Twenty-one planners from the government sectors were awarded certificate after successfully attending a five-day intensive training course on planning and result-based management techniques.
The training, organised by PMO and implemented by the Management Development Institute (MDI), was funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The training was geared towards building the capacity of the participants for better service delivery at their workplace.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Alieu K. Jarju, deputy director general of MDI, commended the participants for their active participation in the five-day intensive training course, saying it showed their commitment and dedication to their work.
He buttressed the significance attached to the training, stating that no institution could work or deliver effectively without been well-equipped with the necessary knowledge.
“Capacity building is a key ingredient for national development as espoused in our national development blueprint of Vision 2020,” Mr Jarju said.
It was also a centre piece for both the Millennium Development Goals and the Gambia governance policy as initially promulgated in 1999, he added.
He also said there was already a policy, as well as a national agenda, that requires training, skills development and overall capacity building for all sectors of the economy.
He therefore urged the participants to take capacity building as an important part of their life, adding that the programme came at a time the Government of The Gambia, in partnership with the UNDP, had embarked on Public Service Reform and institutional capacity development programme, which aims to build the capacity of all major sectors within the economy.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, a representative from PMO, Lamin Saidy, commended MDI for implementing the course on behalf of PMO and also thanked the main sponsors the UNDP for the bold initiative.
He said the five-day intensive training meant a lot to the participants, as far as service delivery system was concerned.
He described the training as very interactive and educative for all as a lot had been gained during the five-day training.
He advised the participants to make best use of the knowledge gained from the training and to ensure they share the knowledge to their colleagues.
He as well thanked the MDI management for their service and urged them to relent not in organizing such a training course.