Public sector reform

THE government will largely focus on reforming the public sector in the coming months.Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama said the public sector needed to be restructured and modernised.

Mr Bainimarama told the Special Budget Forum in Suva yesterday that the civil service needed to keep up with the demands of a modern economy.

He said it should not be a prisoner of a mind-set that said “this is the way it is done because this is the way it has always been done”.

“We need to put the service back into the civil service. It needs to be more responsive to the public,” he said.

“The process of government needs to be more service orientated and efficient, whether it is obtaining a fishing licence or a duty concession.

“Working with the civil service and not against it, we intend to promote a culture of excellence at all levels. And we intend to improve civil service pay and conditions so that we can attract the best and brightest people to government service.

“I urge all civil servants to embrace the changes that are coming, not fear them.”

Mr Bainimarama said apart from improving efficiency, the changes were designed to make civil servants jobs more satisfying and rewarding.

He also said with the election behind us now, “we must continue to focus on economic growth for the benefit of all Fijians”.

He appealed to everyone present at the forum to work hand in hand to crank up the machine and get Fiji powering ahead.

Mr Bainimarama urged the participants to join hands to help achieve the vision of Fiji as an economic powerhouse in the region, and in the process empower the lives of every Fijian.

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