Jamaica News: Public-sector workers have been hailed for their contribution to the country’s positive performance in the 2017-2018 Global Competitiveness Report, which shows that Jamaica is ranked 27 out of 140 countries in labour market efficiency.
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, lauded the workers during the media launch of Civil Service Week 2018, held today (November 14) at Jamaica House.
“There is a lot to celebrate. In labour market efficiency, Jamaica appears to be very efficient, as we are ranked 27 out of 140 countries. There is no doubt that the public-sector employees, key to the institution of government, which is the largest employer of labour, played a key role in the improvement of the labour efficiency index and will be critical to our future position,” she said.
The report gives Jamaica an overall ranking of 79 out of 140 countries in Global Competitiveness, falling from 78 last year.
On a scale where one is the best and 140 is the worst-performing economy, the competitiveness report ranks nations based on their institutions, policies and other factors that impact their productivity and global competitiveness.
Pointing to the ongoing Public Sector Transformation Programme, Mrs. Williams reiterated the Government’s commitment to further developing the sector.
“As we evolve, the aim is being the best civil service, producing 21st century solutions that make a real difference in the lives of the Jamaican people we serve. I am proud to say that in many pockets of the civil service, we have already achieved world class, and rank very high among the world’s administrators; yet we know that this is not enough and that we cannot stand still,” she said.
Civil Service Week 2018 is being observed from November 18 to 24 under the theme ‘Committed to Sustainable Growth and Development’.
It will highlight the contribution of civil servants to the achievements under the Economic Reform Programme.
“We are already making fundamental and necessary changes to how we work and improve our organisational structures right across the spectrum by implementing various reforms, including public-sector transformation. This is our moment to forge ahead… . We must go further faster and seize the opportunity to push us on to greater efficiency and effectiveness,” Mrs. Williams said.
Activities for the Week include the inaugural charity walk/run on November 17. Youngsters residing at Sophie’s Place of Safety and St. Anthony’s Children’s Home in St. Andrew are to benefit from the proceeds.
This will be followed by a church service on Sunday (November 18); a Women’s Day event hosted by the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) at Jacisera Park in Kingston on Monday (November 19), beginning at 4:00 p.m.; and the Long Service Awards on Wednesday (November 21), at King’s House.
Quiz competitions for secondary schools and government agencies will get under way on Thursday (November 22) at the Medallion Hall Hotel, and the Finance Ministry, respectively.
The finals for the quiz competitions will be held at the Finance Ministry and an after-work lyme will be held on Friday (November 23) at the National Housing Trust (NHT) Sports Club.
Source: JIS News