The Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment yesterday signed annual performance agreements (APAs) with its four departments to quarterly assess their performance and take necessary steps accordingly.
Minister Nurul Islam, however, did not elaborate how the assessment would be conducted and what kinds would be taken if any department fails to achieve targets.
He was talking to journalists after signing the APAs with chiefs of the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET), Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Limited (BOESL), Wage Earners' Welfare Board and Probashi Kalyan Bank in the capital's Probashi Kalyan Bhaban.
Addressing the signing ceremony as chief guest, he laid emphasis on increasing work pace and taking constructive measures accordingly.
The move comes in line with the government's recent emphasis on promoting a performance-based work culture and improved governance.
After Government Performance Management System (GPMS) was introduced in the second half of the 2014-15 financial year, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) took it up by signing APAs for 2015-16 with six of its subordinate departments.
On September 20, secretaries of all the 48 ministries and divisions signed APAs with the Cabinet Division for the 2015-2016 fiscal at the PMO and presented copies to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Among ministries, that of the women and children affairs was the first to sign APAs with all subordinate departments on September 21.
Expatriates' Welfare Secretary Khandker Md Iftekhar Haider, BMET Director General Begum Shamsun Nahar, BOESL Managing Director Abdul Hannan and Probashi Kalyan Bank Managing Director Md Mosharraf Hossain Chowdhury were present yesterday.