The Malawi Government is informing the general public that the mandate of the Civil Service and Public Service Reforms Commission expires on 31st January 2017.
According to a press statement signed by the Chief Secretary to the government Lloyd Muhura, the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) will now start overseeing the implementation of the reform programmes.
The Commission was mandated among others to establish national priorities in Public Service reforms and chart the national direction that will ensure successful change towards a dynamic, efficient and effective Public Service with special focus on the civil service.
The commission was established on 23 June 2014 for a period of six months, from 1st July to 31st December 2014 by the country’s President Peter Mutharika.
However, the arrangement was that the Commission would be reporting directly to the State President on the findings and directions.
The Commission duly submitted a Report that was launched on 11th February 2015 by His Excellency the State President at the Bingu International Convention Centre.
After submitted its first report President Mutharika extended the mandate of the Commission in order to establish priority reform issues in statutory corporations.
This first extension was from 1st January 2015 to 30th June 2016.
Upon recommendation of the Commission, the State President further extended the mandate of the Commission for six months effective from 1st August 2016 to 31st January 2017.
During this period the Commission would establish reform areas in local councils and allow the Commission to prepare a report at the end.
Government however assures the public that the expiry of the Reforms Commission is not the end of the Reforms Programme.
The government says the public should appreciate that the reforms programme is an on-going process and has moved from conceptualisation to implementation.
Under the reforms commission, the actual reforms ideas would be largely conceived by the ministries, departments and statutory corporations. The reform initiatives would then be presented to the Commission for scrutiny, refinement and tracking if they were getting implemented. In turn, the Commission would report those reform concepts as recommendations to the State President for his approval.
This meant that the implementation of the reforms would remain the responsibility of the ministries, departments and statutory corporations under the supervision of the OPC.
Meanwhile, government has commended the Commission for a job well done and the general public, the National Assembly, Development Partners, the Faith Community, Civil Society, all participating ministries, departments and statutory corporations for their contributions and the spirited unity of purpose in moving forward to change various areas of the public sector.
The Public Services Reforms Commission was headed by the country’s fashion-savvy vice president Saulos Klaus Chilima.