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Regional body to adopt job description proposal for government ministers

Published:Tuesday | July 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

An institution of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has engaged the University of the West Indies campuses at Cave Hill in Barbados and St Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, to develop a programme geared towards training ministers of government across the region to achieve "ministerial excellence".

Executive director of the Caribbean Centre for Develop-ment Administration (CARICAD), Devon Rowe, has disclosed that his organisation signed a memorandum of understanding with both campuses to craft a programme that can be meaningful to ministers in various jurisdictions of CARICOM.

 

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"Having been a permanent secretary in the past and a financial secretary in Jamaica, we recognise that ministers are faced with complex decisions to be made from time to time, and we owe it to them to ensure that when they act, they act not only decisively, but with the full context always in mind."

Asked whether CARICAD would adopt a suggestion from Prime Minister Andrew Holness to frame job descriptions for ministers of government, Rowe said that it would be a useful addition to the arsenal of tools that the regional body is currently developing.

The CARICOM technocrat said that he was looking forward to the job descriptions proposed by Holness.

"In the end, whether we have written job descriptions or not, the people will determine performance," he argued.

Arising from the Petrojam scandal and subsequent calls for the sacking of Cabinet Minister Andrew Wheatley, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) has urged the prime minister to fulfil his election pledge to provide job descriptions to ministers of his Cabinet.

President of the PSOJ, Howard Mitchell, told RJR that a timeline should be given for the implementation of job descriptions for ministers of government.

Established in 1980, CARICAD has a mandate to improve the administrative capabilities of the public sector across CARICOM states so that they are more capable of driving economic and social transformation.

edmond.campbell@gleanerjm.com