The dedicated office of the National Authorising Officer (NAO) for the European Development Fund (EDF) in the Commonwealth of Dominica was established in October 2000, with Technical/Programming and Administrative staff.
The overall objective of the NAO's office is to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of programmes funded by the European Union (EU). This is especially critical in light of the Post Lomé 'Cotonou Agreement', the recipient state must ensure funds are effectively committed, disbursed and implemented at the risk of losing allocations to other more 'efficient' ACP countries.
The position of National Authorising Officer (NAO) is outlined in Article 35, Chapter 6 "Management and Executing Agencies", Annex IV Implementation and Management Procedures of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States.
The Article provides for the appointment by each ACP State of an NAO Officer to represent it in all operations financed by the resources of the European Development Fund (EDF), managed by the European Commission (EC).
The NAO of the Commonwealth of Dominica is Miss Marjorie Carleen Roberts. The NAO is the official signatory to all operations financed from the Fund resources managed by the Commission and the Bank instruments available to the Government of Dominica and is by implication legally responsible for overseeing all cooperation agreements and projects that arise from these instruments.
The NAO in close cooperation with the Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, is responsible for:
- The preparation, submission and appraisal of project dossiers
- Preparation and appraisal of tender dossiers
- Award and signature of contracts and riders thereto
- Approval of expenditure and initiation of payment orders
- Making technical and economic adjustments necessary for ensuring the proper execution of projects.
- Monitoring and evaluation of projects