Human Capital Critical to Viability of Government – Senator Nelson


Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator Dwight Nelson, has emphasised that human resources have an important role to play in laying the foundation for the sustainability of the country’s social and economic development.
“It is a known and documented fact that human capital is the single most important factor in the success and viability of any government.it is the most important factor in the success and viability of any entity, whether it is a company, school, (or) church,” Senator Nelson said.
He was speaking at the official launch of the ‘Human Resource Management for the Public Sector’ training course, at the Old Hope Road headquarters of the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) in Kingston yesterday (Jan. 13).
Senator Nelson noted further that the government recognises that there is a requirement for a workforce that is flexible, responsive and effective in delivering quality service in its various forms, “but it also recognises that there is a requirement for leaders to facilitate the transformation of our public sector human resources into proficient and motivated service deliverers.”
The training programme, being carried out by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, in collaboration with MIND, falls under the third Memorandum of Understanding (MoU III) signed between the government and the unions representing public sector workers.
Senator Nelson noted that this programme and its sequels “will have a far-reaching effect on the country’s drive to develop an efficient, effective, modernised and highly productive public sector.”
He thanked MIND for “answering the call to facilitate this training need,” and commended the institution, for having throughout the years been “transformed into a stellar institute geared towards leadership and management.”
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MIND, Ruby Brown, noted that the dynamics of the macro global environment, requires the most knowledgeable, informed, astute and strategic thinkers, to lead and guide the process towards successful outcomes for a country’s development. “It is therefore MIND’s role and purpose as Jamaica’s public sector training institute to help make this happen. We do this through the delivery of a broad range of management and leadership development interventions, which are all aligned to the top priorities of government and contextualised for the public service.”
She informed that the programme was designed specifically for public sector managers and leaders and human resource practitioners, and focuses on specific areas of human resource management in keeping with MoU III.
The programme will be delivered over the next 18 months to approximately 3,000 public sector workers across Jamaica. One hundred groups of 30 persons will be trained throughout Jamaica, over a two-week period for the next year and a half.
MoU III provides for improved industrial relations practice within the public sector. It also provides for greater recognition of all the statutes, laws, and conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which speaks to a relationship within the public sector of respect, mutual acceptance of the roles of workers, management, and government.

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