On Wednesday, the government of India approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India’s Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances and the Gambia’s Public Service Commission. The MoU strengthens and promotes bilateral cooperation between the two countries in personnel administration and governance reforms.
The final communique of the Indian cabinet meeting states that “The MoU will also help in understanding the personnel administration and enable in improving the system of governance through replicating, adapting and innovating some of the best practices and processes.”
Some months ago, President Adama Barrow’s government engaged with India to promote cooperation in improving the performance management system in the Gambia’s government, implementing contributory pension schemes, and e-recruitment in government. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was later signed between India’s Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances under the Ministry of Personnel and Public Service Commission, Office of the President, Republic of the Gambia.
On Wednesday, India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi led his government’s Union Cabinet meeting in approving the MoU with The Gambia. The document technically binds India’s Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions to The Gambia’s Office of the President to facilitate a dialogue between Indian government agencies and the agencies of the Republic of the Gambia.
As a result, India and the Gambia will now help each other refurbish the personnel administration and governance reforms. The deal includes “improving the performance management system in government, implementation of the contributory pension scheme, and e-recruitment in government. Each country will be responsible for its expenditure in connection with the implementation of the MoU. The actual amount of expenditure will depend on the activities that may be undertaken under the MoU.”
The MoU also provides a legal framework to the cooperation between the two countries in refurbishing personnel administration and governance reforms to improve upon the existing system of governance by learning, sharing, and exchanging administrative experiences in the area of personnel administration and governance reforms and instill a greater sense of responsiveness, accountability, and transparency.