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Nicholas gratuated in 1996 Hons in Economics University of Melbourne
Alumni Newsletter 1996

Nicholas Cumpston Australia

Postal Address:PO Box 111, Port Vila, Vanuatu Location:Australian High Commission,
KPMG House, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Name: Mr Nick Cumpston Phone 0011 678 23341

Role: First Secretary (Development Assistance)
Location Australian High Commission, KPMG House, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Postal Address PO Box 111, Port Vila, Vanuatu
[email protected]

LTSF Review Country Consultation Meeting Pacific Region 12 July 2007, Koror, Palau

A consultation meeting on the review of ADB’s Long-term Strategic Framework
with Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) was held on 12 July 2007 in Koror,
the Republic of Palau. The meeting was chaired by VPO2 and was attended by senior
officials of the Pacific Developing Member Countries (PDMCs) on the occasion of the
Eleventh Forum of Economic Ministers Meeting (List of persons present in Attachment
List of Participants

Australia Mr. Nicholas Cumpston
Director, Pacific and Regional Section
Department of Foreign Affiars and Trade
(DFAT) Observer



The National Economic and Fiscal Commission hosted a meeting of Provincial Governors in Mt Hagen in October. This conference was called to present Governors with the Commission’s proposals for reform of the present system of funding for Provinces and LLGs. CEO and Chairman, Dr Nao Badu, made a detailed and well-received presentation to the 16 Governors, highlighting the problems
of the current system and putting forward detailed proposals for its reform. These proposals are the product of significant research, deliberation and consultation into PNG’s intergovernmental
financial system system, undertaken over the past 2½ years.

Pictured at the the Governors’ Conference: Erue Morea, Nick Cumpston, Kathy Whimp, Francis Kore,
Jacob Ekinye, Idau Iairi and Jonathan Gouy.

The photo of Nick and the full write up can be seen at:

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE Honours Theses 1990-1999

Economics and Commerce honours theses are available on microfilm in the Baillieu Library (call number BA MIC/o 6377). Honours theses are listed here by year of completion. The microfilm roll and section number is given next to each title.

Year Last Name First Name Title of Thesis Microfilm Roll Microfilm Section

1996 Cumpston Nicholas Indirect Taxation in Australia: Comparing the Distributional Effects of Alternative Systems of Indirect Taxation Using the LES. 27 9

Vanuatu Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability Final report

Client: European Commission Delegation Vanuatu
ECORYS Nederland BV
Carole Pretorius
Corina Certan
Rotterdam, July 2006

Objective of the PFM-PR
The overall objective of the report is to provide all stakeholders with an assessment of
Public Financial Management (PFM) in Vanuatu using the Public Expenditure and
Financial Accountability (PEFA) methodology. This methodology allows measurement
of country PFM performance over time and is an important element of the strengthened
approach to PFM, which recognises the need for strong government ownership.
This assignment is specifically designed to: (i) provide relevant information to orient
dialogue between the government and main donors on PFM and to help facilitate
improved donor co-ordination; and (ii) contribute to determining the eligibility of the
country to further budget support in line with article 61(2) of the Cotonou Agreement.
Detailed terms of reference are attached as Annex 1.

The report has been prepared by two external consultants from ECORYS appointed under
an EC framework contract. Mr N Cumpston from Australian Aid and Mr D Chandler
from the World Bank also participated in some of the interviews. The report could not
have been prepared without the significant assistance and co-operation of all Government
of Vanuatu (GOV) officials, particularly the Director of Finance Mr B Shing for coordinating
the whole process and to Mr L August for arranging interviews and facilitating
the collection of information.

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