Launch of the GIMPA Training and Consulting
A colourful event to launch the merger of the Academy of Leadership and Executive Training (ALET) and the Consultancy, Training, and Innovative Directorate (CITD) took place at the Greenhill Campus of GIMPA on Thursday, May 4, 2023.
The event was attended by the Hon. Yaw Osafo Marfo, Senior Presidential Advisor, who was also the Guest of Honour at the event, some heads of organisations, the Rector and Deputy Rector of GIMPA, the Secretary of the Institute, Deans and Directors, Heads of Units, staff of GIMPA and the general public.
In his welcome address, the Rector of GIMPA Prof. Samuel Kwaku Bonsu, who was also the chairman of the event, expressed his appreciation to the participants for gracing the occasion.
He further expressed his excitement at having two independent units at GIMPA merged to provide training and services in Ghana and beyond saying ‘The GIMPA T&C is the latest moniker for the unit that we have described as consultancy over the years and it seeks to execute consultancy projects on behalf of the Institute.’
He stated that GIMPA’s legal mandate required that the Institute seek opportunities to contribute to policy development and capacity building in all spheres of life. This was what the Institute had been known for these past 62 years.
‘The Institute, since its establishment, had continued to develop the human capital for the country and beyond and support capacity development through its executive training programmes,’ he stressed.
Explaining how the merger came about Prof. Bonsu indicated that over the years, there seemed to be significant overlap between ALET and CITD. The GIMPA Governing Council thus, saw the value of a merged Unit and gave approval for the merger and new name on November 24, 2022.
He further assured that the GIMPA T&C was well poised to provide advisory services to the government and other institutions through orientations, seminars, and capacity building to enhance their effectiveness.
Prof. Bonsu further implored the government’s support in giving GIMPA the opportunity to become the primary point of government advisory and capacity-building services since GIMPA, although a public institution, is self-financing and does not receive public funds from the government.
‘We have the people and facilities and many other resources to provide the requisite advisory and capacity building services at every level of government engagement and we are ready to do just that,’ he stressed.
The Senior Presidential Advisor, Hon. Yaw Osafo Marfo lauded GIMPA for its contribution to development and the implementation of the country’s National Public Sector Reform Strategy.
He stated that the establishment of the GIMPA G&T Unit was timely and apt as significant work was being done to reform the Public Sector to improve service delivery in the country.
He however, urged the management of GIMPA to aim globally to enhance its competitiveness saying ‘Your market must grow beyond Ghana, you must think global and be highly dynamic, adaptive, and responsive to national, regional, and global development situations.’
Hon. Osafo Marfo again, advised GIMPA to prioritize the promotion of the French language to be competitive in the global business market, since Ghana was surrounded by Francophone countries.
He announced the award of consultancy service to GIMPA under the competitive tender for the review of the curriculum of Civil Service Training institutions and building the capacity of its facilitators in performance management and leadership.
Prof. Charles Amoatey, the Director for GIMPA C&T, said the Unit will have four departments namely: the Training Department, the Consultancy Department, Business Development Unit, and the General Administration Department.
He mentioned that the GIMPA C&T had developed a growth strategy for the coming years based on Creativity and teamwork, Quality delivery, Innovative programmes, and Internationalisation.
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