The Liberia Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Center (LIMPAC) within the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning today organized a graduation exercise for eleven analysts from the Department of Budget and Development Planning after two weeks of intensive training on the use of the Government of Liberia Automated Payroll System (ATAPs)
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Deputy Minister of Budget and Development Planning, Hon. Tanneh G. Brunson lamented that the certification of eleven analysts in the Budget and Development Planning Department is a milestone and a great achievement for the Ministry of Finance, especially the Budget Department.
She commended the analysts and encouraged them to use their knowledge wisely to support the Department of Finance’s mandate to recognize and maintain the confidentiality of payroll information.
According to the Hon. Brunson, certification is a major first step toward proper budget analysis, including payroll, and the new automated system provides the tools to hone their understanding and analysis.
“Trained analysts must implement what was taught during training and apply it to their work ethic and professionalism,” she explained.
She also encouraged analysts to stay focused and use what they were taught to directly improve their work and be open-minded about different issues during the payroll analysis process. She ended by saying ”Working as a budget analyst is key, and confidentiality matters”.
For his part, the Executive Director of the Liberia Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Center (LIMPAC), Mr. Del Francis Wreh reminded analysts that the Budget Department remains the main entry point for all government spending, including including the payroll of spending entities. which currently represents more than 40% of the national budget.
According to him, payroll is one of the key components of the budget, along with other components such as goods and services, debt payment, capital investment, and as such, the department Budget, through its analyst, should understand in detail and be involved in the payroll process, including the system and controls over the automated payroll system.
This means that analysts need to access the detailed payroll of their assigned agencies to track the variation of the actual payroll against the staff list, and track and analyze the trend of payrolls.
The Executive Director of LIMPAC also commended senior management for supporting trainings and future trainings for other departments with the Ministry of Finance.
He commended Deputy Minister Brunson for her dedicated support and commitment throughout the training process.