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  • The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Mission Team to Jamaica has offered to assist the Government in implementing the public sector transformation programme.
  • The public sector reform process is aimed at strengthening the public service and making it more efficient and responsive to the needs of citizens.
  • Meanwhile, he informed that the compensation and salaries review that is underway for the public sector is expected to be completed and submitted to Cabinet by December.

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Mission Team to Jamaica has offered to assist the Government in implementing the public sector transformation programme.

Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, at a meeting with IMF representatives last week said, they expressed an interest in working with the administration to “look at the benchmarks and what can be accelerated and over what timeframe.”

He was addressing a post-Budget media briefing at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston on Friday, May 13.

The IMF Team is in Jamaica conducting reviews of the country’s performance for the December and March quarters of the 2015/16 fiscal year, under the four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF).

The public sector reform process is aimed at strengthening the public service and making it more efficient and responsive to the needs of citizens.

Focus is being placed on enhancing service delivery; improving governance and accountability; managing for results; and improving change management and communication.

Minister Shaw said several measures are being undertaken to move the reform process “on a more rapid scale.”

These include a review of the progress made based on recommendations outlined in the Public Sector Transformation Unit’s (PSTU) report, which was compiled and tabled in Parliament in 2011.

“There were specific recommendations of mergers of certain entities, for others to be actually subsumed back into the work of central government, and there was a programme of planned attrition. In other words, there are certain positions you wouldn’t fill again,” the Minister outlined.

He said the continued existence of some positions in the public sector would have to be justified.

Meanwhile, he informed that the compensation and salaries review that is underway for the public sector is expected to be completed and submitted to Cabinet by December.