GIS - October 18, 2012: The annual Confidential Report which has so far served as a tool to assess performance across the public sector will be phased out as from 2013 and replaced by the Performance Management System (PMS).
The Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Mr Sutyadeo Moutia, made this announcement during a three-day Stakeholders Validation workshop on Performance Management for senior management officers from the Civil Service which was held from 16 to 18 October at the Intercontinental Resort, Balaclava.
Participants from the Commonwealth Secretariat and delegates from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania attended the workshop with a view to come up with ideas and suggestions based on experience of their respective countries to advise on the development of a mechanism to monitor and evaluate performance of the public sector. The deliberations will serve to finalise a document that would eventually serve as a model for Performance Management for other countries in the region.
In his opening address the Minister pointed out that Government is committed to ensure timely delivery standards to meet stakeholders’ expectations in the light of the reform process in the Civil Service. A smarter Civil Service calls for well designed strategies focused on effective performance management, he said. He further outlined that the Civil Service must reinforce its existing strategy and develop new ones where the right standards are chosen for the right reasons.
In line with the reform process in the Civil Service the Government has embarked on several projects among which the PMS and Programme Based Budgeting which was introduced in 2007. The main objective is to monitor cost efficiency of outcomes of programme at the level of ministries and departments, from a more strategic angle targeting organisational performance.
The PMS which was adopted in Mauritius in 2005 focuses on the improvement of the performance of civil servants and is a strategic tool to ensure that there is agreement among individuals at the different levels of the organisation through effective communication on the vision, mission, objectives and goals.