India and The Gambia on Thursday signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) approved by the Indian cabinet a week ago for strengthening and promoting bilateral cooperation between the two countries in personnel administration and governance reforms.
In theory, the MoU strengthens and promotes bilateral cooperation between the two countries in personnel administration and governance reforms.
But in practice, it is about improving the performance management system in the Gambia’s government, implementing contributory pension schemes, and e-recruitment in government. The two institutions agreed about rapidly setting up a work plan. A meeting of a joint working group would be held soon to make it happen.
Meanwhile, each country will cover 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 Chronicle has learned that the Gambia has already sent many PSC staff on short training in India before implementing the MoU.
Thursday’s signing was inked by Sanjay Singh, Secretary, on behalf of India’s Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, and Lamin E. Singhateh, Charge d’Affairs, on behalf of the Public Service Commission of Gambia.
The signing ceremony was attended virtually by senior officials of the Gambian Public Service Commission, Ministry of External Affairs, and the Ambassador of India to Senegal accredited to the Gambia.