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Press Release

September 30, 2012

JICA Organises Accounting Software Training for Directors and Cost Center Accountants of Ministry of Food and Agriculture


The Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA organises a software training workshop in Kumasi from September 30th to December 11th for directors and accountants of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The workshop is under the urgent phase of JICA's Financial Management Improvement Project for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) which spans from February 2012 to September 2015.

MOFA's Public Financial Management Project is geared towards improving its accounting practices and reporting systems. In this project, one of the main activities is the development of Advanced Excel based software called EasyBooks, with the objective of enhancing MOFAs accounting.

The software application helps to capture data and consolidate it for submission to the regional office, and then to the headquarters, finance directorate as applicable. The trainings are regional-based followed by hands-on training at each cost center. The workshops aim to expose participants to data capturing, revenue and expenditure budgeting, excel essentials, I.T policy, EasyBooks code setup/updates, setting up chart of accounts , and data consolidation functions.

Ms. Karima Issah, Regional Accountant for the Ashanti Region, said; "Before the training, district accountants had to travel a lot for reports. Due to the training, they can send the report from their office. Therefore, it reduces risk, cost, time and stress. The training is divided into slow learner and fast learner segments, so that everyone can learn well. If they have problem, Metro Accountant and head office team is ready to assist in the process."

Mr. Yaw Agyei Wiredy, Greater Accra Regional Accountant, said; "If accountants become good users of the software, submission of the financial report would be accelerated. Currently, it takes 15 days to receive the report. After group training, we have training in each district so that we can spread the training and entrench knowledge."

Mr. Kwaku Akokware Brefe, one of the participants, said; "This is my first time of using Easybooks and I have very small knowledge of Excel Program before. Now, I have fully learnt Easybooks and I am very happy about it. I can send e-mail with reports so that I could reduce the time for preparing and sending it. I am planning to share this knowledge with the staff in my office."

Through the training process, JICA tries to support MOFA accountants capacity development. JICA hope this project could be the model for the other Ministries.


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