The Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service has said that the recently concluded Advanced Management and Performance Improvement training by MDI should be replicated for senior government functionaries. Hon. Dodou Bammy Jagne said it is important that this programme be replicated so that the rest of the target group who did not attend can take advantage of it.
SG Jagne, also the Minister for Presidential Affairs, made these remarks on Friday at the Management Development Institute, during the closing of the two-day tailor-made training programme. He said the seminar could not have been organised at a better time given that the public service is at a threshold of ushering in a new medium-term national development plan referred to as PAGE II to succeed the planning cycle of PAGE (2012-2015) which has now expired.
“It is important to point out that the realisation of the lofty national development goals and objectives enshrined in PAGE II depends largely on the critical role of individual players in the complex web of actors fostering development,” he asserted.
“One of these crucial actors is you the top level managers at the technical level. The successful implementation of the plans calls for adequate and relevant investment in capacity at all levels particularly at the managerial level to respond to present challenges and realities of the public service.”
He added that it also demands continuous capacity enhancement and commitment of professionals like them to deeply embrace the principles of the July 22nd Revolution in order to foster and sustain transformation for qualitative service delivery to their people. “This can be achieved faster through deliberate enlargement, management and measured application of national knowledge asset and positive attitudinal transformation by all stakeholders.”
He thanked the Personnel Management Office and MDI for organising the capacity building programme, noting that the training covered and examined wide ranging thematic areas of national importance including performance management, strategic planning, workforce planning, budgeting and control, and other critical areas.
“It is hoped that this investment will trigger and promote greater awareness, institution of innovative and smart approaches and the rationalisation of resources to ensure value for money in all our undertakings.’’
Dawda Fadera, Permanent Secretary PMO, said government has a lot of strategic development plans that have been put together for all the sectors. “To get these things done, it is important to bridge managerial capacity and leadership capacity gaps, without that nothing happen,” and that is why his office organises such training programmes.
by Omar Wally