Annual performance agreement signed
Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay signed Annual Performance Agreement (APA) for fiscal year 2016-2017 in Thimphu last Wednesday.
The signing of Annual Performance Agreement (APA) was signed between Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay and all the Ministers, Dasho Dzongdags, Thrompons and head of the seven autonomous agencies being the actual implementation of the Government Performance Management System (GPMS).
GPMS is initiated by the government in 2014 to address His Majesty’s concern of good planning and poor implementation. The system is also to take a comprehensive view of the department performance by measuring all projects, iconic and noniconic, and all relevant aspects of department deliverable. Thus, it will implement the whole-of-government approach in planning, budgeting, accounting and human resources assessment by integrating nation al systems processes of planning.
The total of 36 agencies implemented the Annual Performance Agreement between 2015 and 2016. The government also created Technical Committee (NTC) comprises of the government officials from Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC), National statistic Bureau (NSB), Ministry of Finance (MoF), Government Performance and Management Division (GPMD) and Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) to propose APA targets in the beginning of year and evaluate achievement at the end of the year.
UNICEF officials and the cabinet secretary of Bangladesh visited the country to study the system in the country. The system is gaining attention of international and regional agencies.
The system’s year-end progress data currently being collected through online are evaluation of finding out data and indicator quality, problems of data collection system, to come up with a more coherent and effective data management system for 12th plan and appeal to all agencies to support the evaluation.
The ministries and agencies have submitted their performance reports for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The national technical committee (NTC) of 55 members will be splitting into a groups and visit the dzongkhags to evaluate APA achievements for the fiscal year 2015-16.
The system has a fortnight issues-reporting and problem-solving feature, which is a mechanism to report implementation issues that are beyond and ministry, Dzongkhag and agency’s capacity or authority, to the Prime Minister.
A total of 41 agencies were signed APA this fiscal year. The agencies took six months to prepare the APA and all the APA targets were prepared by agencies themselves. Lyonchen also thanked all the officials involved for working hard for the last six months on the APA preparation for fiscal year 2016-2017 and also implementing APA 20142015.
Lyonchen also released the government calendar for fiscal year 2016-2017 and the APA compendium for the last two fiscal years.