METACMiddle East Technical Assistance Center
METACMelbourne East Timorese Activity Centre (Australia; sister city program)
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This was funded by USAID Jordan Fiscal Reform Project and supported by METAC, and represents a good example of inter-agency coordination.
METAC will be providing future TA support for TADAT assessments throughout the region, in partnership with other development partners where appropriate.
For his part, the State Minister for Finance praised the efforts exerted and the role played by METAC through its final report in the conclusion and recommendations and the results that verify the success of the unified treasury system.
Also, METAC delivered technical assistance to the customs administration to strengthen its risk management, valuation systems and post-clearance audit.
Mohamad Elhage, METAC Coordinator, discussed the work in the areas covered by METAC in fiscal year 2016 (May 2015-April 2016).
He also bid farewell to the SC members as his tenure at METAC ends in June.
The METAC SC meets once a year to provide guidance to the Centers strategies and sets priorities for its capacity-building assistance.
The authorities, with METAC support, have identified areas for reform, including:
METAC provided a short-term consultant who developed a concept paper, which outlined and proposed an International Bank Account Number format and developed a comprehensive implementation plan with a specific time frame.
Emile Azar, METACS general manager, lauded the marriage between academia's reservoir of analytical thinkers and technology suppliers' practical expertise and technical know-how, which will help produce better engineering graduates and enhance standards in the manufacturing sector.