Lamin Jawara, Permanent Secretary, Personnel Management Office (PMO) addressed ‘Public Policy and Governance’ training for senior government officials in India.
He said the capacity building support from the Government of India is quite timely which will complement the implementation process of the Gambia’s Civil Service Reform Programme 2018-2027.
“Our current Civil Service Reform Programme is anchored on six strategic objectives, one of which aims to ‘systematically identify and sustainably close capacity gaps in the Civil Service’,” PS Jawara informed.
He emphasized that the training would undoubtedly contribute significantly to achieving Strategic Objective 6 of the country’s current Civil Service Reform Programme, 2018-2027.
“The Gambia having emerged from over two decades of autocratic rule in 2017, capacitating Civil Servants was identified as a key challenge, as the Civil Service lost most of its trained and highly skilled personnel on account of high rate of staff attrition,” Jawara said.
He emphasised the need to rebuild the lost capacity of the Civil Service with the restoration of greater democratic governance in 2017 through capacity building as a key component of The Gambia’s ongoing Civil Service Reform Programme.
PMO PS described the training of the Senior Management Cadre of the Civil Service of The Gambia as timely and recalled the first batch of 25 officials of the Senior Management Cadre were trained in 2020.
PS Jawara acknowledged the numerous scholarship opportunities the India Government has been providing to The Gambia during the past decades, one of which he was a beneficiary.
“Many Gambians who similarly studied in India in the past are today serving the Gambian Public Service in different capacities, ranging from Permanent Secretaries, Ambassadors to High Court Judges,” the PS said.
“On behalf of the Minister of Public Service of The Gambia, I am hereby expressing my appreciation through Indian Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions for the massive support being rendered by Government of India in enhancing the capacity of the Senior Management Cadre of the Civil Service of The Gambia on Public Policy and Governance,” PS Jawara concluded.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Science &Technology; Earth Sciences; Atomic Energy and Space, Government of India described the India-Gambia relationship as cordial.
“I assured you of India Government’s continued support to Gambia Government, especially in the areas of capacity building, among others,” Dr. Singh added.
The 17 Permanent Secretaries, 8 Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Accountant General and Government Spokesperson of The Gambia benefited from the weeklong capacity building, funded by the Indian Government held from 16-21 May 2022 in New Delhi.
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