From November 29th to December 1st 2011, South Korea hosted the fourth edition of the Global Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) organized by the OECD.
This event comes after the Forums of Rome (2003), Paris (2005) and Aacra (2008) that helped turn aid partnership into real forces for development. The meeting of Busan attracted more than 3000 international delegates from 160 countries, 70 international organizations as well as the organizations of civil society. A Moroccan delegation headed by Mrs. Latifa Akharbach, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation attended this forum. Mrs. the Minister was accompanied by representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Among the thematic areas discussed in the meeting were: the alignment of aid on effective local systems, transparency and predictability, South-South cooperation, capacity building and knowledge sharing ...
Opening Ceremony : World figures
The Korean President Lee Myung-Bak stressed that the Korean development experience is to be shared with the emerging and developing countries to draw the right lessons and cooperate together.
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, pointed out that there remained only four years for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for 2015 namely the reduction of poverty in the world. Queen Rania of Jordan insisted on intelligent assistance: equal access to education, be it at the level of children`s schooling, updating skills or availability of faculty. The U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stressed that "we must continue shifting our approach and our thinking from aid to investment, targeted to produce tangible returns." She added that "the world community`s commitment is to help countries become more independent."
New resolutions : BUSAN outcome Document
The agreement between the different participants of the HLF-4, called the Partnership Agreement of Busan for an Effective Development Cooperation, sets out guidelines for a wide range of aid modalities, particularly with regard to South-South cooperation, fight against poverty and inequalities.
Countries should take initiatives to facilitate, increase and strengthen the impact of various funding sources by taxation, domestic resources mobilization, the private sector investment ...
Morocco and strengthening aid effectiveness
Morocco also undertook over the last years, major reforms in the field of public finance management. These reforms included the introduction of new methods of public funds management for the optimization of their use and improvement of fiscal transparency, as well as the reinforcement of the role of audit institutions. In accordance with international best practices, Morocco set up a continuous process of enriching budgetary information available to Parliament, civil society, media and the public. In view of this progress, Morocco believes that the donors` alignment to strategies and national procedures would contribute significantly to the aid effectiveness.