board of directors of State Owned Enterprises (SOEs), yesterday April 3, 2018,
began a training designed to address the capacity gaps that affect public
Funded by the World Bank and facilitated by Management Development Institute (MDI), at Kanifing, the workshop aims to last for a month with a view to cover all the public enterprises in The Gambia.
According to officials, The Ministry of Finance through the director of Public Private Partnership came with the initiative.
It’s also aimed to equip board of directors of public enterprises to be more effective and professional in the way they carry out their functions.
The course coordinator of MDI who is also the World Bank’s consultancy in The Gambia, Bumi Camara, said several enterprises suffered mismanagement issues in the past 22 years, citing the need for the country to move.
“There is a need to reconfigure and reengineer these state owned enterprises so that they can effectively deliver the services they are supposed to.”
The training tends to bring transparency, accountability and leadership to the state owned enterprises in the New Gambia, he said.
Mustapha Samateh, director of Public Private Partnership and Public Enterprises, Ministry of Finance and Economy Affairs, said that for there to be transparency and accountability, there should be clear reference from the appointed directors or executives so that they can be able to deliver to the country’s satisfaction.
“The total board members are 95 and 13 commercial enterprises are involved in the training in which the very best are picked that we think will add value to the discussion,” he said.
“We are making use of the experts locally to facilitate the discussion in this training,” he said.
Samateh posed that the work of the public enterprises should not be a secret to the people of The Gambia, noting there should be responsiveness in the board room.