12 December 2012

Gambia: Professional Development Training - for Senior Civil Servants Wraps-Up

Senior civil servants from the various ministries last Friday concluded a two-week training on team building in management, human resources management, staff motivation, introduction to ICTs, performance management, and negotiation skills among others at the Management Development Institute (MDI).

The training, which was funded by the UNDP through the Personnel Management Office (PMO) and executed by MDI brought together magistrates and senior principal secretaries among others.

Speaking at the occasion, Alieu K. Jarju, deputy director general of MDI, said that by the year 2013 all civil servants should be competent enough to use the Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Power Point, adding that if they cannot do that, something is wrong somewhere. He stressed that now is the best time they can make best use of their intellect, time, energy and every other important aspect in human resources.

"Let us build our capacity on those areas. It is of paramount importance and everything is already in the database and the only thing they need is how to retrieve that information and be able to analyse," Jarju further remarked.

He stressed that in this 21st Century, to read and write means that someone can use information communication technology extensively. "If you are comfortable with information communication technology retrieval, be sure that you are comfortable with everything," he added.

Abdoulie KM Allow from the Ministry of Regional Administration, Lands and Traditional Rulers, acknowledged that the training will raise their horizons. He thanked MDI for the training.

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