The decree creating the NCPBM stipulates that the Secretary General elaborates the budget and the members validate it. The capacity building seminar which took place at the Yaounde Conference Centre from the 9-11 May 2023 was intended to keep the members abreast with the intricacies of the budgetary cycle.
In his opening statement, the President of the NCPBM, H.E. Peter MAFANY MUSONGE said “What obtained before was that, vote holders were given the liberty to dispose of credits allocated to their structures as they deemed fit”. He pointed out the consequences of this approach were glaring: Lack of coherence in government action; poorly executed or abandoned projects; difficulty in measuring performance and lack of transparency in the management of State funds among others.
This state of affairs then ushered in the Programme Budgeting, which demands that the State disburses resources only for projects that had been planned, programmed and budgeted and whose execution can be monitored. The seminar was thus intended to familiarize members with the various concepts of programme budgeting.