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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Friday, March 6, 2009 – As the operations of the public service continue to be brought into sharp focus, Minister for the Public Service and Human Resource Development, Youth and Sports, Honourable Lennard Spider Montoute, has given the assurance that changes are being implemented in the ongoing modernization of the public service.


This he says, includes a strong focus on the introduction of more information and communication technology strategies that will offer internet access to many government services—a move he noted that will redound to the advantage of the general public, particularly for citizens residing in the out districts.


“I think to a great extent with the advent of the ICT Centre, we are going to have a number of government services online. We have just completed a strategic plan for the Public Service and we have outlined for ourselves a number of goals, a number of targets. One of the things we want to do within the next three years is to have 30 percent of government services online. That will make government services more accessible, cheaper and more convenient.”


Minister Montoute also addressed public dissatisfaction with the operations and productivity of employees of the public service.


“I don't make such generalizations like this. There is always good and bad in everything and there are those who need to pull their weight and be more productive, more professional and more efficient. What has to happen now is that a new approach has to be adopted in the Public Service itself, in terms of the way we operate and the way we are structured in terms of ensuring that the performance measurements that are in place are congruent to the targets that are set.”

Minister Montoute was a guest of the National Television Network’s Live call-in programme ‘Nation Beat” recently.

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