| Fadhil Yunus |
RESTRUCTURING reduces the hierarchy of bureaucracy to enable efficient and effective decision-making in a timely manner through competent and responsible autonomy and delegation.
Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Wahab bin Juned pointed this out yesterday during a certificate presentation for the 19th and 20th Executive Development Programme for Senior Government Officers (EDPSGO) and the 16th and 17th Executive Development Programme for Middle Management Officers (EDPMMO) 2014.
Held at Tarindak d’Polo Restaurant of the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club in Jerudong, the ceremony saw 106 officers from four batches receiving their certificates from the guest of honour.
“One of the fundamental changes is to make meritocracy the key determinant in the management of public services, which is fair and responsible.
“Do not possess double standards and do not point to self- interest,” he added.
“With fundamental changes such as this, management becomes even more committed to simplifying the process, remove processes/procedures that are not required, quicken decision-making and create a delegation through, among others, reengineering.
“All of these accompanied by another alignment system will change the management culture. With this, the public sector will no longer be pre-occupied with the process, and instead move to achieve fruitful results,” the deputy minister said.
In the midst of the permissiveness culture, the public service will have plenty of freedom and confidence to explore innovative methods for decision-reaching and achieving high work performance.
An agenda of reformation such as this to strengthen the public service is clear and apparent to all. Nevertheless, not all parties can achieve reformation to the full effect as planned.
“The achievement rate is subject to a lot of factors, among others, leadership, objectives of public service and the officer.
“Encouragement shall not be limited to one level or a group of people. The driver and those who are driven should be homogenous, top-down and bottom-up to make us all more driven,” he explained.
The deputy minister underscored that what is meant by the objective of public services is a strategic direction that should be both acknowledged and internalised to enable parties in the public service to accurately identify their respective priorities.
With the presence of direction and virtue, responsibility and accountability will be clear, directed and focused, he said, adding that “any reformation that underlies direction and priority is brighter than the other way around.”
The Executive Development Programme for government officers organised by the Public Service Department (JPA) aims to enhance the capacity of leadership and authority of senior government officers.
Additionally, the programme will be able to renew commitment and intentions of the participants towards efforts to address public service challenges.
One of the components of the EDPSGO programme was a temporary two-week placement in government agencies. The purpose of the placement was to provide detailed understanding of policies other than that at their government agency or ministry. The programme also included a five-day study visit overseas.
Participants of the 19th EDPSGO programme headed to Malaysia, while the 20th EDPSGO Programme participants went to Australia.
The study visit provided participants exposure to related challenges and successes, and opportunities to understand how other countries align their Economic Development Agenda with the National Development Strategy.
The EDPMMO programme is an innovative exercise and development programme for middle management officers and potential public service executives. Its purpose is to develop participants to higher management level and to ensure they adapt to facing bigger leadership challenges, fitted with a firm intellect and interpersonal expertise.
With cooperation from the Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), the EDPMMO programme ran for eight weeks.