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Brother Pedro Ost participates in the meeting of Major Superiors of Africa

08/09/2006: Kenya

One of the first activities of Brother Pedro Ost, Director of the Bureau for the Evangelical Use of Goods, was to participate in the meeting of Major Superiors of Africa at Nairobi from the 24th to the 28th July, to explain to them the policies of the Bureau and to share with them some ideas on the organisation and the management of finances in the Provinces of Africa.

One of the basic ideas for giving the life of the Institute to the evangelical use of goods is to organise better the accounting procedures of communities, works and Provinces and to establish an economic management model in harmony with that of the Institute.

At the meeting of brothers, the plan proposed by this bureau was very well accepted as an efficient management tool. This plan anticipates that the General Council, BIS, the Bureau of Evangelical Use of Goods and the Provinces of Africa will work together.

The analysis of the reality of the Provinces reveals that the Provincials are concerned about the financial health of their Provinces, and that management models vary in both communities and works due to the economic and social milieux in which they find themselves. One Province has already put into practice the plan proposed by the Bureau for Evangelical Use of Goods while others are starting to study it with an open mind.

In the future it will be necessary to harmonise the financial and administrative aspects of each Province in Africa in order to adopt a similar management model, to present the budgets and the balance sheets in a similar manner, to share practical criteria of activities, to train administrators, accountants and competent people to look after finances.

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