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Don't delay public-sector transformation

Published:Wednesday | November 22, 2017 | 12:08 AM


I was pleased to hear the cruel but kind comments International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde made on her recent visit to Jamaica with regard to trimming the public sector as part of the plans for reform to make the State more efficient in its service to the general public.

Lagarde had made it quite clear that the public-sector wage bill was a heavy burden on the country's growth and that by reducing all areas of the public sector, the Government must be held responsible for any savings they make.

Over the years, Jamaica has seen administration after administration throwing money at the public sector, accounting for just salaries alone, with little or no improvement to productivity.

We need reform. I do hope that the present Government listens this time around.