The Governance and Policy Project (GPP) Balochistan, Planning and Development Department (P&DD), Government of Balochistan signed a contract for establishing Centre of Excellence for Results Based Management (CERBM) with the University of Balochistan (UoB). The contract signing ceremony was held here on Tuesday. The Vice Chancellor UoB, Dr. Javeid Iqbal, Director General (M&E) P&DD GoB, Manzoor Ahmed Sarparah, Provincial Coordinator GPP Balochistan, Mahfooz Ali Khan along with relevant team members were present on the occasion.
The 10-months contract is intended for building sustainable capacity resource for different thematic areas like Project Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Management & Leadership and Public Procurement Management and to conduct research studies. As per the contract, the CERBM is expected to support strengthening of monitoring mechanism of development projects of public sectors, development of HRMIS for P&DD, and instituting the Planning Studies Section (PSS) of P&DD through research activities and developing linkages between the researchers and planning practitioners of public sector through hands-on activities and capacity building initiatives.
Dr. Javeid Iqbal formally welcomed the participants and briefed them on different academic programmes and expertise being offered by the UoB. He said UoB is the mother University of Balochistan and the contribution in building the nation is unparalleled with any higher educational institution of the province. He was pleased over the contract signing with GPP on establishment of CERBM and assured that the beneficiary departments would ensure implementation on CERBM’s activities with true spirit well on time and according to the agreement.
Mahfooz Ali khan said that proper mechanism for the development of policies, studies, public expenditure is the need of hour and as such shall play a vital role in improving governance as a whole for the province. He also highlighted the mandate of GPP for technical assistance of GoB for improving accountability and service delivery. He said that the CERBM would help the GoB in general and P&DD particular in achieving the milestones for Results Based Management.
Manzoor Ahmed Sarparah said that the CERBM would be the new vista for improving planning & monitoring of the provincial Government. The same would enable planners to take evidence / research based decisions for future of the province.