Spencer prom­ises ‘full state­ment’ on pub­lic-sec­tor trans­for­ma­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Christo­pher Serju Gleaner Writer

Char­maine An­gela Wyn­ter is pre­sented with her long ser­vice award by Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness dur­ing the Ja­maica Civil Ser­vice Long Ser­vice Awards Cer­e­mony at King’s House in St An­drew yes­ter­day.

RUDYARD SPENCER, state min­is­ter in the Min­istry of Fi­nance and the Pub­lic Ser­vice, on Wed­nes­day promised that come next week he will make a dis­clo­sure on the progress of the pub­lic-sec­tor trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme.

“What I can tell you is that we are far down the road and next week I’ll have a full state­ment,” Spencer told The Gleaner after the long ser­vice awards cer­e­mony for civil ser­vants on the lawns of King’s House.

More than 500 mem­bers of the Ja­maica civil ser­vice were recog­nised for 25 years and more of ser­vice to the pub­lic.

Spencer’s com­ments came after Mon­day’s an­nounce­ment by Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness of the Pub­lic Sec­tor Trans­for­ma­tion Over­sight Com­mit­tee (P-STOC), which will be re­spon­si­ble for mon­i­tor­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pub­lic-sec­tor trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme and so­cial­pro­tec­tion tar­gets as set out in the Mem­o­ran­dum of Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Poli­cies (MEFP) agreed with the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund.

The P-STOC will be cochaired by pres­i­dent of the Hugh Law­son Trade Union Ed­u­ca­tion In­sti­tute, Danny Roberts, and Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Am­bas­sador Dou­glas Saun­ders.

The prime min­is­ter said Saun­ders has been asked to cochair, in his ca­pac­ity as head of the pub­lic ser­vice, to en­sure that the rights and in­ter­ests of pub­lic-sec­tor work­ers are pro­tected in the trans­for­ma­tion process.

TRANS­FOR­MA­TION PROCESS

Roberts told The Gleaner on Mon­day that P-STOC has the task of mon­i­tor­ing the public­sec­tor trans­for­ma­tion process and to en­sure that the time­lines set in the IMF agree­ment are met.

He said much of the com­mit­tee’s work would be sup­ported by a sec­re­tariat, not­ing that “what we need to en­sure is that we are on top of the work to find out what­ever dif­fi­cul­ties or chal­lenges that there may be, and to try and use our best in­flu­ences to en­sure that those are cleared”.

He also re­minded the gath­er­ing that the Eco­nomic Growth Coun­cil would mon­i­tor the im­ple­men­ta­tion of growth poli­cies and out­comes as set out in the MEFP agreed with the IMF.

Mean­while, Ivette Fer­gu­son of the So­cial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion is the 2016 Civil Ser­vant of the Year.

“I feel re­ally elated to be cho­sen after work­ing for 34 years. All my life I have been do­ing com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment. When I look at some of the com­mu­nity groups, where they are now, I feel ful­filled be­cause they are ac­tu­ally on their own, im­ple­ment­ing projects that make them em­ploy­able to earn. So, I feel re­ally elated and ful­filled to­day,” she told The Gleaner.

GLADSTONE TAY­LOR/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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