The National Treasury/IFMIS recently launched the IFMIS Re-engineering Strategic Plan (2013-2018) and website in a successful and well attended function presided over by Hon. Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary, The National Treasury. The launch was also attended by Principle Secretaries Dr. Kamau Thugge, The National Treasury and Eng. Peter Magiti, Principle Secretary Planning. Others in attendance included IFMIS stakeholders from Ministries, Departments, Agencies and constitutionally established offices. Development partner representatives from among others, the World Bank and German Cooperation (GIZ) were also in attendance.
Mr. Jerome Ochieng, IFMIS Ag. Director gave an overview of IFMIS implementation before inviting the Principal Secretary Dr. Thugge to make a few remarks. The Principal Secretary noted that IFMIS implementation is on track with major activities in the seven IFMIS components successfully completed.
In his key note address, Hon. Rotich emphasized the importance of a strong Public Financial Management (PFM) system. He said PFM is a catalyst for economic growth and development as it ensures that the government raises, manages, and spends public resources in an efficient and transparent way with the aim of improving service delivery.
Positive effects of IFMIS
The Cabinet Secretary said the National Government has started to experience the positive effects of the implementation of the first IFMIS Re-engineering Strategic Plan (2011-2013). The 2011-2013 Strategic Plan aimed at increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of state financial management and the adoption of modern public expenditure management practices in line with international standards and benchmarks.
Talking about the recently launched IFMIS Re-engineering Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Hon. Rotich said it has come at a time when the country has ushered in County Governments in line with the Constitution. He said the Strategic Plan will serve as a roadmap to outline the key processes, human and financial resource requirements and priorities necessary to achieve the set objectives.
IFMIS, a Public Finance Management Reform
The Cabinet Secretary highlighted the Constitution of Kenya 2010 (Chapter 12) and the Public Finance Management Act, 2012 which provided for the establishment of a new PFM legal and institutional framework. He said this is what led to the development of a new Strategy for Public Finance Management Reforms (PFMR) in Kenya (2013-2018). The PFMR Strategy provides a framework to accelerate reforms in public finance management. One of the priority themes of PFMR is to automate and integrate PFM systems which facilitate efficient and effective execution of all financial management processes, eliminate risks, and enhance security and financial controls in all service areas including interconnectivity to county units. This, Hon. Rotich said continues to be achieved through the IFMIS.
Automation of public procurement
The Cabinet Secretary also said the automation of public procurement through IFMIS Procure to Pay component is at an advanced stage. The approval hierarchy which IFMIS is rolling out to Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) and Counties is a major milestone towards full implementation of IFMIS electronic procurement. “So far, we have implemented the item master, supplier management and requisition management. The adoption of the Item Master based on the United Nations Standard Product and Services Code (UNSPSC) will help in standardizing the commonly used items in Government”, he added. Hon. Rotich said that a fully automated procurement system will be rolled out to MDAs and Counties by July this year.
The Cabinet Secretary reiterated The National Treasury’s support for communication efforts to create awareness of IFMIS benefits among IFMIS stakeholders. He said the revamped IFMIS website will provide an opportunity to stakeholders to give feedback on IFMIS implementation. “With the implementation of electronic procurement the website will be a valuable source of information to suppliers and the public in general on matters relating to public procurement”, he added.
Hon. Rotich called upon IFMIS stakeholders in all MDAs and Counties to give IFMIS Re-engineering the support it deserves. “I specifically appeal to users in both National and County governments to use the IFMIS system appropriately. I encourage Users of all cadres to enhance their capacity on IFMIS by attending ongoing training by IFMIS Academy. Only then can we move the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) from roll out to sustainability”, the Cabinet Secretary concluded.