Government reviewing public service laws, regulations

Lilongwe: Malawi Government is reviewing its laws, regulations, systems, practices and procedures so that government Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Councils and Parastatal Organisations undertake reform activities towards a common and informed goal.

Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara, said this in Lilongwe on Friday when he launched the Malawi Public Sector Reforms Policy (MPSRP) and the Malawi Public Service Management Policy (MPSMP).

Both the MPSRP and MPSMP were adopted in February, this year (2018) to guide the implementation of reforms in all public sectors and to improve the management and administration of the Public Service.

He said the two documents launched provide a conducive environment for improving efficiency and effectiveness of the Public Service.

Muhara observed that such a conducive environment would ensure that government provides quality public goods and services to its citizens.

In addition to the review process, government is implementing some key programmes in order to enhance and foster a new governance arrangement that will raise standards of performance of the Malawi Public Service, he said.

The Chief Secretary informed the delegates to the launch that the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) is already implementing the two policies, saying government is currently in the final process of reviewing the Public Service Act which has harmonized four Service Commissions namely the Teaching Service, Local Government, Health and Civil Service Commissions to form an umbrella body called the Malawi Public Service Commission.

He added that the reviewed act has created a greater accountability by public service officers, especially controlling officers.

The reviewed act has also expanded the mandate of the Department of Human Resource Management Development so that it provides more leadership and support with regards to the management of the public service, said Muhara.

United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) Deputy Resident Representative, Claire Medina, described the two documents as ambitious tools in reforms, saying they will strengthen the public service sector.

She appealed to government to put the reforms into action if its implementation is to be a reality.

The current Malawi Pubic Sector Reform journey began on 11th February, 2015 when President Prof Arthur Mutharika launched the Reforms Agenda which recommended the review or drafting of new policies and also the amendment or enactment of laws aimed at facilitating various reforms initiatives.

The overall purpose of the MPSRP is to provide strategic direction for effective design, implementation and management of public sector reforms while the MPSMP is to address weaknesses and contradictions in policies that guide the operations of the public service.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

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