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  • The appointment takes effect January 13, 2014.
  • The appointment will be accompanied by the amalgamation of the Public Sector Modernisation Division (PSMD) and the Public Sector Transformation Unit (PSTU).
  • The Consultative Monitoring Group (CMG) will be replaced by a new body, the Public Sector Transformation Committee (PSTC).

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has announced the appointment of Mrs. Veniece Pottinger-Scott to the position of Director General, Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation (PSTM) in the Office of the Cabinet.

The appointment, which takes effect January 13, 2014, will be accompanied by the amalgamation of the Public Sector Modernisation Division (PSMD) and the Public Sector Transformation Unit (PSTU) under the purview of the Director General.

At the same time, the Consultative Monitoring Group (CMG), chaired by banker Mr. Peter Moses, and which was established to provide oversight to the work of the PSTU in its task of developing the proposals toward the Master Rationalisation Plan (MRP), will be replaced by a new body, the Public Sector Transformation Committee (PSTC). The PSTC, which will be mandated to finalize and drive the revised MRP, will report to the Cabinet’s Committee on Public Sector Transformation. The membership of the PSTC will be announced shortly.

Mrs. Pottinger-Scott previously served as Assistant Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium, (2005 – 2010), and as Deputy President, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), prior to joining the ACP Secretariat in 2005. She also held a number of other senior positions at JAMPRO between 1985 and 2004.

Her academic qualifications include Masters degrees in Business Administration and Economics, and BA (Hons.), all from the University of the West Indies.

The appointment of a Director General, PSTM, along with the organizational changes indicated, is a reflection of the determination of the Government to move forward the important task of public sector transformation and renewal.