The National Productivity and Competitiveness Centre (NPCC) in the State Department for Labour and Skills Development, Ministry of Labour and Social protection has kicked off Productivity mainstreaming program across all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the country.
The event marks the beginning of implementation of the first activity in the productivity mainstreaming program in the public service which is one of the performance targets set for all MDAs in the 20th cycle of public sector performance contracting 2023/24 FY.
Speaking during the sensitization workshops held in the Central and Upper Eastern regions of the country, the Secretary Productivity Dr. Nahashon L. Moitaleel noted that raising productivity levels of the country is one of the key factors identified in realising the aspirations of the current Government’s Bottom up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA).
The Secretary also highlighted that his office is ready to offer any support to ensure productivity mainstreaming in the public service is undertaken successively for the overall good of this Nation.
He urged MDAs to undertake the following steps in order to achieve the goal of productivity mainstreaming: Nominate and sensitize productivity management committee on productivity; Develop productivity measurement metrics under the guidance of NPCC; Collect the necessary productivity measurement data based on the metrics developed; Compute a productivity index for their organization; and develop productivity improvement strategy and start implementing it.
Since the development of Productivity Measurement Framework by NPCC, the Centre has trained 122 MDAs on productivity management. Twenty-two (22) of these MDAs have been supported by NPCC in the development of productivity metrics, data collection and computation of a Productivity Index.
In Kenya, productivity growth is envisioned in Kenya’s Constitution as a precursor of attainment of inherent rights of the citizens and the pursuit of productivity growth speaks directly to the aspirations of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 on promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable Economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
On the same vein, theprincipal Secretary in the state department of labor and skills development The Hon PS Geoffrey Kaituko noted,
“Our challenge as a country has been on matters productivity and competitiveness in which we are working in tandem with line departments including Cabinet Affairs, Performance management & delivery and the state department of public service.
This is the first time such an initiative is being introduced in Kenya.
We are also working closely with the Kenya school of Government in a bid to ensure the aspects of productivity and competitiveness are introduced in the curriculum where public servants can learn those pertinent skills,” the Chair of the National Steering committee on Productivity and competitiveness Geoffrey Kaituko noted. Geoffrey Kaituko is also the principal Secretary in the State Department of Labour and Skills Development