The workshop was arranged in two phases. The first phase was held on 12 November and 13 November, and the second phase was held on 15 November, 2014. The First phase was attended by the Additional Secretary/Joint Secretary of different Ministries/Division, and the second phase was designed for all the Secretaries.
Mr. M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, Cabinet Secretary, Bangladesh government inaugurated the first phase of the workshop as the Chief Guest, while the former Secretary to the Performance Management Division (PMD) of the Government of India, Dr. Prajapati Trivedi; Senior Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad, and Senior Researcher and Head of Politics, Democracy & Governance cluster of BIGD Dr. Tofail Ahmed were present as the Special Guests in the inaugural session, presided over by Md. Nazrul Islam, Secretary-in-charge (Coordination and Reforms), Cabinet Division of Bangladesh. A Team of eight Experts, led by Dr. Trivedi are facilitating the workshop.
M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, in his speech, expressed the hope that it would be possible to introduce an effective performance management system in the government offices in Bangladesh through this workshop. The performance of the government offices would be improved if a performance management system can be introduced in the government offices, and this will contribute positively to the governance system. Highlighting different government initiatives for promoting good governance in the country, he urged for the cooperation from all government officers in introducing a successful performance management system in Bangladesh. The workshop is expected to contribute to the skills development of the officers on the government performance management system which will help them, through learning, exercise and experience sharing, to prepare Results-Framework Document (RFD) efficiently.
Mr. M. Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan released a book titled “The Proceedings of the Global Roundtable on Government Performance Management”, which is the outcome of a ‘Global Roundtable on Government Performance Management’ organized by the Performance Management Division (PMD), Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India in collaboration with Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE) in December 2013. The publication summarizes the best global practices in Government Performance Management (GPM) by comparing and contrasting practices from several countries with the Indian system. Introducing the publication, Dr. Prajapati Trivedi said that the Roundtable was a dialogue among experts and decision makers from across the world. It was designed to draw lessons for improving government performance management and practices in India.
The second phase of the Workshop was inaugurated by the Advisor to Prime Minister (International Affairs) Professor Dr Gowher Rizvi on 15 November. As the Chief Guest, he highlighted the importance of the performance management system and termed it an effective tool for ensuring accountability and measuring success of the government offices.
Dr Gowher also said, following the success story and experience of performance management systems in India, a suitable system can be adopted for Bangladesh after necessary experiment and readjustment. He mentioned that the workshop would be a milestone in the history of introducing performance management system and promotion of good governance in the country.
The event was chaired by cabinet secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, the workshop was also addressed, among others, by Dr Prajapati Trivedi, former Secretary of the Government of India's Performance Management Division (PMD), Md Nazrul Islam, Secretary-in-Charge (coordination and Reforms), cabinet division and Dr Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director of BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) as special guests.
Cabinet secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan expressed the hope that it would be possible to introduce an effective performance management system in government offices, through this workshop. The performance of government offices would improve if a performance management system can be introduced, and this will contribute positively towards improving the state of governance in Bangladesh. Highlighting different government initiatives for promoting good governance in the country, he urged all government officers to cooperate in introducing a successful performance management system in Bangladesh.
Dr Prajapati Trivedi shared his experience of introducing a performance management system in India and highlighted how this system contributed to improvement of performances of the Ministries and Departments of the Government of India. He described different aspects and components of the performance management system and cited examples of introducing this system in different countries of the world. He appreciated the interests and eagerness of senior government officials for establishing accountability and promoting good governance in Bangladesh.
The workshop was expected to contribute to the development of skills and motivational thrusts of the officers in formulating framework of government performance management systems by their collective efforts. The workshop provided the participants with opportunities to share experiences in preparing Results-Framework Document (RFD) efficiently.
Both the phases of the workshop were attended by more than a hundred senior officials from different Ministries, Divisions, Organizations and the World Bank, as well as BIGD, BRAC University representatives.
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