Minister launches consolidated public sector accounting system

07Jan 2020
Getrude Mbago
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Minister launches consolidated public sector accounting system

FINANCE and Planning minister Dr Phillip Mpango yesterday launched a new electronic fiscal administration format, the Government Accounting Consolidation System (GACS) aimed to strengthen transparency and accountability in the public sector as well as cut down time-

Dr Phillip Mpango

-and costs for preparing financial reports.

Dr Mpango said that Tanzania becomes the first country in Africa to have the standard financial system prepared by local experts, noting that it will also help to boost revenue collection.

“We were previously using private and foreign experts to prepare our financial systems and this was costing us a lot but this one has been prepared by local experts. This makes us the first in Africa,” the minister noted.

He launched the system in Dar es Salaam when opening a three-day meeting of accountants from ministries and various public organizations.

Consolidated reports which will be prepared under the system will represent a significant shift in demonstrating how the public sector, both at individual entity and whole-of-government level, meets its financial management responsibilities.

The minister assured accountants of full support from the government to ensure that the system is protected and maintained for the country’s benefit.

“I’m so excited to launch this system today, proud that our country has patriotic and creative experts to be able to develop a quality and secured system like this. The fifth phase government’s zeal is to see people’s lives are being improved, and this is why we are working tirelessly to ensure that resources and public funds are protected,” he told the gathering.

The minister further directed the permanent secretary to supervise accountants’ ethics and make sure that those found violating rules and principles are punished accordingly.

“We are facing a lot of challenges with ethics and integrity among accountants in the country, many reportedly getting involved in corrupt practices. This should be stooped,” the minister intoned.

He urged the experts live up to their professional oaths, observe ethical rules when conducting their duties which include unearthing mismanagement of public finances.

“Accountants have a major role and capability to fight corruption and embezzlement as per their oaths for the interest of the country.”

Earlier, the Accountant General Francis Mwakapalila said that the new system has been prepared jointly by experts from the Financial Information Systems Management (FISM) department and the accountant general.

“Various reforms which have been taken have made Tanzania a ‘centre of excellence’ attracting a number of experts from countries like Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Gambia and others to learn on what Tanzania has achieved in preparing quality financial reports,” he declared.

John Sausi, director of financial information systems management at the ministry said the system will be connected to all public entities.