By Muhammad Bah
The Acting Director General of the Management Development Institute
(MDI), Mr. Alieu K. Jarju, has appealed for more government support to his Institute. He emphasized the important role MDI plays towards the development of education in the Gambia such as providing trainings forcivil servants to enhance better service delivery at work.
Mr. Jarju made these statements on Wednesday, 20 May, 2015 while presenting the
MDI Activity Report to members of the Public Accounts and Public
Enterprises Committee (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly.
According to Jarju, MDI needs additional funds to provide the required
skills for the training of the country’s workforce is necessary. He
added that MDI was established to assist in providing trainings to
meet the skills training needs of government and the private sector.
He informed the PAC/PEC Committee that his Institute is affected by
the lack of vehicles for transportation, amongst others.
Further presenting his report, he said in 2013/2014, the Institute
engaged in partnership and resource mobilsation to supplement the
revenues received from student tuition fees and government subvention.
According to Jarju, the training and upgrading of skills and
competencies of civil servants under the Country Programme for Action
Plan (CPAP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and
Economic Affairs (MOFEA), was implemented.
“Department of Financial Management and Accounting (DFMA) is the
largest department in the Institute offering about six different
courses. In contributing to the actualization of MDI’s broad
mandate of training the Gambian civil service and private sector
management related areas, the department offers long term programs
such as the Association of Certified Charter Accountant (ACCA), the
Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the chartered institute
of Purchasing and Supplies (CIPS), the Chartered Institute of Internal
Audits (CIIA), the Foundation in Accountancy (FIA-formerly CAT), and
the Medium and Enterprise Training (MSEPT),” he said.
Concluding the report, the acting MDI DG noted that due to the
specialty of certain financial and accounting disciplines, the
department rolls out short term tailored made programs to better
address these training needs, notably in Financial Strategy,
International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), International
public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), International Audit and
Mr. Lamin Camara, on behalf of the Gambia Public Procurement Authority
(GPPA), said MDI was 90% compliant, which denotes substantial
However, MDI will be returning today for the consideration of its
report by the PAC/PEC.