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Contact: Rose Marie Harris


Monday, 22 June 2009 –  A call has been sounded for civil servants to do much more in an effort to renew their commitment to serving the public.


In an address to mark June 23 as Public Service  Day and with the guidance of the theme:

“Developing an Efficient Public Service : My Responsibility, Your Responsibility” the island’s Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, herself a career civil servant,  believes now is  an opportune time, on the occasion of  Public Service Day, to renew the call for an updated and modern Civil Service Code for Saint Lucia to which all civil servants would subscribe, and which would provide common guidelines for all to follow. 


“To develop an efficient public service, we need to build a strong central capacity for formulating and coordinating policy.  This capacity has been described as the brains of the system, for while the executive sets goals, it is you, the members of the public service, that must translate them into strategies if they are to materialize.  We need to develop effective delivery systems, but these will call for your loyalty and your compliance with established rules.”


Her Excellency believes that motivated and competent staff to manage the affairs of the public sector results in more effective and productive service.   “It has been recognized that able and dedicated staff inject energy into the public sector, while uncommitted staff stifle it.  Our responsibility therefore—yours, the executive’s and the public’s—is to work on putting mechanisms in place that will motivate you to perform well—mechanisms such as merit-based recruitment and promotion, adequate compensation, and the nurturing of a strong esprit de corps which would give you a sense of purpose and belonging, and which would impose the self-discipline that would guide you to achieving your ministry’s or department’s goals and objectives. 


Contact numbers for more information on “Public Service Day”


Harold Dalsou – Permanent Secretary – Ministry of the Public Service – (758) 285-6568

Daune Louisy – Deputy Permanent Secretary – (758) 285-2810

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