Human Resource Managers and Officers from various ministries, Departments and Agencies, on Monday commenced a five-day seminar in Manpower Planning and Budgeting in order to enhance their capacity in the annual preparations of plans to be included in the government budget.
According to the Director of Human Resource Planning and Budgeting at the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), Ansu Tucker, the seminar which is a collaborative effort of the European Union Consultants and HRMO is expected to provide information that will inform the right-sizing exercise and to meet the recent trends and needs of the service.
Tucker stated that Manpower Hearings, which allow the Human Resource Management Office to engage MDAs in discussing and agreeing on their future requirements have formed a major and integral part of the planning and budgeting process since the introduction of Manpower Planning in the Civil Service in 2007.
He stressed that Human Resource are considered the most important assets in any organization as they form a significant part of the administrative costs for which the success and failure of an organization in achieving its mandate, heavily depends on how it addresses or plans its human resource requirements.
He added that the seminar will ensure uniformity and efficiency in the preparation of Ministries, Departments and Agencies draft manpower plans and budget proposals to the Human Resource Management Office and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development for the budget process.
The participants are expected to discuss on issues relating to Human Resource Planning and Management, Steps/Procedures in preparing HR Plans and Budgets, Presentation of Manpower Plans and Budgets at Hearings, Costing HR needs/requirements and Practical Exercises/simulation.
In his address, the Director General of the Human Resource Management Office, Abdul Rashid Bayoh stressed the importance of the seminar, adding that the availability of an adequate and motivated human resource capacity will greatly contribute in the realization of the development strides of government.
Bayoh stated that the human resource sector of the country requires a lot of capacity building, as it will divert them from hiring external services which has over the years being a burden to the limited budgets allocated to MDAs.
He noted that Human Resource Management is a new system worldwide realizing that knowledge based economy is a major contributor to the development of most countries in recent times.
The Director-General also commended the human resource based of the country to be efficient compared to other countries in Africa especially looking at performance management and payroll administration, but however noted that more needs to be done in order to achieve an excellent ranking.
He encouraged participants to meaningfully contribute in the training process and be interested in individual researches, as those will capacitate them in their daily administration and even after leaving the civil service.
By Keifa M. Jaward
Tuesday March 25, 2014