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Mongolia transferring to transparent “Glass Account” system

By E.DARI

Chief of Staff of the President of Mongolia O.Tsagaan, Legal Policy Advisor to the President Ch.Unubayar, and the Senior Legal Consultant G.Munkhtulga called on a press conference on Wednesday at the Citizen’s Hall on behalf of the President of Mongolia.

During the press conference, the newly issued decree by the President on making the civil service transparent and providing the public with budget transparency was introduced.

At the start of the conference, P.Tsagaan mentioned in his speech, “The President of Mongolia has signed his decree to steer the direction of the Government of Reform and Innovation towards total transparency in compliance with his full rights stated under the Constitution of Mongolia. The decree will go in force along with the approval of the Prime Minister. The brief concept of the decree is about transferring the income and expenditure transactions of governmental organizations and state-owned entities to a ‘Glass Account’ system.

“According to the decree, all of the information on the budget income, expenditure statement, as well as the reports of state-owned organizations financed from the state and local funding and of local government-owned entities will become open to the public from September 1, 2013. As stated in the current law, the state budget is enacted before December 1. The one in-charge of the budget draws an annual report within the first quarter of the next year and this report is examined by the National Audit Authority and is then introduced during the adoption of the following year’s budget. But starting in September, the present system will become much more transparent.

“Henceforth, all of the transactions of an entity or organization will become transparent and accessible to the public. Along with these changes, a significant reform is needed in how the budget is spent, which is the money of taxpayers. As of today, conducting an examination of and supervising the budget spending after 12 to 24 months gives rise to certain disputes. But with the adoption of this system, it will become available for the public to keep an eye on improper acts of how the budget is spent, which means that corruption will be curbed by ordinary citizens, not by a government administration or an official.

“In a previous effort towards transparency, starting from April 15, 2013, court decisions already became open to public in compliance with the newly adopted law, benefiting the citizens. As of today, some 77,600 of these decisions have been uploaded on the Internet and disclosed to the public. Previously, unfair and non-standard court decisions were followed by loads of complaints; while nowadays, the extent of the people complaining has been radically reduced.

“It is obvious that disputes over the budget and its spending will be diminished by making the financial transactions of state organizations also open to the public. With the adoption of the ‘Glass Account’ system, a state-owned entity or organization will have to post the breakdown of its income and expenditures online.”

 

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