Members of civil society organizations (CSOs) and the 4th Estate and the Ministry of Finance Officials who were present at this FY 2019 MTEF Bilateral Budget Discussions unanimously commended the activities of the Cabinet Secretariat and accordingly approved the Cabinet Secretariat 2019 Budget (with a grand total of Le5,052, 303,200.00) presented to them, after thoughtful and critical deliberations.
A civil society activist Alfonso Manley in his contribution said the role of the Cabinet Secretariat in the government is very crucial to the success of the government and the development of the nation as a whole. “Government must provide the appropriate and sufficient funds/allocations to the Cabinet Secretariat on time for effective and efficient service delivery”, he stressed.
Many people in attendance at the Cabinet Secretariat 2019 Budget presentation described it as ‘well presented in the proper manner’.
In his presentation Mr. Bangura said the Cabinet Secretariat’s vision is: to establish an effective and dependable pillar of support to the executive for timely and efficient service delivery to the nation through supervision of institutions in the public/civil service.
He announced that Cabinet Secretariat’s key deliverables for 2019 are: (i) Training of Cabinet Focal Persons to ensure compliance with the guidelines, formats and criteria issued by the Cabinet Secretariat. (ii) Provide capacity building for Policy Analysts at Cabinet Secretariat to adequately advice Ministries on the preparation of Cabinet Memoranda and Reports, especially to ensure that they are informed by appropriate evidence. (iii) Ensure Political-Administrative Forum to help government deliver meaningful results in line with the New Agenda through coordination, collaboration and effective engagement between the Political, Administrative and Professional Class. (iv) Conduct nation-wide Monitoring and Evaluation of Performance Targets of senior civil servants - (Grade 11 and above) to ensure effective and efficient service delivery.