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Reform is Key: Sayed-Khaiyum

Inefficiency in the public service will be a thing of the past insists new Public Service Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum after the official swearing-in ceremony in Parliament yesterday. The former Attorney-General
25 Sep 2014 14:32
Reform is Key: Sayed-Khaiyum

Inefficiency in the public service will be a thing of the past insists new Public Service Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum after the official swearing-in ceremony in Parliament yesterday.

The former Attorney-General also has Finance, Public Enterprises, Trade and Tourism as his portfolios.

His assistant minister for all the portfolios is Lorna Eden.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said: “As the Prime Minister in his victory acceptance speech said last Sunday, we need to reform the civil service to ensure better service delivery and streamline and make the civil service modern.

“That is one of the key aspects of what we hope to do over the next four years and to improve the civil service, not just for the sake of it but to ensure that it attains its objective which is better service to people of Fiji.”

Changes within the public service have been a key objective for the Bainimarama-Government. They intend to increase the momentum of reforms as various complaints about government bureaucracy were received during FijiFirst party campaign meetings.

In their manifesto, they stated that: “FijiFirst will engage accredited international agencies and specialists to review and assess the performance of the civil service.

“This review will cover the requirements of the various ministries and departments with a view to bringing all aspects of the service into the 21st century.

“A particular focus will be on attracting professionals with better qualifications and retaining existing staff by introducing different pay structures that recognise special skills and performance.”

Speaking in his capacity as the Finance Minister, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that the upcoming budget will work to accommodate what the FijiFirst Party had stated in their manifesto.

“Finance of course is a new area. We will be working as a team and there are a number of issues that are of course going to be fine tuned, a number of processes, modernising the process are most important, technology.

“FijiFirst Government will build its budget around what are its policies and what is in its manifesto. The manifesto actually sets the guideline for the budget.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was sad to note that some from the Opposition were already lining up issues to bring up in Parliament rather than looking at how lives of ordinary Fijians can be made better.

He said FijiFirst’s focus was on making Fiji the way the world should be.

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