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Partnership Council to review four critical areas for economic reform

Wednesday, June 25, 2014    

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NEXT month's meeting of the Partnership Council, which has acknowledged the urgent need for changes in the operations and management of the country's public sector, will focus on the critical areas of energy and public sector efficiency as key contributors to the growth agenda.

That July 1, according to Jamaica House, will review progress on the four critical areas necessary for economic reform, namely fiscal consolidation, energy, ease of doing business and adherence to the rule of law, and will also set targets for the next year.

The council, which is chaired by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and comprises representatives of government, civil society, the private sector and unions, will also examine environmental and employment related issues as critical elements of the growth agenda initiatives, according to a Jamaica House statement.

At its monthly meeting held last week Thursday, Patricia Francis, chair of the Public Sector Transformation Committee, and Veniece Pottinger- Scott, director general, updated the council on the priorities which have been identified with respect to the public sector transformation and modernisation process.

Francis highlighted the internal changes already taking place, as well as upcoming legislative reforms, and the need for investment in management training and technology to achieve greater efficiency and timeliness of deliverables. Divestment of certain services, a review of the use of consultancies and the application of cost-benefit analysis to critical decisions were also discussed and supported by the council.

The Partnership for Jamaica Agreement, under which the council was established, will mark its first anniversary next month.

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