As required by the Treasury Board Directive for the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. It also provides the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.
Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to supporting departmental mandate and the government's priorities.
The mandate of CIDA is to manage Canada's aid resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable development results, and to engage in policy development in Canada and internationally. CIDA's mission is to lead Canada's international effort to help people living in poverty.
CIDA's efforts contribute to ensuring food security, generating sustainable economic growth, giving children and youth a better future, stabilizing fragile countries, and responding to natural disasters.
Travel, hospitality and conference expenditures support the achievement of CIDA's international mandate.
Total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences of CIDA are summarized below:
|Expenditure Category||Expenditures for the year ending March 31,2012 (a)||Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2011 (b)||Variance
(a - b)
|Travel - Public Servants||8,464||10,865||(2,401)|
|Travel - Non-Public Servants||36||118||(82)|
|International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff||169||186||(17)|
Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year
Compared to the fiscal year 2010-2011, CIDA's travel expenditures by public servants, non-public servants, the Minister and Minister's staff have decreased by $2.5 million. As part of government-wide efforts, CIDA has been working towards reducing costs and more effective management of travel requirements to fulfil its international mandate.
Hospitality and Conference Fees:
Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, hospitality and conference fees expenditures for CIDA have decreased slightly from previous year. Government-wide cost containment measures during the past few years helped to further reduce these costs.