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Governor and Deputy meet with senior civil servants on performance

His Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis and Deputy Governor Sarita Francis have begun a series of meetings with senior civil servants from Assistant Secretaries, up in all ministries and departments.

Governor Davis made remarks responding to questions about public servants status and performances at his monthly press briefing revealed that three sessions have already been held, with nine more planned to take place over the coming weeks. He said the purpose of the meetings was to discuss performance management and various principles which can lead to a more effective civil service.

The ongoing implementation of a performance management system was discussed and the Governor said as the system has “no consequences” there is no motivation by civil servants to comply with it. He added that over the coming weeks he along with the deputy governor will be putting together a paper to take to Cabinet outlining the benefits for the system and sanctions for non-compliance.

“Right now we have about 50 percent compliance and this rate needs to go up,” Governor Davis told the press. “There is too much thought about the individual and not enough about the team. Some don’t buy into the vision, which is simply to get Montserrat back on a path to self-sustainability,” as he noted, “they didn’t know what the vision was, so if they didn’t know what the vision was how could they really pursue it…”

The governor said, improving the functioning of the civil service has to work in concert with a recurrent budget that reflects more efficiency and the use of available resources.

Clink on the link to see video of the Press Conference http://www.themontserratreporter.com/?p=7304

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His Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis and Deputy Governor Sarita Francis have begun a series of meetings with senior civil servants from Assistant Secretaries, up in all ministries and departments.

Governor Davis made remarks responding to questions about public servants status and performances at his monthly press briefing revealed that three sessions have already been held, with nine more planned to take place over the coming weeks. He said the purpose of the meetings was to discuss performance management and various principles which can lead to a more effective civil service.

The ongoing implementation of a performance management system was discussed and the Governor said as the system has “no consequences” there is no motivation by civil servants to comply with it. He added that over the coming weeks he along with the deputy governor will be putting together a paper to take to Cabinet outlining the benefits for the system and sanctions for non-compliance.

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“Right now we have about 50 percent compliance and this rate needs to go up,” Governor Davis told the press. “There is too much thought about the individual and not enough about the team. Some don’t buy into the vision, which is simply to get Montserrat back on a path to self-sustainability,” as he noted, “they didn’t know what the vision was, so if they didn’t know what the vision was how could they really pursue it…”

The governor said, improving the functioning of the civil service has to work in concert with a recurrent budget that reflects more efficiency and the use of available resources.

Clink on the link to see video of the Press Conference http://www.themontserratreporter.com/?p=7304