The Argentine Congressional Budget Office (Oficina de Presupuesto del Congreso -OPC) together with IRI (International Republican Institute), and the Parliamentary Diplomacy Office of the Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine Republic, organized the conference on Budget Offices on May 6 and 7.
For two days, representatives of local and international Budges Offices participated in talks and debates on their parliamentary work, expectations, demands and challenges.
Lucio Muñoz Meneses, official of the General Secretariat of the Colombian Senate; Liliana Ruiz, researcher of “México Evalúa” (Mexico); Victor Hugo Neciosup, parliamentary specialist from Peru; and, via videoconference, Jose Luis Escrivá Belmonte, president of the Independent Authority of Fiscal Responsibility of Spain (AIREF), participated in the event.
As local representatives, Sofía Devalle, Director of the Technical Budget Office of the Legislature of the province of Cordoba; Alfonso Brandi, Director of the Budget and Finance Office of the Legislature of the province of Mendoza; and Liliana Montero, legislator of the province of Cordoba and member of the Political Action Network, shared their experiences.
The OPC Director, Marcos Makón, thanked the entire IRI working team and the organizer of its International Program Coordinator, Casey Cagley, for the possibility of sharing with other countries management experiences that contribute to the daily work. “OPC is in a process of institutional growth and identity consolidation”, said Makón.
Other participants were representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations: Carolina Tchintian (CIPPEC), Dalile Antunez (ACIJ) and Diego Naveira (Nuevas Generaciones).
It was an institutional meeting with constructive debates, exchange of experiences and learning to professionalize and improve the work of each entity in its technical role of supporting parliaments.