During the period under review, the OSM collaborated with the Ministry of Education and other state institutions to start the realignment process. Relevant laws have been drafted and necessary institutional changes are currently underway to pave way for full scale migration of all Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions by September 2019. Reform in TVET is critical for national development. Currently TVET is purely structured and delivered. There are over 280 institutions spread across 20 ministries. All these institutions handle various aspects of TVET. However there is poor coordination, weak standardization and harmonisation. In response Government is overseeing realignment of all TVET institutions.
In Ghana, the cost of publicly funded infrastructure is largely determined in a manner that does not ensure value for money and the state loses considerable resources as a result. To address this challenge, the Office of the Senior Minister collaborated with the Office of the Vice President to standardise designs and cost of various Health Infrastructure (such as CHPS Compound, Polyclinics, District Hospitals and Regional Hospitals), Education Infrastructure (Kindergartens, Primary Schools, Senior High Schools, Dormitories and Science Laboratories) as well as Roads.
His Excellency the President has a vision to transform the economy and create prosperity for all on a sustainable basis through Ghana Beyond Aid. The Ghana Beyond Aid is both an Economic Development Strategy and Social Partnership with the citizens of Ghana and other partners in development. The vision calls for a Paradigm Shift in the way all partners and agents of development think and act. It also requires a clear roadmap or a strategic national document to provide direction towards achieving the President’s vision. It provides a clear strategic direction towards the realization of a Wealthy, Inclusive, Sustainable, Empowered and Resilient (WISER) Ghana. The President within two years established a multi-stakeholder Committee under the Chairmanship of Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the Senior Minister to develop a Ghana Beyond Aid Charter. The Committee has developed a draft Ghana Beyond Aid Strategy for consideration by Cabinet.
On 26th September, 2017, the President of the Republic of Ghana formed an Inter-Ministerial Committee under the chairmanship of the Senior Minister to oversee the implementation of the ITLOS ruling on Ghana – La Cote d’Ivoire Maritime Boundary Dispute. The Office of the Senior Minister (OSM), in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, Attorney General’s Department and other key stakeholders, has worked to resolve maritime related contestations with La Cote d’Ivoire.
Towards the partial implementation of the NPSRS 2018 – 2023, the Office of the Senior Minister successfully negotiated with the World Bank for a credit facility of USD35million funds to execute the Public Sector Reform for Results Project (PSRRP), 2019-2024. The PSRRP is aimed at improving efficiency and accountability in the delivery of selected frontline services by some government entities. This is to be achieved by strengthening the service culture among the employees of these public sector service delivery bodies. It will also reform the current structures, systems, processes, and internal management functions of the entities to provide modernised and timely services, and to enhance access to these services by leveraging available ICT infrastructure. The PSRRP is also to re-engineer business processes of the entities to reduce processing and waiting times, enhance service delivery standards, and communicate with citizens and the private sector.
The NPSRS, 2018-2023 was formally launched for implementation on 8th August, 2018 by H.E. The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and assisted by the Senior Minister, Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo. The successful launch of the NPSRS was followed by four (4) mini-launch and sensitization workshops held between October and November, 2018
The absence of a strategic framework for public sector reform had in recent times been echoed by several state and non-state actors, as well as external Development Partners (DPs), at various public fora, as one of the main reasons for the unco-ordinated, inefficient and ineffective reforms in the public sector.