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  • The Government has received approximately $11.7 million (US$100,000) in grant funding support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to implement the Finance and Planning Ministry’s Change Management Programme, as part of its Transformation Programme.
  • The Change Management Programme aims to enhance and strengthen the Ministry’s capacity to ensure efficiency in its business processes and regulations, and delivery of its services.
  • The Transformation Programme primarily aims to develop the staff’s capacity to embrace, participate in, and implement changes required to achieve the goal of transforming the Ministry into a centre of excellence, to achieve fiscal sustainability and economic growth.

The Government has received approximately $11.7 million (US$100,000) in grant funding support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to implement the Finance and Planning Ministry’s Change Management Programme, as part of its Transformation Programme.

The Change Management Programme aims to enhance and strengthen the Ministry’s capacity to ensure efficiency in its business processes and regulations, and delivery of its services.

Additionally, it seeks to develop the capacity and skills of the Ministry’s staff to support replication of change management strategies across Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

It is one of several initiatives currently underway in the public sector, which is consistent with the Public Sector Transformation Programme.

The Transformation Programme primarily aims to develop the staff’s capacity to embrace, participate in, and implement changes required to achieve the goal of transforming the Ministry into a centre of excellence, to achieve fiscal sustainability and economic growth.

Minister without Portfolio in the Finance and Planning Ministry, Hon. Horace Dalley, and UNDP Country Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Arun Kashyap, on Friday, July 31, signed an agreement formalizing the grant provision, during a brief ceremony at the Ministry offices, in Kingston.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Dalley, who has responsibility for the Public Service, in thanking the UNDP for its support, said the Government remains committed to making the process of doing business in Jamaica, much easier.

 

He cited the protracted length of time it takes for exporters to secure the necessary approvals for shipments, and underscored that this must be reduced.

In this regard, the Minister advised that a stakeholder group involved in the public sector reform process has been asked to determine and recommend, in short order, the interventions necessary to achieve that objective.

Mr. Dalley pointed out that the public sector transformation process is geared towards making the work environment conducive to productivity “with the main focus (being) to support the growth agenda of our country, so everything that we do is changing systems to achieve economic growth.:”

He said another key component of the process is “to give our people better service in every agency of Government and to obtain cost savings …to ensure that we cut down on waste in the public service.”

For his part, Dr. Kashyap said the organization supports the programme because it targets development of human capacity for the long term good of the society, adding that “it is extremely important that we focus on change…and…excellence.”