Senior Presidential Advisor, Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo, has emphasized the need for the leadership of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) to have a global perspective in order to enhance its competitiveness.
During the inauguration of the GIMPA Training and Consulting Directorate in Accra, Mr Marfo stated, “Your market must grow beyond Ghana, you must think global and be highly dynamic, adaptive, and responsive to national, regional, and global development situations.”
The newly established GIMPA Training and Consulting Directorate is a merger of the Academy of Leadership and Executive Training and the Consultancy, Training, and Innovative Directorate, which was approved by the GIMPA Council on November 24, 2022.
Mr Marfo urged GIMPA to prioritize the promotion of the French language to be competitive in the global business market, considering that Ghana is surrounded by Francophone countries.
He highlighted the importance of providing short-term capacity training, consultancy, and advisory services to organizations in Ghana, ECOWAS, and beyond for the achievement of national and sub-regional development goals.
The Senior Presidential Advisor commended GIMPA for its contributions to the development and implementation of the country's National Public Sector Reform Strategy (NPSRS 2018–2023).
He also announced that GIMPA was awarded a consultancy service under a competitive tender to review the curriculum of Civil Service Training Institutions and build the capacity of facilitators in performance management and leadership. This consultancy service is part of the Public Sector Reform for Results Project.
Mr Marfo emphasized the need for transparent processes and accountability within critical public sector institutions to ensure the delivery of output and results.
He urged GIMPA to position itself as a partner in providing the necessary skills and knowledge for individuals working in civil and public services to make the ongoing reforms a reality. He highlighted the Institute's role in guiding businesses in the private sector to navigate and identify new opportunities in the current national and global economic challenges.
In addition, Mr Marfo urged GIMPA to focus on developing innovative training programs for the informal sector to improve efficiency, as over 60 per cent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) comes from this sector.
Professor Samuel K. Bonsu, the Rector of GIMPA, expressed confidence in the Institute's ability to provide advisory services to the government and other institutions through orientations, seminars, and capacity building, in order to enhance their effectiveness.
He highlighted GIMPA's role in developing human capital for Ghana and beyond since its establishment in 1961, and its commitment to supporting capacity development through executive training programs.
Professor Charles Amoatey, the Director of the newly established Directorate, outlined the training programs that had been developed, including leadership skills and foundations in general management, with the aim of enhancing sustainable growth.
He emphasized the Directorate's belief in making a significant impact on the executive education landscape through creativity, teamwork, and quality delivery to maximize growth.