Gambian parliamentarians on Monday gave approval for the West African nation’s government to integrate its financial system.
The country last year secured a grant of $5.4 million dollars from the International Development Association for an Integrated Financial Management Information System.
Gambia’s Finance Ministry said the system will help increase the capacity of the government in public resource management, curb corruption and financial mismanagement, and ensure accountability.
It will also help the Personnel Management Office with its human resources and payroll duties for the civil service.
The system has been implemented in other African nations like Kenya and has been effective. The program can take up to ten years to be fully functional.
The Gambia is on the road to setting up an anti-graft commission and such a system may help in its work to track financial events and summarize financial information.
The Gambia’s government has renewed its commitment to fight corruption and other financial malpractices following allegations of theft against ex-President Yahya Jammeh.