FreeBalance to Share Public Financial Management (PFM) Good Practices at Annual ESAAG Event in Botswana

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Sixth Good Practice Document for Government Financial Management Released at ESAAG.


We’re looking forward to sharing our experiences working with governments around the world in support of good governance and accountability.

FreeBalance, a leading vendor of Government Resource Planning (GRP) software, today announced that it will be sharing recently released Good Practice Documents at the 2013 East and South African Association of Accountants-General (ESAAG) conference. The annual event takes place in Gaborone, Botswana from February 25-28, 2013. ESAAG conferences attract over 600 participants from 14 member states, including Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The objective of the 2013 conference is to provide the opportunity for governance professionals from member and non-member states to explore issues and discuss PFM reform lessons learned. “ESAAG plays an important role by helping members increase public financial management reform and modernization capacity,” said Anne Ellsworth, FreeBalance’s Vice President, Middle East & Africa. “We’re looking forward to sharing our experiences working with governments around the world in support of good governance and accountability.” FreeBalance has been a strong supporter of ESAAG since first participating as an exhibitor and sponsor of the 2006 conference in Maseru, Lesotho.

FreeBalance recently released five PFM Good Practice Documents. A Sixth Document comparing the GRP experiences in developing and developed countries will be released at ESAAG. These documents are available to ESAAG participants in Botswana or can be downloaded from the FreeBalance website. FreeBalance Good Practice documents collect lessons learned with FreeBalance government customers in 20 countries combined with PFM and technical ICT research. The initial set of FreeBalance Good Practice Documents covered Anti-Corruption, Budget Formulation, GRP Reform Sequencing, Multiple Year Chart of Accounts (COA) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

The East and Southern African Association of Accountants General (ESAAG) is the regional body of Accountants General which supports its members in adoption and implementation of best practice in Public Financial Management practices. ESAAG holds an International conference every year to which its members and non-members are invited. The objective of the conference is to appraise participants from ESAAG and those from outside the association of the developments in Public Financial Management Reforms. The conference is also an excellent opportunity for networking, exchange of ideas and information and sharing solutions.

About FreeBalance
FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. FreeBalance solutions are active in 20 countries managing more than a quarter trillion ($US) in annual budgets worldwide. For more information, visit the FreeBalance website.

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