Skills of Public officers enhanced through Government Initiatives

Efforts to modernize Dominica’s public sector services continue with sustained efforts by Government to transform the island’s human resource within state institutions.

Employment Minister Hon. Dr. John Colin McIntyre said this has been done through training and development and managing effectively, utilizing the skills, knowledge and abilities of public officers.

Hon. McIntrye made the observation during the Public Service Awards and Recognition Ceremony held at the Arawak House of Culture on Friday December 07, 2012.

The Minister during his address assured public officers that Government will continue to look after their interest.

“Public Officers I wish to affirm Government’s commitment to you. It is not always possible to provide you with all the resources needed  but be assured that every effort to consider and agree on the best possible solution taking into consideration the global socio economic challenges that are impacting small developing countries like ours is being taken into account” the Minister assured.

The Minister continued by saying that current economic factors erode Government’s ability to meet all expectations of public officers in the time and manner requested.

“However we continue to value your talents interests and contributions because you are part of Dominica’s economic resource. No country progresses without a competent, innovative and trained flexible workforce. Once again that is why we celebrate Public service day to capitalize on the fact that motivating and rewarding of the employees of the state can take many different forms,” he added.

The Minister disclosed that the establishment of the Public Service Training Centre (P.S.T.C) a few years ago is one of several initiatives adopted by Government geared at enhancing the capacities of public officers.

Hon. McIntyre explained  that “Efforts towards augmenting the human resource skills of public officers include the establishment of the Public Service Training Centre in 1993 with the mandate to train equip and augment the knowledge, skills and attitudes of public officers to facilitate improved productivity, efficiency and innovativeness in service delivery.

He said “The offering of in-service programmes provides knowledge and skills to support implementation of current reform initiatives and addresses human resource gaps.”

The Government of Dominica in recent years has been engaged in a number of programmes aimed at transforming, modernizing and positively changing the public service.

Hon. McIntyre made reference to the establishment of the Reform Management Unit (RMU) which he said was also another major undertaking by government aimed at enhancing the productivity of the island’s public officers.

“In 1999 the Reform Management Unit was established to spearhead reform initiatives and aimed at fashioning an enabling environment for the sustained and integrated political, social and economic development of Dominica. An important component of the reform program is capacity building. These important pre-requisites as outlined in the Medium Term Public Sector Reform Strategy have a ripple effect of achieving fiscal and broader economic stability and a dynamic, accountable and efficient public service”.

He said “In 2009 the ICT Unit was introduced to coordinate work for the provision of technological platform needed to facilitate public sector transformation and modernization”.

“The Unit is also responsible for ICT training for the public service” he added.

Minister McIntyre is of the view that this thrust in human resource development serves to increase the morale and motivation of public officers which are necessary to achieve greater levels of productivity and functional effectiveness.

“It has been said that the caliber of the Public sector will determine the character and effectiveness of Government’s administrative and governance systems” he concluded.

The value of public officers to national development was recognized when the public service recognized close to one hundred public officers at this year’s awards and recognition ceremony.