|Enacted Budget||Produced for Internal Use Only||Produced for Internal Use Only|
|Citizens Budget||Not Produced||Not Produced|
|In-Year Reports||Produced for Internal Use Only||Produced for Internal Use Only|
|Mid-Year Review||Produced for Internal Use Only||Produced for Internal Use Only|
|Year-End Report||Produced for Internal Use Only||Produced for Internal Use Only|
|Audit Report||Produced for Internal Use Only||Produced for Internal Use Only|
As of 31 December 2016, the government of Qatar makes none of the eight key budget documents available online to the public in a timeframe consistent with international standards.
To improve budget transparency, Qatar should publish an Executive’s Budget Proposal, a Year-End Report, and an Enacted Budget. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.