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Zimbabwe Gov’t Introduces Tough Performance Contracts

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday introduced Performance contracts, a new system where those managing the public service are now expected to perform to defined areas in line with key reforms for the public sector.

Permanent secretaries of Government ministries yesterday signed performance contracts for next year. In total, permanent secretaries from the 21 ministries signed the tough performance contract.

According to President Mnangagwa the launch of performance contracts was a historic milestone coming on the backdrop of the success of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) and the implementation of the National Development Strategy 1.

The stress is on what needs to be achieved, expected levels of achievement, timelines and reporting modalities.

Details also indicate that the contracts signed by the permanent secretaries set out for each ministry the key deliverables for performance next year and include each ministry’s vision, mission, budget allocated for next year, key result areas, ministry national outcomes, ministry sector outcomes, and ministry programmes.

The ambitious performance contracts according to the president aim at pushing for the Government’s quest to achieve targets under Vision 2030.

“This system is envisaged to result in robust public sector institutions and a leadership that is results focused,” the president noted.

“As I have said, the Second Republic is about action and results and all our activities should be streamlined accordingly to make positive and lasting impacts for the growth of our economy and overall improved quality of life for our people,” Mnangagwa said.

He argued that Bureaucracy and old ways of doing business and resolving problems have no place under the Second Republic.

“To that end, I have put in place coordination architecture at the centre of Government. This comprises three apex agencies, which are the Office of the President and Cabinet, the Public Service Commission and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development,” he said.

President Mnangagwa said his Government expected the signing of performance contracts to improve efficiency in service delivery to the public by holding office holders to account, ensuring that performance and results link with expectations, increasing customer satisfaction with Government services, improving efficiency and performance in resource allocation, and inculcating a performance and results oriented culture.

Performance contracts will be extended to heads of parastatals and State-owned Enterprises and local authorities, in line with the devolution agenda that seeks to promote provincial economies, and eventually even to Cabinet ministers.

The President said the performance contracts would be uploaded onto the Whole of Government Performance Management System, which has been put in place to allow e-monitoring and evaluation.

“In all these processes, the active participation of the citizenry and other stakeholders will be taken into account as the overall performance rating of each individual permanent secretary will also incorporate the inputs from the public,” said President Mnangagwa.

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