Ministerial Performance Agreements encouraging: Geingob

05 Apr 2016 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 05 APR (NAMPA) - The performance agreements that ministers were obliged to sign are the pillars that will define goals and targets towards a high performance administration, said President Hage Geingob.
All Cabinet ministers and permanent secretaries signed performance agreements in October last year to enhance service delivery within their respective ministries.
Speaking during his 2016 State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Parliament on Tuesday Geingob noted that these performance agreements at ministerial level were availed to the public for scrutiny in January this year.
“The results of the first quarterly reviews of the Ministerial Performance Agreements have been very encouraging. Ministers have embraced performance contracting and are on track towards meeting their targets.”
He stressed the performance agreement is an evolving system, which he will continue in order to refine goals and targets towards a high performance administration.
“Accountability of performance is key from the top to the bottom, and the Harambee Prosperity Plan will only succeed if those tasked to implement are assigned key performance indicators, which can be monitored and measured.”
The Harambee Prosperity Plan - Harambee meaning 'let's pull together’ in kiSwahili - is an acceleration or targeted impact plan aimed at significantly reducing poverty, inequalities and uplifting the living standards of all Namibians.
The plan came into effect on the 01 April this year and span until 2021.
Geingob has also since declared this year “the year of implementation”.
In his second Sona after the first one last year, the president also highlighted some achievements in his one year of presidency, such as the enactment of the Public Procurement Bill that was passed into law in 2015.
“We have delivered on this promise. This act will inject more transparency in the way we undertake State procurement in Namibia and will significantly enhance the participation of our small and medium enterprise (SME) sector.”
The law, amongst many, gives Namibian-owned SMEs a preference in Sate procurement to have their businesses grow and create employment.
Geingob also used the opportunity to highlight the success of his countrywide Town Hall Meetings conducted last year, which included 98 hours of dialogue on issues affecting communities around the country.
The meetings focused on Geingob familiarising himself with the challenges faced by ordinary Namibians by engaging with and responding to questions and challenges faced by Namibians from all walks of life.
“I am very proud that we have consulted all 14 regions of Namibia and engaged communities. Namibians proposed solutions to challenges that they encounter on a daily basis, and we have taken note of all suggestions made at the Town Hall Meetings and we have, where possible, factored them into the development of the Harambee Prosperity for All Plan.”