NCPC study to highlight productivity levels

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NCPC study to highlight productivity levels

PRESS RELEASE – The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) and its accompanying Technical Secretariat has commissioned a productivity study in an effort to measure productivity levels in Saint Lucia.

This study will provide reasons for the current levels of productivity and will propose key policy actions that will enhance productivity in Saint Lucia.

As part of the study, consultations will be held with stakeholders in the private and public sectors as well as with various groups within the wider population. The study will aid in highlighting the areas of low productivity and will guide the future work of the NCPC and the government in formulating the necessary policies and strategies that will be needed to address the issues of productivity.

In addition to measuring national productivity, an assessment of six sectors of the economy will be undertaken. The sectors to be assessed are:

*    Financial Services
*    Agriculture
*    Manufacturing
*    Education
*    Hotels and Restaurants
*    Construction

NCPC Communications Specialist, Geraldine Bicette-Joseph, explains: “the study will help benchmark Saint Lucia’s productivity performance within and outside the Caribbean region, where data is available and comparable.  It will also provide a detailed analysis of productivity levels and give reasons for patterns or trends identified by engaging with stakeholders within the sectors. The study will also provide policy recommendations by sector on the enhancement of productivity levels, as well as provide an assessment of productivity in selected departments within the Public Service.”

As part of the exercise, consultations will be held throughout the island. This is important in obtaining an island-wide perspective on productivity which will feed into the productivity assessment for Saint Lucia. The consultations will commence within the last week of April 2014, and will consist of:

*    Round Table Discussions – These will target communities of interest including the academic community and the private sector.
*    Focus Groups – Consisting of the youth, men, women.
*   E-Consultations – Social media platforms will be used to facilitate an internet-connected audience. This audience will include but not be limited to those situated within the wider Diaspora who have a keen interest in the nation state and its growth.

In addition, interviews, open ended surveys, and radio and television call-in programmes will be used as a means for members of the public to express their opinions and ideas.

“Our aim is to involve and get feedback from as many people as possible,” continues Mrs Bicette-Joseph. “We have enlisted the use of nearly every medium available. We want to hear from everyone. Those who cannot make it to roundtable discussions will be able to join our e-consultations, those who do not have access to the internet will be able to call into a radio show. There is a way for everyone to be a part of this initiative. With this in mind, we would like the general public to be alert and await our public announcements. These will detail the time and dates of all activities.  This is an immense endeavour but once  the necessary figures and facts are in hand, it will be possible to determine where we are and in turn, gain an understanding of what we need to do to bring about improvement within the overall economy.”

(For further information on the NCPC productivity study contact the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council on Second (2nd) floor, Financial Centre Building, Bridge Street, Castries. We can also be contacted at 468 -5571 or visit the Council’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stluciancpc or email them at [email protected])

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