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16.04.2008 General News

WB and GoG sign agreement

By Accra Mail



The World Bank and the Government of Ghana have signed a credit of US$10 million as supplemental funding support for the ongoing Economic Managing Capacity Building Project (EMCB).

The amount will be used to support the Government of Ghana to perform its role as a facilitator for economic development, through implementing a reform initiative for improved public sector management and service delivery. It is also proposed to introduce certain changes in the project to reflect the extended Public Sector Reform (PSR) activities.

According to Juan Costain, Task Team Leader for the project "the proposed additional financing is to provide for expanded activities for PSR".

Activities to be supported will include the development of a pay administration framework, job and pay-scale evaluation (including a national survey), installation of a time and attendance system, a performance management system, and an advocacy programme to support adoption of the initiative.

It will also finance Government Development Communication Enhancement Programme which seeks to overhaul the Ministry of Information and National Orientation's public communication functions and those of key ministries, department and agencies, including Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and the National Development Planning Commission; and develop and support the implementation of a development communications strategy in support of the PSR..

Further activities include design and consensus building for systemic reforms of public sector pay, human resource management, civil service training programmes, service delivery improvement in public sector agencies, modernization of records management, improvement to conditions of work, implementation of reforms in selected subvented agencies and the deployment of an ICT backbone within the Civil Service to facilitate the execution of Government programs.

Source: World Bank

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