3 October, 2023


A Strategic Management System For Sri Lanka’s Governance!

By Lionel Bopage

This refers to the weekly Cabinet news briefing by Sri Lanka’s Joint Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne. In his briefing, reference has been made to certain Ministers sabotaging the anti-corruption drive, inefficiency and treachery etc. Please listen to the interview below:

This government has now been in power for about 18 months. However, it does not appear to have developed any strategic measures to handle or manage this pathetic situation! The government’s rhetoric alone does not help. The President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and some others have been to many talk shops and tours both locally and globally, but any strategic movement towards successful outcomes are yet to be seen by anybody.

A suggestion would be to, with professional help, develop a monthly updatable, simple Cabinet Scorecard for Sri Lanka. Though this is an old management tool, originally defined by Kaplan & Norton in the early 1990s, nowadays it has been developed and used by many agencies in the private sector, public sector and the not for profit sector and in many countries of the world! Originally, this tool was used only to measure financial performance, but in its modern format, it encourages people satisfaction measures; government business improvement measures and new measures needed for learning and growth, in addition to a few relevant high-level financial measures.

An updated Scoreboard would assist each Minister in running an efficient ministry. As updates will be made available for public scrutiny, such a tool, despite its deficiencies, will become useful and serve to motivate, implement and monitor progress each ministerial portfolio has achieved. This will help the people, President, the Prime Minister and others to keep track of what happens in the country as a whole, and will serve as a strategic management system to implement strategy at all levels of the government.

If the government continues to fail in its commitment of fulfilling its election commitments to the people of Sri Lanka, then it is time for civil society advocacy groups to develop such scorecards for each ministry. Such an exercise will undoubtedly serve as an educative tool for such groups to endorse or disendorse certain candidates based on their efficiency and performance. It will also help the ordinary Sri Lankans in their election decision-making process.

Without a strategy monitoring mechanism, it will remain the same; one of the most lethargic and inefficient governments in the world. Another round of frustration and disenchantment is not allowable at this crucial moment!

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  • 6

    Good idea. Simple devices often help. Everyone gets geared to

  • 0

    Capitalism is born with corruptions. The ex-JVP leaders did not understand simple facts of Capitalism.

    We are confident that UNP, JVP TNA and section of SLFP will do not duty for the party and people of whole Sri Lankan by they are working with US and Indian vital interest ,not that interest of democracy.

    Majority of UNP leaders JVP and TNA are by preserving power for US of Indian and they are rendering the best the most power support to
    Neo-colonialist politics in Sri lanka.

    They are politically corrupted . Today at this moment the slogan anti- corruption has been proved under UNP new regime obviously empty phrase.

    Well that attracts left-wing anarchist ,who are repeat the argument and served for the Right wing UNP’s politics.

  • 0

    Put that to your brother who always gets his foot in his mouth.

    When will Rajitha & his (07) Ocean going vessels be brought before the Court.Was he born with 07 silver vessels?
    Last time he was summoned, he ended up at Mount Elizabeth. next time wonder where?

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  • 4

    We just need 5 good ministers and 5 good secretaries to run this country with a few good administrators to run the key institutions.

    The rest of the ministers and secretaries can be paid and asked to stay at home.

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