There are over 20 distinct ministries that serve the people of Mozambique. The President of Mozambique has the power to create ministries and ministerial commissions, as specified by the country’s constitution. The prime minister advises the president on the creation of ministries and ministerial commissions, and on the appointment of members of the government. The prime minister also coordinates and controls the activities of ministries and other government institutions. The elected government forms the Council of Ministers, which directs and coordinates the activities of the ministries, and reports to the president. The highest ranking civil servant in each ministry is the permanent secretary.