December 3, 2020

Portfolio holds first strategic planning retreat

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With “excellence in the public service” being the new mantra for government, officials from the Deputy Governor’s Office/Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs (PIE) laid the groundwork for a new strategic plan during a recent two-day retreat.

Over the coming weeks the officials will revise and fine-tune these plans, and then submit a comprehensive document to the Deputy Governor Donovan Ebanks, MBE, JP, for his consideration and approval.

All heads of departments and sections under the Portfolio participated in the exercise earlier this month. The main objective was to seek ways to improve personnel, productivity and efficiency, good governance, rehabilitation of offenders, public safety, and customer service.

“We conducted this retreat in an effort to identify and address the common issues facing our Portfolio and our departments, and to identify synergies and increase communication,” said PIE’s Chief Officer Franz Manderson.

He explained that, from the plans prepared by each department, similar challenges such as budget processes and managing human resources were identified, thereby allowing a collaborative approach on finding optimum solutions.

Noting the importance of this first step in the overall reform process, he added, “Focussing on the key priorities will help ensure the most effective use of available resources.”

Participants were encouraged to question and test the draft plan, and offer constructive criticisms over the two days. Explaining the process, Deputy Chief Officer Eric Bush said the officers first determined the current situation in their respective agencies, shared these in presentations, and then identified and debated their five-year goals.

The end result was a collective outline plan for meeting current objectives and future challenges. For instance, a significant change in the administrative structure is the eventual introduction of two additional government ministries, as well as three new MLAs.

The PIE’s new strategic plan should be finalised and presented to Cabinet by the first quarter of 2012. It is further envisaged that, following Cabinet’s review and approval, it will be made public.

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