First Summit of Excellence in Local Management

The U.S. Ambassador William H. Moser attended the First Summit of Excellence in Local Management (ELM) in Moldova, organized by the new USAID Local Government Support Project (LGSP). “Through the Local Government Support Project, U.S. Government will continue to provide support to local authorities that are the closest to the citizens of Moldova”, said Ambassador Moser during the Summit.

Representatives of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, central and local government, donors, international organizations and civil society attended the event. Iurie Ţap, Chairman of the Special Parliamentary Commission on decentralization and local autonomy strengthening, in his welcoming speech, mentioned that Local Government Support Project is very opportune in the context of implementation of the Decentralization Strategy and its Action Plan, which is a strategic objective of the Alliance for European Integration.

The goal of the Summit is to foster a constructive competition between municipalities, motivate local authorities to set higher objectives and support  them in achieving these objectives as part of the decentralization reform. As a pilot programme, ELM will focus on cities - regional centers, providing training and technical assistance in order to strengthen the profile of local authorities by institutionalizing the practices and tools that promote good governance and transparency. The ELM Summit will be held annually and will provide the opportunity to share the successes and lessons learnt, identify the trends and assess the efforts and achievements of the decentralization reform.

The Local Performance Indicator (LPI) was presented as a tool to assess the progress achieved by local authorities in improving service delivery, energy efficiency, financial management and budgeting. The use of LPI will boost the transparency and commitment of citizens in the context of community development.

Scott Johnson said in his speech: “We believe that local authorities can meet the challenge to achieve the decentralization objectives of the government, thus ensuring a better quality of life for citizens, and we hope that our project will help achieve these successes.”



Tatiana Badan, Chairperson of the Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova (CALM), welcomed the launch of the Summit and LGSP project, emphasizing that most members of CALM, being partners of the first decentralization support programme of the U.S. Government (LGRP project), still feel the effects and benefits of schooling and assistance received in terms of capacity building and quality service delivery.

LGSP aims to assist local authorities in planning and implementing the policies and procedures that would contribute to good governance, development of local capacity to meet the responsibilities related to decentralization in transparent delivery of services, and that would produce an increase of local economies and result in more cost-effective and efficient services. 



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