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New Management Team for Public Sector Reform

Published: Thursday December 26, 2013 | 12:41 pm Comments 0
Dr Peter Phillips - File
Dr Peter Phillips - File

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has revealed that a new management team is to be appointed as the administration seeks to accelerate the reform of the public sector.

Concerns have been raised that the implementation of recommendations has stalled, especially since the Public Sector Transformation Unit (PSTU) is without a permanent head.

Veteran civil servant Patricia Sinclair McCalla retired from the PSTU earlier this year and former Permanent Secretary in the National Security Minister, Dr Ann Marie Barnes, had been transferred to the Unit but resigned before taking up the position.

Responding to criticism from opposition members in Parliament on Tuesday, Phillips stressed that modernising the civil service remains a priority of the Administration.

Phillips disclosed that a new leadership to drive the reform should be in place by at least the second week of January, next year.

He further said a programme of work will be set out adding that in the first phase emphasis will be given to initiatives surrounding ease of doing business.

The government has committed to key reforms under its loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

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