New E-Systems to discard OPRAS

THE Ministry of State in the President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance has requested Parliament to approve 1tri/- in recurrent and development expenditures, outlining over 30 key priority areas to be focused on during the 2023/24 financial year.

Tabling the ministry’s budget estimates for 2023/24 fiscal year in the august House on Wednesday, the minister responsible for the docket, George Simbachawene said the 800.6bn/- is for recurrent and 200.4bn/- for development expenditure.

He told lawmakers that in the 2023/24 fiscal year, his ministry was well focused to intensify capacity building in the two new electronic working performance systems.

He mentioned the new systems as the Public Employee’s Performance Management Information System (PEPMIS) and Public Institution Performance Management Information System (PIPMIS).

The use of new systems will discard the current use of Open Performance Review and Appraisal System (OPRAS), which is an open, formal and systematic procedure designed to assist both employers and employees in planning, managing, evaluating and realising performance improvement in the organisation. Regardless, all systems aims at achieving organisational goals.

Also, Mr Simbachawene said the government now wants to intensify capacity building in all Public Entities (PEs), so that they begin implementing a new electronic system for supervision and performance in the public service.

So far, according to him, there were 215 public institutions, 26 ministries, 26 Regional Secretariets and 70 PEs as well as 98 Local Government Authorities (LGAs).

Another among other top priorities, according to him, is to prepare a policy for Information and Communications (ICT) systems in efforts to strengthen electronic government (e-GA).

Mr Simbachawene added that in the next financial year, the government is planning to coordinate yet another grand project for the country’s digital transformation dubbed Government Internet Bandwidth, which seeks to have several public entities have common service centres for the benefit of the nation.

The government further wants, in collaboration with the office of the Attorney General (AG), to review different laws, regulations and guidelines guiding the public service.

Mr Simbachawene further told the august House that the government was equally doing research to identify the different working environments, so as to ensure public servants remain at their areas of duty.

He also noted that integrity matters were also a serious issue in the public service, adding that the government would in the next financial year increase campaigns on how best to maintain integrity in the public service.

On Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF), Mr Simbachawene said the government intends to conduct verification of at least 380,000 beneficiaries, in a bid to identify those who have graduated to pave way for others in need to be included in the programme.

Mr Simbachawene commended civil servant’s contribution in propelling the country’s development, expressing high hopes that they will continue giving their best for the country to hit upper middle income status.

He said the envisioned development will be geared towards ‘Realising Competitiveness and Industrialisation for Human Development’ as stipulated in the National Five-Year Development Plan 2021/22 – 2025/26 (FYDP-III).

The minister also said indicators show that the country is positioned third in Africa and first in the East African Community (EAC) in embracing ICT in all government activities.

He also said that the government will continue to strive to improve integrity of public servants by reducing the level of corruption through: leadership commitment and political will; automation; enforcement of ethics and anti-corruption laws and regulations; investigations and disciplinary actions against corrupt public servants.

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