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  • Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) President, Christopher Zacca, has praised the nation’s civil servants for their tremendous sacrifices and sterling contribution to national development.
  • The PSOJ President said the tireless work of civil servants is among the reasons the country recorded growth in the last several quarters and has seen stabilisation of the economy. This, he said, despite “the wage restraints, freezes and other sacrifices that you have bravely endured over the years.
  • Despite the challenges, the PSOJ Head urged civil servants to “do everything in your power to transform the public service form a regulating and controlling service, to one that is truly facilitative to all of your stakeholders”.

Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) President, Christopher Zacca, has praised the nation’s civil servants for their tremendous sacrifices and sterling contribution to national development.

“Civil servants, are in my opinion, the glue that is holding the country together…I know that this is not said enough as many times, people in the private sector focus on complaints about bureaucracy and etcetera, but I can tell you from my heart that we in the private sector wish to thank you profusely for all that you have done and continue to do,” he said.

He was speaking at the official launch of Civil Service Week 2014 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on Friday, November 14.

The PSOJ President said the tireless work of civil servants is among the reasons the country recorded growth in the last several quarters and has seen stabilisation of the economy. This, he said, despite “the wage restraints, freezes and other sacrifices that you have bravely endured over the years.”

“By your sacrifices, you’ve shown that you are true members of team Jamaica, who have the country’s best interest at heart,” he said.

Mr. Zacca noted that his stint in the public service as special advisor to former Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, allowed him the opportunity to contribute significantly to the development of the country.

“It is something that I would do again and also recommend to my fellow private sector colleagues as sometimes we speak about the public sector without having actually experienced it firsthand,” he said.

Mr. Zacca noted that from experience, he learnt that it is “incredibly difficult to work in the public sector”.

Despite the challenges, the PSOJ Head urged civil servants to “do everything in your power to transform the public service form a regulating and controlling service, to one that is truly facilitative to all of your stakeholders”.

Mr. Zacca welcomed Civil Service Week, which, through scheduled activities, will highlight the work of civil servants, noting that it is “great to know that these persons will be publicly and formally recognised”.

“With all the misconceptions that abound with public servants, it is good to have on show, those of you who are working hard and doing their best under difficult circumstances to carry out your duties. The public needs to see more of these shining examples,” he said.

He also praised outgoing Civil Servant of the Year for 2013, Director of Production at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Enthrose Campbell, on her tremendous year of service, noting that “you’ve really done us proud”.

Reflecting on her reign, Miss Campbell said it was a “delightful 12 months” and that the experience gave her an opportunity to serve her fellow Jamaicans “in a way that I would not have been able to without the designation of Civil Servant of the Year”.

“I can say that I have a greater appreciation now of the civil service and I’m even more proud to be a civil servant,” she said, while thanking the JIS for selecting her to represent the agency and the Selection Committee for having chosen her to represent the civil service.

In her video presentation, Miss Campbell charged the civil servant for 2014 to use the award to “impact as many lives as you can”, while urging him to be a good example and choose a project “that is near and dear to your heart and in that way, you will be able to work on it with all your ability”.

She further urged departments and agencies who nominated the civil servants, to support them. “They’re going to need your help…so please give them all the support like JIS (gave me),” she said.

Senior Customs Officer at the Jamaica Customs Agency, Sean Barrow, was chosen as the Civil Servant of the Year 2014, from a field of seven nominees.

First runner-up is Information Technology Manager at the Companies Office of Jamaica, Michael Fowler; while the second runner-up is Evan Thompson, Head of the Weather Branch of the Meteorological Service Division of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change.

The other nominees were: Director of Corporate Planning in the Ministry of National Security,  Sandra O’Meally; Director of Housing Policy in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing,  Paula Parkes; Deputy Trustee in Bankruptcy at the Office of the Trustee In Bankruptcy,  Fayola Evans Roberts; and Manager of Communications and Customer Service at the National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw.

Civil Service Week is being observed from November 16 to 21 under the theme: ‘Public Sector Advancement though Partnership and Collaboration’.

One of the highlights of the week will be the Jamaica Civil Service Long Service Awards. Activities will also include a sensitisation tour; exposition and concert; after work lyme; as well as in house activities in the various ministries, departments and agencies.

 

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