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Deliver service efficiently, Permanent Secretaries told

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka reminded Permanent Secretaries of their roles in ensuring that Government policies and service delivery are implemented effectively, efficiently, and courteously.

While addressing the PSs during a pre-budget briefing this week, Rabuka emphasised the need to collectively work together to adopt a proactive and coordinated approach to enhance the implementation of the Government’s strategic priorities for the common good of the people of Fiji.

“Move away from the mentality of operating in silos. Sharing of information across Government is critical and the practice of two ministries entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to share information should be removed,” he said.

“We need to change ineffective systems from yesteryears. As Permanent Secretaries, you must provide appropriate advice to your respective line ministers on how we can improve systems and better align policies to the strategic priorities of Government for the betterment of our people.”

“You are the chief advisors to your respective line ministers. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate advice to help your ministers effectively and efficiently fulfill their duties. You all must work together for better oversight and appropriate monitoring.”

During the briefing, the Prime Minister and PSs had the opportunity to deliberate on the upcoming National Budget, highlighting that it should, among other important aspects, reflect government resources being directed to value-addition in the resource-based sectors.

“We must start thinking outside the box and be innovative, rather than continue with ‘business as usual’ mode.”

The PM added that it’s time we relook at the way we do things and look at ways to develop and implement “value-addition” processes in our resource-based sectors viz-a-viz agriculture, fisheries, forests, and mineral resources, with effective participation of resource-owners.

“We must start looking inward and be innovative in developing the natural resources that are available to us, rather than relying on the outside world.”

Rabuka called on each Permanent Secretary to be an inspiration and be selfless in the performance of their duties for the sake of our nation and its people.

The meeting was also an opportunity for the PSs to update the Prime Minister on the operations of their line ministries.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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