Three brand new mini buses valued at over UD$95,000 have been turned over to the Ministry of Finance. The buses were turned over to three critical information technology units at the Ministry of Finance during the weekend. The units are the Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (IF MIS), Integrated TAX Information Systems (ITAS) and the Data Center.
The funding for the buses is part of the five million United States Dollars grant provided the government of Liberia by the Swedish International Development Agency(SIDA) as support to the country’s public financial management reforms program. Speaking at the turning over ceremony, Acting Deputy Finance Minister for Expenditure Matthew Flomo said he was grateful to SIDA for its assistance to Liberia’s reforms program.
Deputy Minister Flomo said the buses would go a long way in bridging some of the logistical gaps faced by the three units. He challenged the ITAS, IFMIS and Data Center to properly use and maintained the vehicles that have been assigned them. Minister Flomo noted the three units are critical to the improvement and enhancement of government revenue and expenditure management.
Also at the ceremony, Acting Deputy Finance Minister for Administration Cain Prince Andrews said the Ministry of Finance was on track in reforming and revolutionizing public financial management. He said the buses will engender effective staff movement and ensure improved service delivery in the Information Communication Technology unit of the ministry.
Minister Andrews extended thanks to SIDA on behalf of Finance Minister Augustine Ngafuan for what he called the much needed donation and urged the assigned units within the ministry to maximize the benefits for promotion of effectiveness within the fiscal management sector.
Acting Deputy Minister Andrews also stressed the need for the proper usage and maintenance of the buses. Assistant Minister for Revenue Andrew Paygar and the Commissioner for the Bureau of Internal Revenue Juah Kambor Feika in separate remarks commended the leadership of IFMIS for the level of support to the ITAS program.
The two revenue officials said they are grateful for the support to ITAS as it would help cover some of the logistical difficulties. They said with ITAS the process of tax information and payment will not only be enhanced but will reduce the cost and time of doing business.
The buses presentation ceremony was held in the compound of the Finance Ministry and was witnessed by the Acting Deputy Finance Minister for Expenditure Matthew Flomo, Acting Deputy Finance Minister for Administration Cain Prince Andrews, Assistant Minister for Revenue Andrew Paygar, IFMIS PROJECT Coordinator James Onyion, the Head of the Data Center Anthony McCrity, the Commissioner for the Bureau of Internal Revenue Juah Kambor Feika among others.