The Accountant General’s Department and the Central Bank of The Gambia recently
sensitised journalists on their various roles and functions in the national budgeting process
and public finance management.
The virtual briefing session with the Accountant General’s Department was held on 15 th
October, and the Central Bank of The Gambia on 16 th October 2020. Both sessions were
attended by a total of 20 journalists from the print, broadcast and online media houses across
The two sessions were organised by the Gambia Press Union as part of efforts to get
journalists au fait with national budget development, execution and oversight processes. It is
part of a project supported by the International Republican Institute (IRI) geared towards
promoting fiscal transparency and accountability in The Gambia.
GPU Program Manager Lamin Jahateh said the sessions with the Accountant General’s
Department and the Central Bank were organised to serve as a platform for the two national
institutions to explain their roles and responsibilities in the entire national budget
development and execution processes.
Similar engagements were organised with the Ministry of Finance, and National Audit Office
in September. The main objective, he said, is to enhance the understanding of journalists and
increase the coverage of budgetary issues.
Apart from the briefing sessions, Jahateh said the IRI project is also supporting the GPU to
provide financial and technical support to journalists to report on the national budget with a
view to increase the dissemination of public information on the budget.
Lamin Singhateh, deputy Accountant General, said the department’s mission is to ensure
judicious, accountable, and transparent management, utilization and reporting of government
In doing this, Singhateh said, the Accountant General Department establishes a proper system
of accounting and reporting for government and also provides guidance and supervises heads
of departments and vote controllers in their fiduciary duties.