Gover of NA

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of rec­om­men­da­tions from the Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice (NAO) in the civil ser­vice reached 80 per cent, marginally ex­ceed­ing the 78 per cent mark of both pre­vi­ous years, the NAO’s An­nual Re­port for 2016 has found.

The rec­om­men­da­tions that were due in 2017 from the pre­vi­ous year have now all been im­ple­mented, apart from a few jus­ti­fi­able ex­cep­tions.

Defin­ing the pub­li­ca­tion as an im­por­tant link in the chain of ini­tia­tives within pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion, Prin­ci­pal Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Cu­ta­jar said that the civil ser­vice had set it­self chal­leng­ing tar­gets to de­liver ef­fec­tive gover­nance. How­ever, he did note that ‘cus­toms die hard’.

This is so for a few pub­lic em­ploy­ees, who, though ex­pected to im­ple­ment the nec­es­sary changes fol­low­ing au­dit rec­om­men­da­tions, do not have the mo­ti­va­tion and drive to change for the bet­ter,” Cu­ta­jar said.

The del­e­ga­tion of au­thor­ity and the de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion of a num­ber of func­tions to min­istries, par­tic­u­larly in the ar­eas of peo­ple man­age­ment and re­sources, has also been im­ple­mented in or­der to en­sure bet­ter ac­count­abil­ity, he said.

The digi­ti­sa­tion of the pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion has also as­sisted with im­prov­ing ef­fi­ciency.

Cu­ta­jar also noted that sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment was also be­ing made in var­i­ous sec­tors to trans­form pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion into a more dy­namic, client-cen­tric sys­tem.

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