07 Apr 2016 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 07 APR (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob is expected to release the ranked performance evaluation results of ministers and permanent secretaries for the 2015/16 financial year by the end of May 2016.
Press Secretary in the Office of the President, Albertus Aochamub confirmed this to Nampa on Thursday.
As part of their Performance Agreements (PA), the public office bearers are required to submit quarterly performance reports.
Ministers and permanent secretaries have submitted their performance reports for the fourth quarter of the 2015/16 financial year, which ended on 31 March 2016 to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
Public Relations Officer for the OPM, Saima Shaanika informed this agency upon enquiry on Wednesday that the ministry had received all ministers and permanent secretaries' performance reports on time as expected.
She said the submitted progress reports have been processed in line with the prescribed guidelines of the Performance Management System (PMS) and would be forwarded to the President for his review and assessment.
The PAs run for duration of 12 months coinciding with the financial year ending on 31 March every year, stating that the President commits to personally preside over the public release of ranked performance evaluation results of ministries within two months after the end of the financial year.
President Geingob said in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Tuesday that the results of the first quarterly reviews of Ministerial Performance Agreements have been very encouraging.
I promised that we would introduce Performance Agreements at ministerial level. Ministers have embraced performance contracting and are on track towards meeting their targets, he said.
The PAs were also made available for public scrutiny in January 2016.
Admittedly, this is a system that is still evolving and we will continue to refine goals and targets to lead us towards a high performance administration, Geingob further stated.
The President noted that accountability of performance is key from the top to bottom and the Harambee Prosperity Plan will only succeed if those tasked to implement it are assigned key performance indicators that can be monitored and measured.
Every minister and permanent secretary's PA also had to incorporate and undertake six strategic directions as part of their PA.
The strategic directions entailed in the PAs are poverty eradication; industrialisation; reduction of income disparities; economic growth; wealth and employment creation; and national cohesion and inclusivity.
Once the assessment of the reports are done, discussions are with individual ministers and any identified challenges are discussed and the way forward is agreed upon, Shaanika said.
She added that preparations to conclude performance agreements for the 2016/17 financial year are currently underway.
They are expected to be signed by the end of April 2016.
The PAs for the third quarter of the 2015/16 financial year were submitted at the end of December 2015.