Ministers sign performance agreements

21 Oct 2015 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 OCT (NAMPA) – Twenty senior government officials on Wednesday signed their performance agreements as part of Government's bid to hold senior public servants accountable and help restore the public confidence.
The group included ministers and Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
The 20 senior civil servants all signed their performance agreements in the presence of President Hage Geingob at State House.
The performance agreements will assist the Government in ensuring that the ministerial activities are aligned with the policy objectives and that there are clear performance targets to facilitate the monitoring and evaluation of progress in meeting agreed targets of the government.
Speaking at the occasion, Geingob told the top civil servants that a performance management system is critical to improve government performance, transparency and accountability and “it must be fully embraced by all”.
“As senior government civil servants you have a critical role to play in the implementation of the performance management system and the way you play your role has a significant impact on whether it fails or succeeds,” he stated.
The President said accountability implies that leaders, managers and top officials carry out their duties effectively in order to achieve the stated goals of their various offices, ministries and agencies.
“Failure to achieve this should be accompanied by consequences. The syndrome of passing the buck must become a thing of the past. This is the approach adopted by all the successful institutions around the world and as a country determined to compete on an equal footing with our peers in the global economy, we should follow suit,” Geingob said.
He also indicated that as Namibian President he expects “nothing but an increased and improved performance.”
Finally, the President once again reiterated his earlier call to all ministers, deputy ministers and permanent secretaries to work in unison for the sake of prosperity of the Namibian House and betterment of the Namibian people.