The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), which is a unit under the Prime Minister’s office of Malaysia and DCF’s partner in Maharashtra’s “Water For All” Lab, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of India’s National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) to cooperate in the areas of performance management, project delivery and monitoring related to public programmes, both at the level of Central and the State Government on the lines of work done in Maharashtra state.
The signatories of the MoU were Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, Chief Executive Officer, PEMANDU and Anil Wadhwa, Secretary of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, who signed on behalf of the Indian Government. The ceremony was witnessed by the Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak.
Shri Narendra Modi had taken great interest in Malaysia’s performance management methodology, which led to discussions between PEMANDU and the Indian Government for a potential collaboration.
After discussions with NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India Aayog), both parties felt that the best way to proceed & allow direct engagement between PEMANDU and the ministries of the Indian Government at both the Central and State levels, was to initiate this MoU.
The CEO of PEMANDU said that, “The memorandum will allow PEMANDU and the Indian Government to work closely as partners in rolling out impactful and meaningful public sector initiatives throughout the country.”
Both parties will be promoting technical co-operation using the Big Fast Results (BFR) methodology developed by PEMANDU to develop, implement and monitor Government programmes and strategic developmental plans.
Mr. TS Tirumurti, India’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, added, “With the Indian Prime Minister’s emphasis on speeding up implementation in India, this is a significant milestone in building relations between India and Malaysia.”
“Keeping in view Malaysia’s National Transformation Programme, PEMANDU has a good track record in setting up and implementing monitoring systems, which can be very beneficial. I am confident that all the states of India will also benefit from this agreement,” stated Mr. Tirumurti.
Mr. Ravindran Devagunam, Director, PEMANDU feels that from a Government to Government exchange perspective, the signing of this MoU is timely. “It may be followed with a formal agreement between the Government of Andhra Pradesh and PEMANDU via NITI Aayog, as the first Indian State Government to work with PEMANDU. A Letter of Intention has already been given, and negotiations are expected to proceed swiftly following the signing of their MoU,” added Devagunam.
Matter of pride for the Delivering Change Foundation: Managing Director of the Sakal Media Group and Chairman of the Delivering Change Foundation (DCF), Mr. Abhijit Pawar has congratulated PEMANDU for the agreement with NITI Aayog. Complimenting PEMANDU, Mr.Pawar said, “Using PEMANDU’s methods, DCF had conducted the ‘Water for All’ initiative in Maharashtra. Similar work is now being initiated in the state of Andhra Pradesh. We have a lot to learn from PEMANDU and also have a lot to contribute. India has rich traditions which can help to guide the world.”
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