Govt to introduce PMS

Five day international workshop starts

The government has taken an initiative to introduce a Performance Management System (PMS) in public sector organizations in a bid to ensure institutional transparency, accountability, proper utilization of resources and enhance institutional efficiency. Secretary of Ministry of Industries Md Abdul Halim said this while addressing at the inaugural ceremony of an international workshop on Advanced Performance Management for Modern Public-sector Organizations jointly organised by National Productivity Organization (NPO), Ministry of Industries, Bangladesh and Asian Productivity Organization (APO) at Fars Hotel and Resort in the capital.

The five-day international workshop started on Sunday with a view to bringing excellence of performance management system of public sector, ensuring good governance and exploring new areas and knowledge to contribute to the effective governance,. A total of 22 delegates from different APO member countries including Bangladesh have participated in the programme whereas four renowned international and national resource persons will conduct the session.

In his speech as the chief guest, Md Abdul Halim said, "Performance management comprises of activities which ensure that goals are consistently being met in an effective and efficient manner. It can emphasize upon the performance of an organization, a department, an employee or even the process to build a product as well as many other areas."

"The government of Bangladesh envisages materialization of Vision 2021, and ensuring good governance is one of the most important agenda in this regard. It has been rightly identified by the government that an effective and dynamic administrative system is absolutely essential to ascertain better governance", the secretary said.

To ensure institutional transparency, accountability, proper utilization of resources and above all enhancing institutional efficiency the government has taken an initiative to introduce a Performance Management System (PMS) in public sector organizations, he said. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) signed Performance Contacts (in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding) with each of the organisations working under the purview of the PMO, secretary informed.

To introduce PMS across the government, it has been decided to have the Annual Performance Agreements (APAs) between the cabinet division as the 1st party and all other ministries/ divisions as the 2nd parties, he said, adding, moving the focus of the ministry from process-orientation to result-orientation and providing an objective to evaluate overall performance of the ministry/division at the end of the year are the main purposes of introducing APAs.

It has been known that the APS will seek the ministry's main objective of the year, activities proposed by the ministry to achieve these objectives and the degree of progress made in implementing these activities. The government introduced Medium Term Budget Framework (MTBF) and this system has already been rolled out to all ministries/ divisions.

 One of the key objectives of the MTBF was facilitating introduction of a system for measuring results from the resources allocated. After the introduction of MTBF performance indicators for indicators for ministries/divisions as well as the subordinate departments/agencies have been developed. Ministry-level performance indicators are intended to measure outcome or higher level outputs.