6 November 2012

South Sudan: MOI&B Officials Attend Public Management Workshop

press release

Juba — A five day workshop on Public Management System attended by heads of units and other top officials from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is on-going at the Government Training Centre in Juba.

Supported by the Kenyan government, the Public Management System was launched in August 2, 2012 by the Vice President H.E Riek Machar and aims to strengthen service delivery through developing the capacity of the government institutions.

Maurice Nyamunga, Kenya's Technical Assistance Program Coordinator in South Sudan said the strategy has helped many countries in the world to deliver their visions and plans.

"Since South Sudan is a young country that has just established itself, it was found important that they should adopt a system that will help them to develop faster than they would without the system", said Nyamunga.

He said rolling out the program involves helping the various government ministries come up with their strategic plans, developing annual plans for each ministry's directory as well as developing individual work plans for the employees working in the government institutions.

He explained that the Public Management System has served countries like Botswana, Kenya in Africa, South Korea, Singapore and all many other countries in the East that have succeeded used this strategy to be able to deliver services.

Some of the ministries which have already benefitted from the program include Parliamentary Affairs, Gender, Public Service, and Humanitarian Affairs. Nyamunga stressed that though results may not be seen immediately, the Public Management System will create a positive mindset of the people.

In an aspect of evaluating individual's progress at work, the public institutions will have to introduce reward systems at the end of the year. He explained that this would explain why some individuals do not perform to expectations and provide mechanisms for addressing their challenges.

Meanwhile the deputy minister of Information Hon Atem Yaak Atem in his opening remarks thanked the Kenyan government for its commitment to support African's youngest country. He said the program would promote productivity and ensure better service delivery. He said the government of Kenya is one of the best in the region in human resource management and therefore could act as role model for the new country.

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