Industry ministry responds to auditor general
The Industry, Investment and Commerce Ministry, has responded to an Auditor General report on its policy monitoring and implementation saying several of the findings are inaccurate, incoherent and misleading.
The auditor general, Pamela Monroe Ellis, had said in her report that as a result of the poor monitoring and evaluation, her office cannot say whether the ministry, is fulfilling its objectives including driving job creation and increasing investments.
However, in a statement last night, the ministry said it is relatively new, having been formed in 2007 by pulling together different areas of government and there have been deficiencies in institutional capacity.
The ministry says it has been successful in developing and implementing several policy initiatives and strategies to drive the country’s growth agenda.
It lists the creation and implementation of the Logistics Hub Initiative, introduction of a one-stop business registration form, implementation of a scrap metal regime and the enactment of the Insolvency Act, among its achievement.
Meanwhile, in her report the auditor general stated that the ministry did not respond to the preliminary findings despite efforts by her team.
However, permanent secretary, Vivian Brown says there was a meeting on November 17 last year at which the ministry discussed the findings with the office of the auditor general and raised objection to some of the findings.
He says the ministry was not able to meet the office’s deadline to forward a written response as it was busy preparing to meet the new earlier deadline for the national budget.
Brown says the preparations for the budget resulted in its 2015/16 to 2017/18 Strategic Business Plan and the 2015/16 Operational Plans being completed and submitted on time for the first time since the formation of the Ministry.
He says they were acknowledged to be of high quality.
Brown also says the ministry has already started to implement some of the recommendations made by the auditor general through its preparation of those plans.
THE GLEANER MINUTE