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Reward For Best

We need to attract the best and brightest Fijians for our civil service, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. One of the ways will be to improve civil service pay and
05 Oct 2014 16:45
Reward For Best

We need to attract the best and brightest Fijians for our civil service, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
One of the ways will be to improve civil service pay and conditions as part of a greater reform strategy, he told participants at the successful 2015 Budget Forum yesterday.
“Fiji’s new democracy is bound to open up new avenues and opportunities and all must seize them,” the Prime Minister said during his speech at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.
Government, he said, intended to streamline the economy, improve its performance, attract new investment and create more jobs.
In the coming months, Government will make the reform of the public sector a top priority.
The civil service needed to keep up with the demands of a modern economy, he insisted. Also, he added, that Fijians needed a mental paradigm shift.  Get away from the  “this is the way it was done,’ mindset, he told participants.
The Prime Minister wants to put the service back into the civil service and better responsiveness to the public.
“It is time the process of Government was more service-oriented and efficient, whether it is for obtaining a fishing licence or a duty concession,” he said.
Mr Bainimarama intends to promote a culture of excellence at all levels.  To achieve this, the Prime Minister has urged all civil servants to embrace changes that were coming, not to fear them.
“Because as well as improving efficiency, they are designed to make your jobs more satisfying and rewarding.”
He said the reforms had improved Fiji’s standards of governance and made it more competitive, but there was still much to be done.

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