KINGSTON — Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, will inform the nation next week about the Government’s intentions regarding the rationalisation of the public sector.
Responding to questions at on May 4 post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said that Mr. Golding will outline the details during his contribution to the Budget Debate scheduled for next Tuesday (May 10).
“With the 2011/2012 budget, the PSTU (Public Sector Transformation Unit) and (its) recommendations are a critical part of the plank of 2011/2012 in terms of the reform of Government, so I expect the Prime Minister to deal with that as a significant part of his budget presentation. I think the time has finally come where we will know and get a clear indication as to the direction of the Government in terms of those decisions,” Mr. Vaz said.
Recently, Mr. Vaz announced that Cabinet has signaled its intention to accept the majority of the recommendations on the restructuring of the public sector contained in the master rationalisation plan.
The move follows a detailed review of proposed changes to the respective ministries, departments and agencies under the plan.
The Public Sector Master Rationalisation Plan was tabled as a Green Paper in the House of Representatives by Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding on July 20, 2010, to invite public comment.
Since then, a number of organisations, public and private sector institutions, as well as individuals, have submitted their recommendations and comments to the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC), a Sub-Committee of Parliament.
As part of the process of engagement, the Public Sector Transformation Unit (PSTU) met six times with the PAAC to hear the submissions and to have the opportunity to respond to the recommendations and comments presented.
By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter