PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia and India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for co-operation in the performance management, project delivery and monitoring of public programmes at the central and state government levels.
The parties to the MoU were the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) under the Prime Minister’s Department in Malaysia and the National Institution for Transforming India (Niti Aayog).
Singing the memorandum on Monday were Pemandu Executive Officer Datuk Seri Idris Jala and India’s Ministry of External Affairs Secretary Anil Wadhwa on Monday.
It was witnessed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Discussions between Pemandu and the Indian Government on potential collaboration began after Modi expressed interest in Malaysia’s performance management methodology.
“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,” said Idris.
Both parties will be promoting technical co-operation using the Big Fast Results Methodology developed by Pemandu to develop, implement and monitor government programmes and strategic developmental plans.
“With our Prime Minister’s emphasis on speeding up implementation in India, this is a significant milestone in India-Malaysia relations,” said TS Tirumurti, India’s High Commissioner to Malaysia.
“Keeping in view Malaysia’s National Transformation Programme, Pemandu has a good track record in the setting up, implementation of monitoring systems, which we can emulate and benefit from.”
Pemandu director 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.”