Addis Abeba: A five workshop for the finance persons organized by the PDO comes to a fruitful conclusion at the Salesianum in Addis Abeba. Of the five day workshop, four days were intended exclusively for the finance person who were gathered from the various Salesian houses in Ethiopia.
There were more than 25 persons who took part in the workshop which aimed at giving a support for the finance persons of the various Salesian houses, insisting upon the need for accountability and transparency in the accounting sector. The workshop also saw to the providing of some practical helps to the accountants in order to have a smooth reporting between the Catholic Church, Ethiopian Government and the Provincial Economer. Some practical exercises were given to the participants like: setting up a payroll, account reconciliation, converting a Peach tree report to Excel and PDF, modifying and designing a financial statement etc. The various interventions that were held by Brother Cesare, Mr. Henok, Mr. Alemseged, Mr. Berhanu insisted on the role, duties and responsibilities of accountants in keeping the record of all financial transactions of projects, school administration, community matters and various sectors. It was deemed very much important to work in synergy with Economer, Rector and various sectors of the community. It was also very much opportune that there was the visit of the procurator of Missioni Don Bosco Turin, Brother Giampietro Pettenon to Ethiopia and the input he delivered at the occasion was very much appreciated by all the participants. The final day of the workshop saw the presence of all the Salesian economers from the various houses who also came to join the meeting along with their accountants. The collaboration between lay people and the salesians was very much insisted at every intervention on the final day. The workshop ended on a happy note as all the participants were grateful to PDO for the work accomplished during the week which would definitely help them out in their future work as accountants and administrators.