On 21 March 2023, Finance Managers and Accountants in education institutions namely Rwanda Education Board (REB), MINEDUC, National Examination and School Inspection Authority (NESA) have started a 7-day Training Session on Contract Management at RMI – Murambi Campus Headquarters.

The training is to cover among others, public financial management, financial statements analysis and reporting in public institutions.

In his welcoming remarks, on behalf of RMI Director General, Mr. NSHIMYUMUREMYI Vincent de Paul, the Principal Senior Training Coordinator welcomed the trainees and wished them a very successful training.

“The training has been prepared to equip you with requisite knowledge and skills that will help you improve your performance in your daily work”. “Considering the problems of national resource management raised by the Office of the Auditor General, you need to give your time to get the knowledge prepared for you and be able to apply it at the workplace”, he urged the trainees.

Bihezande Bernard, the trainer, said that the purpose of the training is to improve the skills and knowledge of participants in Public Finance Management (PFM) which include planning, budgeting, budget execution, accounting and reporting, audit and oversight.

“We have been facing challenges in our Public Finance Management be it in planning, budgeting, some issues raised by the Auditor General in accounting and reporting, management of inventory, management of non-current assets. We shall ensure that we address all those concerns. Above all, our staff need to be trained to ensure that they improve their knowledge and skills which will help them accomplish their daily work”, Bihezande said. “After this training, we will have calibered staff that will perform well their daily duties”, Bihezande stressed.

The need of the training was raised by MINEDUC based on the cross-cutting issues raised by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) especially in Public Finance Management. Participants are from MINEDUC, NESA and REB and all come from Public Finance Management field, M&E, Accountants.

Public financial management (PFM) system is a set of rules and institutions, policies, and processes that govern the use of public funds across all sectors, from revenue collection to monitoring of public expenditures. 

RMI is one of the key public institutions that strengthens and promotes private-sector driven and knowledge-based economy through building Public-Private Partnerships to realize the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) and Vision 2050 targets and it has the mandate of conducting the capacity building interventions, recruitment of personnel, research projects, consultancy, and relevant policy advisory services to civil and private institutions in Rwanda.