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Workshop on APA, NIS held in Foreign Service Academy

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 22nd January, 2022 08:00:16 PM
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Workshop on APA, NIS held in Foreign Service Academy

A workshop on Annual Performance Agreement (APA) and National Integrity Strategy (NIS) was organised on Saturday.

Held at Foreign Service Academy in Dhaka, the workshop was graced by Khandker Anwarul Islam, Cabinet Secretary as the chief guest and presided over by Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary).

Ambassador Shabbir Ahmad Chowdhury, Secretary (West), Ambassador Mashfee Binte Shams, Secretary (East), and other senior officials of MoFA and Cabinet Division were also present.

The programme was conducted by Mehdi Hasan, Director General (Administration) of MoFA.

In his welcome address, Foreign Secretary talked about the initiatives taken and services provided by his Ministry in 2021, i.e. unified website, digitising the consular services through mygov platform, implementing e-nothi and d-nothi, mofa archives, Government Resource Planning (GRP), Branding Bangladesh etc. He also discussed about Neural Network - a new initiative of MoFA.

Two officers of the rank of joint secretary talked on APA and NIS with presentations. This was followed by a lively interactive question-answer session. The challenges that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs faces to reflect their diplomatic and consular activities properly in APA due to the nature of the work of the Foreign Office and its Missions abroad were discussed precisely and the officers from the cabinet division suggested ways to overcome these challenges.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cabinet division agreed that by having discussions, the challenges can be properly addressed and solved.

The importance of proper documentation and ensuring training on APA for officers were also discussed. 

After a presentation on NIS by Joint Secretary, Cabinet Division, Cabinet Secretary explained the background of formulation of the National Integrity Strategy (NIS) and demonstrated its necessity and significance with some examples. 

The Rector, Foreign Service Academy and Inspector General of Missions, Ambassador Asad Alam Siam expressed his gratitude to the Cabinet Secretary for his presence in this interactive session between MoFA and Cabinet Division.

He concluded his vote of thanks by expressing appreciation for the presence of the Foreign Secretary and the officers.