PUTRAJAYA, 24 NOVEMBER 2015 - The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) under the Prime Minister’s Department of Malaysia and the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI AAYOG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday to co-operate in areas of performance management, project delivery and monitoring related to public programmes both at the Central level and State Government level.
The signatories of the memorandum were PEMANDU Chief Executive Officer Dato' Sri Idris Jala and India’s Ministry of External Affairs Secretary Anil Wadhwa who signed on behalf of the Indian Government. The ceremony was witnessed by the Prime Minister of India, His Excellency Mr. Narendra Damodardas Modi and Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak.
Following interest by PM Modi on Malaysia's performance management methodology, discussions began between PEMANDU and the Indian Government on potential collaboration. Both parties felt the best way to proceed to allow for direct engagement between PEMANDU and the Ministries of the Indian Government on both Central and State levels was to initiate the MoU.
PEMANDU CEO Dato’ Sri Idris Jala said: “The memorandum will allow PEMANDU and the Indian Government to closely work as partners in rolling out impactful and meaningful public sector initiatives in the country.”
Both parties will be promoting technical co-operation using the Big Fast Results (BFR™) Methodology developed by PEMANDU to build, implement and monitor government programmes and strategic developmental plans.
India's High Commisioner to Malaysia Mr. TS Tirumurti said: "With Prime Minister Modi's emphasis on speeding up implementation in India, this is a significant milestone in India-Malaysia relations. Keeping in view Malaysia's National Transformation Programme, PEMANDU has a good track record in the setting up and implementation of monitoring systems, which we can emulate and benefit from. I am confident that all the States of India will also benefit from this agreement."
PEMANDU Director, Mr. Ravindran Devagunam said: "From a G-to-G exchange perspective, this signing is indeed timely. It may well be followed with a formal agreement between the Andhra Pradesh State Government and PEMANDU via NITI AAYOG, as the first Indian State Government to work with PEMANDU. A Letter of Intention has already been given to PEMANDU on this and negotiations are expected to proceed swiftly following the signing of the MoU".