The Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Monday signed an agreement with the University of Arizona (UA) and the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) to work on a national programme to improve the efficiency of government functioning.
The agreement signed under the auspices of H E Dr Mahad Ba’owain, Minister of Labour and Chairman of the IPA Board of Directors, paves the way for the implementation of the National Programme for Leadership Development and Future Foresight – one of the projects under the Partnership for Development Programme (also called Offset) supervised by the MoF.
According to a press statement, the agreement was signed by Dr Dhafir al Shanfari, CEO of Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD), Sayyid Zaki al Busaidi, CEO of IPA, and Joe Carella, dean of Eller Executive Education at the UA, in the presence of Nasser al Jashmi, secretary general of MoF and other officials.
The programme will be conducted at the IPA, which will supervise its implementation with the aim of improving government performance through building the capacity of directors of various government units and by providing them with managerial and leadership skills needed for policy-making and to efficiently achieve Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
Throughout the agreement period, the UA will train 150 directors from various government units, and will conduct training courses for national trainers so as to ensure the sustainability of the programme, the statement added.
In addition, it will provide short courses for 80 participants from higher management levels and 120 employees from various government units.
Fifteen participants will be enrolled in the Advanced Government Leadership Programme to be conducted at the campus of UA. The intellectual property rights of the programme will be transferred to the IPA.
As per the agreement, the UA will contribute towards the establishment of the Leadership Development Centre for the preparation of leaders, affiliated to the IPA through the centre’s action plan and supervising its management during the first year of its establishment.
In addition, it will also train the centre’s management personnel.
“The National Programme for Leadership Development and Future Foresight is consistent with the recent trends in the government’s working methods,” Dr Shanfari said.
“Through the programme, we seek to build leadership capacity that helps advance economic growth. The UA is a leading university in providing executive education programmes,” the OAPFD CEO said.
“We are delighted to implement this programme – the 18th project under the Partnership for Development Programme that brought together more than 40 local and foreign partners in order to provide projects aimed at enhancing the military and security capacity. The programme aims to develop human resources, facilitate knowledge-transfer and strengthen the private sector.”
The CEO of the IPA said, “The Leadership Development Centre reflects a distinct form of partnership between local and foreign entities.”
“It also represents a paradigm shift in the working method of the IPA as the centre will bring about scientific impact,” Busaidi added.