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Human resource management and its effectiveness in local governance, is being given needed attention and focus during the five-day Regional Local Government Consultation and Conference (RLGCC) now underway at the Rose Hall Resort and Country Club in Montego Bay.
The conference, which got underway on May 26, includes training sessions and discussions on a range of related topics and issues under the theme: ‘Enhancing local governance in the Caribbean’.
Representatives from a number of member countries within the region are participating in the conference, which is aimed at formulating a strategic approach to strengthen local governance in the region.
Project Manager in the Local Government Reform Unit, Clive Edwards, in his presentation on May 27, said that human resource management plays a pivotal role and does have positive impact on local government authorities.
“Human resource functions has a direct relation to performance output of the organization and its sustainability . if you agree on this, you will be able to identify the potential for effective human resource management in local government and a positive impact on how it is perceived and sustained,” Mr. Edwards noted.
He further observed that effective human resource management was more than personal record-keeping rather, it was a critical organizational function that anchored the strategic framework, and provided employees with the tools for achieving agreed objectives.
According to Mr. Edwards, there were challenges to effectively carry out the human resource management function in the region.
“My first observation is that in addition to the challenges arising from its public sector characteristics, local government systems in the region are at varying stages of development and are generally in need of significant capacity building. This level of development poses great difficulties in effective management of human resources since local authorities, by and large, are not anchored by a definitive strategic framework which clarifies short, medium and long-term goals and the competencies necessary to achieve these goals,” Mr. Edwards said.
“As we meet this week in taking yet another step towards the formulation of a Regional Policy and Cooperation Framework on Local Government, we have to recognize that the development of a regional local government system requires the emergence of a cadre of skilled, competent practitioners, possessing the abilities and skills to respond to the demands of best practices in local government administration,” the Project Manager stated.