Focus on processes

NEWLY appointed Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Mereseini Vuniwaqa met with ministry staff members on Thursday over afternoon tea.

Mrs Vuniwaqa said one of the most important areas that immediately needed changes was fixing the Ministry’s process to be customer friendly.

“Right now everything is everywhere, I will have to prioritise my time, rationalise my thoughts and work on key issues which needs to be addressed but one of my key focus in the next four years which I intend to start off with immediately is looking at the processes within the ministry,” the minsiter said.

“To make it more customer friendly, from the little I know from my experience as a government official before but also as a private legal practitioner, I think that’s one area that needs addressing,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

In her speech after being accorded a traditional welcoming ceremony Mrs Vuniwaqa asked the 490 staff members for their support over the next four years.

In an interview with this newspaper she said: “The message I articulated when I gave that short speech requires support and there are a lot of experts in this ministry, there are some terms that I am hearing for the first time too — technical.

“As you know I am a lawyer by profession but you know this is a new area for me and the legal sides of things matter very much. My message basically was asking for their support for the next four years and I expect to get that.”

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