Ghana has welcomed the introduction of the Certified Public Manager (CPM) training programme which is acclaimed for promoting efficiency and productivity in the public service.
The CPM, a flagship programme of the University of Virgin Islands, USA, is on high demand by countries and governments desirous of high productivity and creativity among public sector workers.
Following a visit by the Vice President of the University of Virgin Islands (UVI), Dr Haldane Davies to Ghana, this week, key government institutions have welcomed the programme, indicating the country’s preparedness to adopt it to enhance the productivity in the public sector.
The visit, facilitated by Gamey and Gamey Group, the local partner of UVI, provided a platform to create awareness about the CPM in Ghana, and to define measures towards establishing Ghana as a CPM hub for Africa.
As part of the visit, Dr Davies called on the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, Executive Chairman of the State Enterprises Commission, Mr Steven Asamoah-Boateng, and the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, Mrs Janet Fofie,
At the separate meetings, they all lauded the objectives of the CPM programme and looked forward to it being rolled out in Ghana for the benefit of the public service.
Describing the structure of the CPM as interesting, the Employment Minister, for instance, stressed the need for professional practical training that would make public sector workers more innovative and solution oriented.
Similarly, Mr Asamoah-Boateng and Mrs Fofie believed Ghana needs training programmes that would enable public servants to add value to their work so as to enhance performance and organisational productivity.
“The CPM is probably what we need to ensure that we invest in trainings that actually translate into value addition for public organisations,” said Mrs Fofie.
They all recommended the launching of the programme in Ghana through a collaboration with local training institutions to enable many public servants to benefit from the programme.
But even before the CPM is officially launched in Ghana, the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has accepted to run the programme under its Institute of Work, Employment and Society (IWES).
Professor Abednego Okoe Amartey, Vice Chancellor of UPSA, at a meeting with Dr Davies and Mr Austin Gamey, CEO of Gamey and Gamey Group, extolled the essence of the CPM, saying it falls in line with the aim of university in promoting professional development of workers.
The meeting, which was also attended by the Director of IWES, Dr Mary Naana Essiaw, set February 2019 for the initiation of the programme in UPSA, which will make it the first institution in Africa to host programme.
They also resolved to work out the partnership modalities for an agreement to be signed between the parties to pave way for the running of the professional practical training programme.
Dr. Davies at a pre-departure meeting, thanked the Gamey and Gamey Group for the quality facilitation, and gave assurance of UVI’s commitment to their collaboration.
By Edmund Mingle/adrdaily.com