More training and capacity building for public servants to come:
10 Dec 2015 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 10 DEC (NAMPA) Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has pledged Governments continuous commitment to provide training and capacity building for public servants.
She said this in a speech delivered on her behalf during the year-end function of the staff of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) at a local hotel on Wednesday.
We were able to provide opportunities for capacity building to a number of civil servants with a view to achieve higher levels of professionalism and work ethics within the public service, she said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila noted that over 220 employees went through training in their fields of work at the Namibia Institute for Public Administration and Management (Nipam) and other training institutions inside and outside the country between March and December 2015.
The PM challenged all accounting officers to ensure that civil servants in their offices, ministries and agencies receive appropriate and adequate training that will capacitate them to perform their duties optimally and make remarkable contributions towards an efficient public service determined to develop the country.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila encouraged public servants to understand the strategic plans of their respective departments as a guide to monitor their performance against set goals and objectives.
She said the signing of performance contracts within Government and the signing of performance agreements by ministers about two months ago, demonstrate the determination of Government to commit itself to higher levels of performance.
The PM expressed appreciation to the permanent secretaries and management staff for signing their performance agreements, adding that they are expected to sign the new ones for the next financial year from March 2016.
She noted progress made in the amendment of Regulation 11 under the Public Service Act of 1995 to make it compulsory for staff members to declare their financial interests and remunerative work done outside the public service.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said this is the way of promoting transparency within the public service and ensuring that staff spend maximum time and energy on official duties.