Department of Personnel Management in conjunction with the Department of Treasury are conducting a 2 day Information session for all line government
The 2 day workshop which attracted over three hundred participants was opened yesterday (22nd June) by the Secretary for Department of Personnel
Management Ms Taies Sansan.
The 2021 Whole of Government Retirement Briefing session commenced yesterday attracting over three hundred participants from national agencies and from
provincial administrations and other agencies from throughout the country.
There were various speakers from DPM, Treasury and Nambawan Super who made presentations on the various topics relating to retirement.
DPM working in collaboration with the Treasury team under the Organisational Staffing & Personnel Emoluments Audit Committee (OSPEAC) organised the 2
day Whole of Government Information Session for all national agencies.
In welcoming the participants, DPM Secretary Ms Sansan said, they have taken a different approach to hosting the Retirement Information sessions for this
Ms Sansan said, previously the information sessions were hosted for retirees, however this year a different approach has been taken.
‘This we believe will go a long way to help respective agencies to put together their own exit strategies for their respective officers’.
‘The retirement exercise is a key government directive which dates back to 2016 when NEC made a decision to carry out the retirement exercise but due
to lack of commitment by government to meet its obligation to provide funding – the retirement exercise was not honored until 2019’.
Department of Personnel Management was directed to coordinate the Public Sector retirement program following an NEC decision in 2017. In 2019, NEC
then directed the development of a Whole of Government Retirement Policy.
Under the Public Service Management Act and the General Orders, heads of agencies are required to manage annual staff retirement plans. This includes
identifying those who have either reached the compulsory retirement age of 65 years or those who opt to be retired on medical grounds.
Respective agencies are supposed to have the cost of retiring these officers included in their respective Personnel Emolument Budgets. Agencies must plan ahead for
their staff who will be reaching the retirement age to ensure it is captured in their respective budgets prior to the retirement year.
Last year, there were 2,150 identified retirees to be retired at a cost of K430 million. However due to funding allocation of only K28 million, only 467 retirees were retired and paid out. So those who have missed out in 2020 will be added to the 2021 retirement list and we have communicated with Department of
Treasury to assist with this exercise.
With the new approach to implement the retirement strategy – the onus is now on respective line agencies to take on the responsibility of having in place their
own respective exit strategies to cater for those within your respective agencies who have reached the compulsory retirement age.
The need to have respective agencies deal with their own retirement staffing matters is made easier if this responsibility is being undertaken internally.
’I hope you will all learn as much as you can during this information session to grasp the process and procedures to administer and implement retirement
exercise, the retirement payment methods and the exit plans for public servants.This will enable you to go back and conduct your own assessments on
retirement for your respective organizations on retirement.
Following the circular instruction issued by my department last week – I hope you have all come prepared with copies of your respective exit plans/strategy including names of officers who have reached the compulsory retirement age of 65 years and over.
I wish you all the best throughout the 2 days of this information session and hope that you will go away and be able to confidently conduct your internal exit strategies that will contribute towards the whole of government’s retirement strategy’.