The Liberia Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Center (LIMPAC) at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) with support from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) has certificated 54 staffs from four government entities after successfully completing the second phase of its capacity building training program.
The ministries and agencies were the Finance, Commerce and Industry, Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), and Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).
The Second Training Cycle, which lasted over six weeks, focused on the usage of Stata modern statistical programming and modeling package, MS-Word for report writing, Ms. Excel for data calculation and analysis as well as advanced excel.
MFDP’S Assistant Minister for Development Planning, Benedict Kolubah, said that one major goal of government’s Pro-poor Agenda is to enhance the professional skills of government employees.
Kolubah named the Pro-poor goals as providing greater income earning skills for one million Liberians and lifting nearly 33 percent of the population out of poverty within a five–year period.
Additionally, he mentioned the building of capable state institutions that are trusted to provide effective, and efficient services to the people across the nation.
He emphasized the need to measure the impact of the capacity-building processes in the country, noting that over the years, capacity-building has been paid lip service.
LIMPAC executive director, Del-Francis Wreh, said the main goal of Liberian Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Center’s Capacity Building Project, is to improve the capacity of government employees in data analysis to support macroeconomic policy formulation, analysis and strengthen the overall management’s process of government.
Wreh promised a robust data analysis for the workforce across government’s institutions to maximize efficiency and productivity.
He added that the current working environment requires that employees should be computer literate to understand data and statistical analyses so as to improve the quality of their reports to senior managements in the public sectors.
Mr. Wreh recalled that the First Cycle graduated 80 trainees, while the second cycle was graduating an initial 54 staffs.
He said that an additional 20 staffs will be evaluated for certification, and graduation based upon the recommendation of their instructor, who is currently on official duty outside the country.
Wreh said that 27 of the 54 graduates were females, and that the Advanced Excel and Stata were also added to the course list in the second cycle.
He used the occasion to thank the female graduates for their participation and determination to compete with their male colleagues.
Meanwhile, Mr. Wreh has announced that he has sent the third cycle’s circular around to include MS-Access and MS-PowerPoint in addition to the Stata statistical package, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word, which were offered under cycle 1 and 2.
He called on the graduates to go beyond the knowledge attained in the training lab, and challenge them to constantly practice to improve their skills.
Wreh also used the occasion to thank the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) for its continue support to LIMPAC and its capacity building initiatives, and also Minister Samuel D. Tweah, and the senior management team at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning for their guidance and support to the entity.
LIMPAC is a specialized unit within the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning that has responsibility for policy analysis, research and training of public officials in macroeconomic related issues in the country.
The Center, which is funded by the Liberian government and the ACBF conducts policy research and provide advisory services to the government through the Ministry of Finance in addition to implementing capacity building training activities.
Established in 1991, ACBF’s mission is to build sustainable human and institutional capacity for sustainable growth, poverty reduction and economic transformation in Africa with the ultimate goal is to improve the lives and prospects of people throughout the African Continent.
ACBF supports capacity development in Africa through grants, knowledge sharing and technical assistance to countries and regional and sub-regional organizations.
Its approach to capacity development focuses on addressing capacity needs and gaps as well as on stakeholders’ ownership of interventions, project and program sustainability and synergy of interventions with other development funding institutions.