IGRTC is, mandated with the role of ensuring seamless relations between the two levels of Government under the Intergovernmental Relations Act of 2012.
As part of strengthening its work and engagement with its stakeholders, IGRTC Members are currently reviewing the strategic plan 2015 – 2020 as they embark on developing the second strategic plan, 2021 – 2025, that will guide: the Mandate, the operations, and the activities of IGRTC undertaking Intergovernmental relations and responsibilities.
In his opening remarks, the Acting Chair noted that strategic planning is; a key pillar in the overall organizational growth.
He further emphasized the need to remind ourselves that Strategic Planning is a Commitment by an organization to chart and follow paths of development by implementing several chosen objectives through series of structured activities, hence the importance of a properly-crafted Strategic plan.
The provisions of Section 13 (1) of the Intergovernmental Relations Act 2012 empowers IGRTC to form sectoral committees, or working groups, to facilitate better working, thus, it effectively, efficiently, and competently strengthen IGRTC. “We need to review Thematic Areas, incorporate and integrate them to the broad thinking of COG Sectoral Committees, as well as those established by Cabinet Secretary; since IGRTC serves both the National and County Governments through COG on Intergovernmental Relations.” Said aid Ag Chair during Naivasha workshop
In his presentation, the CEO of IGRTC took the team through; Interpretation of the IGRTC mandate, its administration, proposed thematic areas, Monitoring, and Evaluation.
The proposed thematic areas to replace the old ones include:
1) Consultation, Coordination, and sectoral Forums to be chaired by a member.
2) Summit and other Intergovernmental Institutions to be chaired by a member.
3) Assets, Liabilities, and Transfer of records to be chaired by a member
4) Functional Analysis, Costing, and Transfer of functions, to be chaired by a member.
5) Alternative Dispute Resolution to be chaired by a member
6) Policy, and Legislation, to be chaired by a member.
Others suggested for restructuring under the IGRTC Institutional Administrative Sub-committees include:
1) Finance Administration and Resource Mobilisation, to be chaired by a member
2) Audit and Risk Management to be chaired by a member
3) Human Resource and Training to be chaired by a member
4) Budget Implementation to be chaired by the Accounting Officer (CFO)
The Monitoring and Evaluation unit is an independent area that directly reports to the CEO.
During the official opening of the workshop, the Ag. Mr. John Burugu emphasized the need for the institutional policy review; in the 2021-2 022 Strategic Plan to strengthen IGRTC and work towards the acquisition of ISO certification.
“IGRTC should embark on the ISO Certification process like other organizations. The biggest benefit of ISO Certification is that IGRTC, as an organization, would have evaluated and standardized processes. Management on this count would have to work extra hard. It is possible, and Members will support you throughout the training and processes.” Ag. Chairperson assured the team.
Present during the workshop were: Acting Chairman Mr. John Burugu, Hon. Alfred Khang’ati, Dr. Perminus Ndimitu, Mrs. Angeline Hongo, Mr. Loilson Ole Pere, Mrs.Saadia Abdi Kontoma, Mrs. Alice Moyaka, Mrs. Linet Mavu, CEO, Mr. Peter Leley, and the technical team.
The strategic plan will serve IGRTC as it transforms into a commission.