The Institute of Development Management Board of Governors met in Eswatini on August 28-30, 2019 under the new leadership of its Regional Board Chairperson, Naledi Mosalakatane who is also Botswana’s Director of Public Service Management in the Presidency. High on the agenda was the strengthening of diplomatic relations and collaborations between the three member states of the tripartite operation, being Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.
Mosalakatane has been praised for building a high performance culture in the Institute through the introduction and coordination of performance management, change management and quality management interventions. Mosalakatane was instrumental in building strategic alliances and partnerships with organisations of high repute both at home and abroad.
IDM’s transformation journey is looking towards aligning with global trends, which requires the adoption of high technology and forward-thinking as dictated by the fourth Industrial Revolution which has not spared any part of society.
IDM Regional Director Richard Malikongwa says institutions of higher learning find themselves having to deal with this exciting challenge of creating the right learner experience as well as developing the workforce and equipping them for the 4IR.
“Education programmes of the present and the future shall boast a curriculum where learning takes place both inside the classroom and out in today’s more interoperable and interconnected industry. The aim is to develop skills for today’s and the future industry, some of these skills include machine learning, entrepreneurship and data analytics,” he explained.
Malikongwa revealed how IDM is excited by the challenges ahead due to the 4th Industrial Revolution, saying they are operating in an era of accelerated technological advancement.
He said: “Our industry is at the heart of the 4IR. We are tasked with providing an educated and skilled workforce to an industry that is going through an unprecedented rapid change. IDM will draw from the vast experience of our Board and contextualise to the current new industry order.”