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  • The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has launched its Records Management Competition 2014, under the theme ‘Keep or Toss’.
  • A comprehensive records management programme can enable an organisation to fulfill its mission and contribute to nation-building.
  • Mr. Kellier said efficient and effective information management will contribute to sound policy planning and implementation.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has launched its Records Management Competition 2014, under the theme ‘Keep or Toss’.

The contest, which is open to MLSS records staff in all 14 parishes, is meant as an incentive to officers, while highlighting their significant role in maintaining efficient and effective records and information management in the Ministry.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, while speaking at Wednesday’s (December 18) launch, highlighted the importance of a comprehensive records management programme, pointing out that it can enable an organisation to fulfill its mission and contribute to nation-building, while saving in terms of finance and human resources.

“This is particularly crucial to our Ministry, given our multi-faceted role in job facilitation; human capital development, promoting and maintaining industrial harmony; and providing a Social Safety Network for vulnerable and needy citizens,” he stated.

Mr. Kellier said efficient and effective information management will contribute to sound policy planning and implementation, also noting that the process is critical to the successful implementation of the Public Sector Modernization Programme to which the Ministry is committed.

Meanwhile, Registrar, Documentation, Information and Access Services Unit (DIAS), in the Ministry, Winston Walker, said the competition is expected to boost awareness among record officers about the information they come in contact with, as well as sharpen their consciousness about what to keep and store or toss and lose.

He said this awareness will become more important as they confront the new challenges brought on by evolving communications methods and social media networks.

Records Manager, University of the West Indies, Sonia Black, in her keynote address, took the records officers through the ABCs of records management, noting that this is fundamental in keeping efficient and effective information.

She pointed out that the first rule of records keeping is to develop an awareness of what is to be kept as opposed to what should be tossed, and the wisdom to know the difference.