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  • The Partnership Council has acknowledged the urgent need for changes in the operations and management of the country’s public sector.
  • Priorities have been identified with respect to the public sector transformation and modernization process.
  • The internal changes already taking place, as well as upcoming legislative reforms, and the need for investment in management training and technology to achieve greater efficiency.

The Partnership Council has acknowledged the urgent need for changes in the operations and management of the country’s public sector.

At its monthly meeting held on Thursday, June 19, Mrs. Patricia Francis, Chair of the Public Sector Transformation Committee and Mrs. Veniece Pottinger- Scott, Director General, updated the council on the priorities which have been identified with respect to the public sector transformation and modernization process.

Mrs. Francis highlighted the internal changes already taking place, as well as upcoming legislative reforms, and the need for investment in management training and technology to achieve greater efficiency and timeliness of deliverables. Divestment of certain services, a review of the use of consultancies and the application of cost-benefit analysis to critical decisions were also discussed and supported by the Council.

The Partnership for Jamaica Agreement under which the Council was established will mark its first anniversary next month.

The July meeting of the Council will focus on the critical areas of Energy and Public Sector efficiency as key contributors to the Growth Agenda. That meeting set for July 17, will review progress on the four critical areas necessary for Economic Reform, namely Fiscal Consolidation, Energy, Ease of Doing Business and Adherence to the Rule of Law, and will also set targets for the next year.

The Partnership Council which is chaired by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and comprise representative of government, civil society, the private sector and unions, will also examine environmental and employment related issues as critical elements of the Growth Agenda initiatives.