The Cantonal Practitioners Network Contributes to development planning and management in Federation of BiH

Nov 14, 2017

The cantonal practitioners network significantly contributes to the implementation of a strategic planning and development management in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), highlighted at the fifth meeting of the network, which was held from November 8th to November 10th, 2017 in Široki Brijeg. The host of the event was the Government of the West Herzegovina Canton. Representatives of eight cantons in the Federation of BiH took part in the event. The Network of Cantonal Practitioners is an initiative launched by the Federal Institute for Development Programming and supported by the Integrated Local Development Project (ILDP). ILDP is a joint project of the Government of Switzerland and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in BiH.

"The aim of the event is exchange of good practices, knowledge and experience among cantonal practitioners in the field of implementation of strategic documents and implementation of projects, as well as implementation of the Law on development planning and development management in the Federation of BiH," said Nasir Nalić, ILDP Advisor.

Discussion of the implementation of the newly adopted Law on Development Planning and Management in the Federation of BiH, was an important point on the agenda. All participants were also informed about the status of bylaws that arise from the Law. Colleagues from Tuzla Canton presented their experiences, since they already successfully established the Cantonal Development Council.

"The recent establishment of the Development Council is a guarantee that we will have even more concrete results in the future, which will contribute to a better life of Tuzla Canton inhabitants," said Salmir Avdibašić, Assistant Minister in the Tuzla Canton Government and member of the Cantonal Practitioners Network.

The development management process in the cantons was also discussed, and the experience of the West Herzegovina Canton was presented as the first canton that adopted the Integrated Development Strategy and faced the challenges during its implementation.

"We are aware of the necessity to strengthen the implementation capacities, that it is necessary to better integrate implementation planning with budget planning and to continuously work on strengthening the coordination of all participants in the process", said Zdenko Ćosić, the Prime Minister of the West Herzegovina Canton.

Within the scope of the seminar, a visit to Split was organized where the members of the Network of cantonal practitioners had the opportunity to get acquainted with the development experience of Split-Dalmatia County. Good experiences and lessons learned on strategic planning and the role of county development agencies and county partner councils in the implementation of strategies and development projects were presented. Members of the Network had opportunity to get acquainted with the way in which development agencies operate in Croatia, and exchange experiences with representatives of the Regional Development Agency (RERA) of the Split-Dalmatia County.

Blaženko Boban, Split-Dalmatia County prefect, said that the County and RERA are ready to share experiences with colleagues from neighbouring development agencies, and stressed that "it is a common interest to have a more competitive economy in the region."

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