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  • The Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe, states for the record that, "under the current Heads of Agreement signed this year for the 2015/17 Contract period, there are no planned job cuts."
  • The measures that are under consideration, include management of vacant positions, voluntary retirement and voluntary separation.
  • The Government's commitment to modernise the public sector, will redound in a more efficient civil service which will better serve the needs of the citizens.

The Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe, states for the record that, “under the current Heads of Agreement signed this year for the 2015/17 Contract period, there are no planned job cuts. The measures that are under consideration, include management of vacant positions, voluntary retirement and voluntary separation.”

In addition, Rowe says, “reform measures which include technology-aided processes are underway as part of the public sector transformation and modernisation programme. The public has already begun to benefit from several reforms and modernisation programmes such as, the Revenue Administration Integrated System (RAiS), Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) and a Central Treasury Management System (CTMS), and importantly the modernisation of the Accountant General’s Department.”

The Government’s commitment to modernise the public sector, will redound in a more efficient civil service which will better serve the needs of the citizens, and enable the private sector as an engine of growth.

Rowe goes on record as saying that, “the recently concluded wage agreements are part of a broader strategy of public sector reform and are designed to enhance the delivery of public services which are integral to the success of the overall goals of the Economic Reform Programme.” In addition, he reinforced, “the Unions will continue to be involved in the discussions.”

The Ministry of Finance and Planning remains steadfast in its management of the revenues and expenditures of Jamaica with prudence and transparency, and will continue to play its part in the achievement of the targets established under the International Monetary Fund Agreement.