New office to oversee Haj-related activities
The Haj Ministry has approved a new management office aimed at monitoring Haj-related programs and arrangements more effectively.
The “strategic initiative management office” (SIMO) was approved on Sunday.
Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar stressed the importance of promoting teamwork, cooperation, partnership and healthy competition in improving service quality among pilgrims.
SIMO will act as the ministry’s epicenter, classifying and prioritizing proposed projects and initiatives while converting them into implementable projects and ensuring that they are aligned with the ministry’s overall strategy.
SIMO will assist Haj Ministry departments in implementing initiatives, projects and studies, in addition to providing the ministry with qualified project managers.
The office will develop a set of templates, forms and reports that will be used to organize and activate initiatives in every Haj-related department.
SIMO officials will work with Haj undersecretaries and departments to develop a criteria for classifying and prioritizing initiatives in accordance with a unified strategy.
The office will oversee the implementation of these initiatives and will follow up with service providers. Office staff will also monitor performance and progress made on initiatives, in addition to providing mitigation plans and recommendations for different issues.
The office will ensure projects are converted from ideas into action plans and will oversee the entire executional phase of these projects.