‘Public officers training to reduce audit queries’

AUDITOR General Anna Chifungula yesterday said the training of public officers in financial management systems must result in reduction in audit queries.
In an interview in Lusaka, after the European Union launched a capacity building programme to the ministry of finance to strengthen professional skills of workers in planning, budget execution, accounting, reporting and auditing, among others, Ms Chifungula said the programme is long overdue.
“We are glad that it has been launched because there is need to strengthen our public financial management systems. Initially, we had piecemeal programmes where specific officers were trained but this new programme will involve officers at all levels in the ministry. We are looking forward to see a reduction in audit queries, and hopefully, public funds will be used for intended purposes,” she said.
On Wednesday in Lusaka, Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba and European Union delegation to Zambia head of cooperation Aad Biesebroek launched the K9 million (€1.1 million) EU funded capacity building programme to the Ministry of Finance.
The programme will contribute to a continuous professional improvement in public financial management by ensuring that staff has necessary skills for their current and possible future posts.
It is expected that training will be built at two levels, with individuals being equipped to perform effectively to meet current and future needs in a constantly changing work environment, and strengthening institutional development to enhance the capacities of public institutions to provide required skills and knowledge.

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