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MDI certifies 27 civil servants

May 10, 2013, 10:55 AM | Article By: Isatou Senghore Njie

The Management Development Institute (MDI) recently concluded 9-day training on Result Based Management (RBM), Policy Formulation, and Strategy Planning and Reporting for the civil servants, funded by the UNDP and PMO.

Speaking at the closing ceremony held at MDI conference hall in Kanifing, Dr. Jainaba M.L. Kah, the Director General of MDI, said the training was designed to address human and institutional capacity constraints and weaknesses.

“We sincerely hope that MDI has in the last nine days helped to build your institutional capacities to enable government officials undertake solid strategic planning, including the formulation of policies and managing projects, which will help to optimise revenue utilisation for improved service delivery,” she said.

According to her, the Government of The Gambia recognises the role of the civil service in national development.

She affirmed government’s commitment to achieving Vision 2020, and the Program for the Accelerated Growth and Employment (PAGE).

Madam Kah highlighted that the success and attainment of these goals depends to a very large extent on the performance of the civil service.

The Gambia civil service must, therefore, undergo reforms which will transform it into an organisation that enables the government deliver, she added.

For his part, Pateh Jah, the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the PMO, told the gathering that the Public Service Act 1991, among other things, had mandated the Personnel Management Office to provide capacity development to ensure effective and efficient service delivery in the civil service.

It is against this background and in line with the ongoing civil service reforms that they are able to provide participants with this important training under the auspices of the UNDP, he noted.

“Vision 2020 is so close and therefore we need to double our efforts in order to accelerate the attainment of its objectives. The government, therefore, expects changes in our work practices in terms of attitude and commitment to enable it meet the expectations of Gambians,” he concluded.