Thursday, November 08, 2012 – Saint Lucia’s Minister for the Public Service, Information and Broadcasting as well as the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Dr. James Fletcher, has taken an aggressive approach at ensuring mutual understanding of performance expectations within his designated ministries.
This was established as a mid-year review session was conducted on November 7, promoting communication and feedback between the minister and program managers as it relates to addressing the progress of the various departments.
Minister Fletcher spoke on the need to collaborate thereby ensuring that projects are progressing as planned and expected.
“What it has done is given us an indication of how efficient we’ve been in using the resources that has been assigned to us. So it is useful, as a government agency, for us to do that level of stepping back and monitoring and evaluating what we are doing and where we are in executing some of our work programs. Hopefully when we meet with the Ministry of Finance towards the end of the year, we are in better position to report positively on some of the programs that we agreed that we would be executing this year and to show that we have done the things we planned on doing. And if there is anything that militating against our ability to deliver, then we can address those now, rather than later.”
In addition, it was highlighted that this initiative will allow for improving the efficiency and delivery of services to the people of the country, as the specific ministries look critically at its own performance and engage in peer review.
“As a minister, I expect a better understanding of the programs that my ministry is executing. I expect to get a better understanding of the constraints that are confronting the program managers. I also expect to get the program managers to be a little bit more in tuned with some of our own expectations and what we see as priorities.”
Achievements and challenges, ways to move forward on initiatives for the next half year and proposed new initiatives formed part of the discussion as program managers from the Ministry of Public Service, Information and Broadcasting and the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology met with the minister.