In collaboration with the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), the Ministry of Public Service organized a four day retreat for Permanent Secretaries from Tuesday 21st to 24th March 2017 at Mweya Safari Lodge, Kasese.
The theme of the retreat was “The Whole of Government Approach” (WOG) which denotes Public Service agencies working across portfolio boundaries to achieve a shared goal and an integrated government response to particular issues. Approaches can be formal and informal. They can focus on policy development, program management and service delivery. It underpinned the management of all Public Service Reforms and how to build on initiatives to create an effective, efficient and responsive public sector to utilize the limited resources in order to produce excellent results to the satisfaction of citizens.
Issues of emphasis included reduction of wastage, elimination of duplication, working with reduced budgets, innovation and sharing responsibilities and information, strengthening coordination and integration of strategies, creation of a joined-up and connected government to ensure policy coherence, removal of cross organizational boundaries and adoption of citizen centric digital portals to enhance technological advancement for improved service delivery.
The Permanent Secretaries committed to working together as a team to address the challenges impeding the Uganda Public Service from becoming an excellent administrative machinery capable of delivering quality, timely, transparent and responsive services to the needs of the people.