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Public Sector reform

by | Jul 18, 2016 | 0 comments

The Government will completely overhaul the Public Service for improved efficiency and accountability.  A performance based and outcome oriented policy will be undertaken for all levels of Public Service from Waigani right down to the Local Level Governments.

Government will review the current arrangement of the Department of Personal Management and the Public Service Commission. A holistic review of this arrangement will result in the abolishment of the Department of Personal Management and restructuring of the Public Service Commission.  In this regard, the Public Service Commission will be given the Constitutional powers and responsibility to oversee the efficiency of the Public Service.  The Commission will be accountable to the National Executive Council and Parliament.

This will result in the establishment of a smaller office representing Personnel Management to focus entirely on deployment of public servants and their on-going in-service training.

The Government will also introduce incentives for Public servants such as, improved salaries, affordable housing in urban and rural areas, and rewards for performance including penalties for poor performance.

Part of this reform incudes the transfers of powers of appointment of Provincial Administrators to the Provincial Executive Council (PEC)

Government will also immediately amend the Constitution and the Public Services Management Act to allow the NEC to hire and fire Departmental heads.  The role of the Central Agency Co-ordination Committee will be confined to monitoring of the implementation of key Government policies and priority programs.

The Department of Prime Minister and NEC will assume overall responsibility of monitoring the implementation of the Government Development Programmes. In this regard the Department of National Planning and Distrcit Development will be restructured and its functions completely changed to macro level planning, development of standards and collecting of national statistics at all levels for planning purposes.

The National Statistics Office will be restricted to ensure that the capacity to collect data, and translate data into information for planning purposes will cover all sectors and extend right down to the districts and the ward level. The village recorder programme will be fully funded and implemented as part of this commitment.

With regard to Development Funds, they will be disbursed through the Budget to the relevant agencies, Provincial Governments and Districts.  The Government will undertake to introduce a Development Programme for each Local Level Government in the Country.