The President’s Office and the Chairman of the Revolutionary Council (POCRC) is one among sixteen Ministries established in the Seventh Phase of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar. The Office plays a central role that lies in overseeing development programmes and activities aiming at reduction and ultimately alleviation of poverty among Zanzibari’s as well as strengthening Good Governance and Human Rights
Under the Seventh Phase of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, The President’s Office and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council has made major strides in the restructuring of its departments whereby new departments have been established while others have been merged. In August 2013, once again the President’s Office and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council was restructured where portfolio on Coordination of the Regional Administration and the Local Government Authorities, Zanzibar Identity Cards and the Registration Office and the Special Department were moved to the President’s Office Regional Administration and Special Departments of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar. While, issues related to Good Governance and Planning were moved to this Office. Therefore, additional mandates and responsibilities for the President’s Office and the Chairman of the Revolutionary Council have been set to deal with the Good Governance and Economic Planning. As a result, the following institutions are moved under the portfolio of President’s Office State House and Good Governance:-
i) Planning Commission;
ii) Zanzibar Anti- Corruption and Economic Crime Authority;
iii) Office of Controller and Auditor General Zanzibar; and
iv) Department of Good Governance.
The new structure was put in place with the view to improving efficiency and supervision of the Government related activities in order to achieve the development objectives of the country in terms of good governance and provision of quality and efficient service delivery that will enable the creation of conducive environment for wealth creation at both individual and national levels at large.
Based on the new structure, the responsibilities of PO - CRC have been increased where issues that are related to Good Governance, modern working tools and staff capacity have been accorded a higher priority. In light of this argument, the medium plan has been prepared, taking the account of all the above points and at the same time taking the role of mainstreaming the image of the President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council.
The current organization structure of the President’s Office and Chairman of Revolutionary Council is composed of the following Departments and Offices.
i) The Private Office;
ii) The Office of Revolutionary Council;
iii) The Department of Planning, Policy and Research;
iv) The Department of Administration and Human Resource;
v) The Department of Communication – State House;
vi) The Government Security Office;
vii) The Department of Good Governance;
viii) The Department of International Cooperation and Coordination of Zanzibar Diaspora;
ix) The Zanzibar Anti Corruption and Economic Authority;
x) The Office of Chief Government Statistician;
xi) The Department of Economic Management;
xii) The Department of National Planning, Sectoral Development and Poverty Reduction;
xiii) The Department of Human Resource Development Plan;
xiv) The Office of Controller and Auditor General Zanzibar; and
xv) The Office of Officer –In- Charge in Pemba.
The President’s Office and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council has been mandated to perform the following core functions as enumerated hereunder:-
i). To supervise the general administration of Ministry;
ii). To develop and supervise implementation of relevant sector policies and plans;
iii). To supervise the management and development of human resources in the Ministry;
iv). To supervise the Presidential affairs;
v). To supervise cabinet affairs;
vi). To coordinate Regional and International Cooperation, International Relations and Zanzibar Diaspora issues;
vii). To supervise the Government Security Office;
viii). To supervise the Office of Controller and Auditor General;
ix). To supervise and promote Good Governance (Leader`s ethics, Anti-corruption, Human Rights, Receiving public complains and acting accordingly;
x). To coordinate and supervise the implementation of the Vision 2020, MKUZA and attainment of the Millennium Development Goals;
xi). To supervise economic management and development of the Country;
xii). To supervise poverty reduction programme;
xiii). To supervise general population issues; and
xiv). To supervise general statistics including population statistics.