The Liberia Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Centeror (LIMPAC within the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning with support from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) completes circle one of its capacity building program for Liberia.
The exercise, which lasted over three weeks, focused on the usage of MS-Word for report writing and MS- Excel for data calculation and analysis, attracted trainees and employees from different departments and units of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.
Speaking at the occasion recently at the Ministry, Deputy Minister for Administration Rebecca McGill conveyed appreciations to LIMPAC and its partner, the ACBF for affording employees training opportunity and for its broader goal of implementing capacity building programs across the public sector in Liberia.
She encourages the trainees to apply knowledge acquired in the execution of their various responsibilities, and expresses hope that the utilization of acquired skills will enhance efficiency and productivity at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).
Deputy Minister McGill challenges the beneficiaries to share the skills acquired with their colleagues, terming knowledge-sharing as a multiplier in capacity development in any institution. She describes capacity building as “strengthening skills, competency and ability”, appeals for more support from the African Capacity Building Foundation, especially equipment to enable employees put their newly acquired skills to practice.
LIMPAC’s Executive Director Del-Francis Wreh, giving an overview of the program, pays tribute to former Finance and Development Planning Minister, Boima S. Kamara, whose efforts, he notes, had laid to the establishment of the training lab within the Ministry. He discloses former Minister Kamara encouraged the ACBF to provide fund for both the lab and payments for the facilitation of the training during a visit of a high-level delegation of the Foundation to Liberia early 2017.
Mr. Wreh also lauds current Samuel D. Tweah and the entire Senior Management Team at the Ministry for the tremendous support shown towards accelerating LIMPAC’s activities, including capacity building initiatives.
Meanwhile, he says the second cycle of the training exercises is already ongoing and the LIMPAC facilitators have placed more emphasis on Advanced Excel skills, and STATA for more robust statistical and data analysis.
Mr. Wreh explains the STATA training comprises 36 employees from the LISGIS, LRA, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Economic Management Department and the Tax Policy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, respectively.
The center, which is funded by the Government of Liberia and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) conducts policy research and provide advisory services to the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning besides implementing capacity building initiatives. Press Release