PSRU to Organise Two Day Forum For Government Ministers And Permanent Secretaries
The Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU) will be organising a two day forum of Government Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Permanent Secretaries on the priorities and operations of Government, with a view to creating an understanding of the importance of leadership roles and effective political-administrative interface for the achievement of national development objectives.
The forum which will be held on 8th and 9th May at the Miatta Conference Centre will serve as a platform to clarify roles and responsibilities and enhance relations among Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Administrative Heads so as to provide a more conducive environment that will allow for the achievement of national development outcomes at a faster rate.
This forum is a follow-up to the three-day forum held on 13-15 September 2010 where-in a ten point Communiqué was signed in order to clarify roles and further improve on the working relationship between political administrative strata.
Significant progress has been made following the September 2010 forum culminating in the establishment of effective management in Ministries, including the political-administrative relations. The Civil Service Code of Conduct, Rules and Regulations has been issued, and a Ministerial Handbook/Code of Conduct providing practical and ethical guidance to Ministers and Deputy Ministers for ensuring integrity and diligence in their work has been developed. Furthermore, Performance Contracting system formerly limited to Ministers, has been cascaded to performance contracts for Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Departments in Grades 11 and upwards, as well as a comprehensive Individual Performance Appraisal System (IPAS) for all civil servants below Grade 10. The system in envisaged in bring about greater accountability and improve productivity in the public service, with regards to planning, implementing, monitoring and reporting on their activities.
In spite of these successes, there are still challenges in terms of coordination and collaboration in planning and implementing programs, as well as in delineation of roles and integration of responsibilities between the political leadership and public servants in MDAs.
The 2014 forum hopes to address these challenges through the holding of open dialogue on their respective roles and how they can work effectively together with each other as well as with other branches of the state (Judiciary and the Legislature).
the workshop is not only for role clarity among Ministers and Permanent Secretaries but to enable them to understand and agree on the priority national outcomes that the Government of Sierra Leone is currently focusing on, including the PRSP III/ Agenda for Prosperity, the New Public Sector Reform Programme, and strengthen commitment and team work among Ministers and Permanent Secretaries towards the achievement of positive outcomes.
The workshop will create a forum to discuss and agree on the roles of Ministers and Permanent Secretaries and how they can effectively work together on the one hand and how they can effectively work with other branches of the state (the Judiciary and Legislature) and other stakeholders, for efficient and effective service delivery on a timely basis.
The workshop will enable Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Department to discuss issues pertaining to the performance of their duties and their leadership role, learn from the experiences of other countries, and formulate strategies that will enable them lead the transformation of the country to the desired level as articulated in the national vision statement.