Public Service and Institutional Capacity Development Board (PSRICDB) launched

The Personnel Management Office in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary General on Monday 30th November, 2020 launched the PSRICDB as part of the governance structure outlined in the Civil Service Reform Programme 2018-2027 strategy. The meeting took place at the State House Conference Room.

The board comprise of the following:

  1. Hon. Secretary General and Head of Civil Service (Chair),
  2. PS-PMO (Secretary),
  3. Chairman Public Service Commission
  4. PS Local Government and Lands,
  5. PS Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs,
  6. PS Ministry of Information Communication and Infrastructure,
  7. Director General MDI,
  8. Chief Executive Officer The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
  9. Executive Director TANGO and
  10. UNDP Resident Representative.

As per the reform strategy, the Board is mandated to provide strategic oversight and serve as the apex decision-making body for the reform agenda. The Board therefore, has oversight responsibility to ensure implementation of the programme. The Board, thus, have a critical role in the government’s reform agenda.

In delivering the opening remarks, the Secretary General, Noah Touray, reiterated Government’s commitment and dedication to the Civil Service Reform Programme 2018-2027 – noting that Civil Service reform is crucial in attaining the objectives of the National Development Plan.

He added that the establishment of this board was long overdue and applauded the PMO for coordinating today’s inception meeting. SG, went on to thank PMO for their efforts in implementing the strategy.

SG, concluded by thanking the board members for accepting to serve the country in this important role.

PS PMO, Lamin F. Jawara, was requested to provide an over-view of the strategy. PS, Jawara then highlighted the challenges as well as the strategic objective of the programmes. Some of the challenges include, overlap and duplication of functions among and within government, low pay and pension, disciplinary and low performance issues. PS Jawara further updated the meeting on some of the completed, ongoing and pending reform activities. Key among the ongoing activities include, Pension, Pay and Performance Management reform.

He concluded by indicating PMO’s commitment to continue pursuing the strategy in its entirety.

At this point, the Board members took turns to express delight with their nominations and pledged to serve with the expected levels of commitment and dedication.

SG, thanked everyone for their acceptance and presence, and then declared the inception meeting closed.


By Musa Saho