Published on : 12/05/23 7:57 AM
A three-day capacity building seminar organised by the NCPBM on program budget took place at the Yaoundé Conference Centre from 9-11 May 2023.
Chaired by the President of the NCPBM, His Excellency Peter MAFANY MUSONGE, this workshop had as objective to enlighten members of the Commission on the philosophy and procedures of the program budget.
Concretely, this seminar was animated by four experts from the Department of Budget Reforms in the Directorate General of Budget who had as responsibility to present, in English and/or French, the Dynamics of Public Finance Management Reforms, the Basics, purpose and key concepts of program budgeting; the Performance Based Management of Programs; the Budgetary Calendar for Public Institutions, the Presentation of main Budgetary Documents and the Execution of Budgetary Operations by Public Entities.
In addition to the above modules, a presentation on the General Strategy of the Organisation of Administrations: Objectives and Recommendations was done by the Permanent Secretary for Administrative Reforms at the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reforms.
Some of the issues raised after the presentations centered on the place of the program manager and the management controller in the organisational chart of ministries, the economic crises of 1973, 1978 and 1988 that affected Cameroon and justified the choice of the program budget, the role of donor organisations in the dynamics of reforms in Cameroon as well as the fear that the single treasury account may lead to hyper centralization of funds that could generate future problems.
Members of the Commission who answered present lauded the initiative to be sensitized on key topical issues of Program Budget. It should be noted that this seminar was graced with so many proposals, sharing of experiences and above all, questions, and answers. All this was done in total conviviality.
Finally, the members appreciated the quality of the presentations and promised to apply the skills acquired, to ameliorate performance within the Commission.