The National Treasury has stepped efforts to enhance the adoption of its online public finance management system by training more than 5000 users at IFMIS Academy based at the Kenya School of Government.
The 5000 trainees came from both national and county governments.
Known as the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS), the public finance management system was developed to automate and streamline government financial management processes and procedures and was rolled out to all public offices, including ministries, departments, agencies (MDAs) and counties.
IFMIS Director Jerome Ochieng says the IFMIS Academy was created to ensure users are well equipped with skills needed to use the online platform, adding that training will continue until all users are brought up to speed.
"Continuous sensitisation and training within the counties in using the system has seen users embrace the change from the manual system of operation to the automatic system that encompasses several modules that cover financial processes," he said.
Mr Ochieng said budget officers, the accountant-general and auditor-general have access to financial transactions and reports from the integrated system, which increases transparency. The system will enable expenditure control and follow-up of the national and county governments' transactions.
In addressing public procurement, the integrated system provides the item master that ensures market survey for common user items and prices them for use in procurement planning and requisition, in turn standardising the utilisation of items within all ministries, departments and agencies in the government as well as counties.
One of the notable functionalities is the iSupplier portal, which will allow suppliers to check on the status of their purchase or service orders issued and payments. "The system will address serious financial enforcements and provide a great opportunity to ensure transparency and accountability in the management of public finance," he said.