Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) is leading a team of senior management officials of Central Government Management agencies and related institutions on a working visit to South Korea.
The engagement, which started from 25th October and runs 11th November, 2017, was at the invitation of the Korean Government through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and is aimed at sharing the Korean experience of "Linking Pay to Productivity", another element of the Single Spine Pay Policy.
The institutions include: Public Services Commission, Office of the Head of Civil Service, National Development Planning Commission, Local Government Service, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Ministry of Finance, National Council on Tertiary Education, Public Sector Reform Secretariat (Office of the Senior Minister), Ghana Health Service, National Council for Tertiary Education, Ghana Police, Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Ghana Education Service, Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) and the Trades Union Congress.
FWSC, in working collaborations with these institutions, is to pilot the scheme in a selection of public service institutions early next year.
President Nana Addo Akuffo-Addo in his address to workers on May Day this year, called for change in attitude to work, for increased productivity. The FWSC Act 737 mandates the commission to ensure "..that employee performance is fully reflected in the public service pay system."
The Korean Institute for Developing Strategy, (KDS) an independent think-tank organisation running the programme, has been studying a performance management instrument developed by the Public Services Commission and other materials from FWSC, to guide the points of convergence and idea sharing between the working Korean methods and the proposed Ghanaian model.
South Korea is lauded worldwide for its 'miraculous' rapid transformation from one of the poorest countries on the globe, into the eleventh strongest economy in the world.
At the end of the high level programme, Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, along with the representatives of the various Central Government Agencies and the Korean Institute for Development Strategy, are expected to develop an Action Plan to start implementation in Ghana early next year.
Dr. Edward Kwapong, Chief Executive of Fair Wages and Salaries Commission announces that, this visit is the first of a 3 year module for representatives of various levels of the public services of Ghana; and a further affirmation of the deepening ties between the peoples of Ghana and South Korea.
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