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Over 100 project managers trained

Sunday, June 10, 2018

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More than 100 project managers across various government ministries, departments and agencies have so far been trained in the use of the Public Sector Investment Management System (PIMS) with plans to train 400 more.

Executive director for the Public Investment Management Secretariat (PIMSEC) Douglas Levermore recently made the announcement and added training is ongoing.

PIMSEC is the key technical body for public investment planning and implementation. It advises the Cabinet, through the PIMS committee, on investments that are to be included in the Public Sector Investment Programme. The training programme was designed to ensure that public sector officers are fully knowledgeable about the system and au fait with project management tools and techniques.

“Eventually we want to get to a stage where there are project management offices within the various ministries. It's a cultural change that we are going to need to make to ensure that the projects that we pursue are data-driven,” he added.

Levermore said PIMSEC is cognisant that the undertaking is transformational and new and, as such, stands ready to provide guidance to all entities.

The executive director noted that a number of training strategies are being utilised, including boot camps and workshops.

A two-day workshop that will focus on training the trainer for the monitoring and evaluation aspects of the programme is upcoming, he revealed.

He indicated that some of the other upcoming training sessions will target best practices in project management techniques, while scheduled boot camps will be geared towards heightening sensitisation on the PIMS. The workshops, he said, will further focus on specifics designed to assist in the use of the PIMS, noting that one such has already been held on impact assessment and evaluation, which is a key component in preparing a project to go through the PIMS.

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