The Permanent Secretary at the Personnel Management Office, Dawda Fadera, while acknowledging the retreat as most successful, said: “The tradition in the past retreats has been presentation of only by randomly selected sectors. But this time around, we have the entire sectors presenting. And it is not the number of presentations that is important but the quality, and relevant information that was generated here, I think that is really important and we deserve an applause for ourselves.” He stated that the outcome of the convergence will enable the public service deliver on government strategy objectives such as Vision 2016 and Vision 2020.
Sulayman Samba, the deputy secretary-general expressed hope, saying the conclusions and recommendations agreed on during the retreat, will be pursued and accomplished. He said: “I am extremely pleased by the stimulating discussions held during the retreat. I am aware that the presentations were quite exciting, provocative and sometimes, tense. But at the heart of it all is the burning desire to achieve a robust and functioning public service that is responsive to the current and future challenges of our dear motherland.”
One importance of such retreats is the opportunity it provides for the technocratic elite to deliberate on a wider range of issues of national importance.
The DSS also urged them to build on that impetus, saying: “One of the surest ways to maintain the momentum within the service is to regularly consult among ourselves and share ideas as well as rationalise scarce resources. We must complement each other’s efforts as one government. I know there are times when inter-sectoral push and pull do occur, but as sector mangers we must always resist the temptation to be swayed by petty and insignificant short-term gains.”
They are now expected to spearhead the transformation process by putting into perform various strategies they came up with by focusing on the strategic plans they set-up for themselves during the four-day retreat.]]>