Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke, has pledged to continue providing appropriate support to the nation’s public-sector employees, which will enable them to deliver quality services.
“If we want to achieve our potential as a country of destiny and a country of promise, we have to enable our civil service and invest in our civil service to ensure the vision that we have is consistent with what we are providing our civil service with,” he said.
He was speaking at a luncheon hosted by the President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant, at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on December 6.
Dr. Clarke argued that the civil service is the cornerstone of a modern state, and that the test of Government to the individual is how Government meets that individual at the point of service.
He noted, therefore, that an individual who has a “bad” experience with the Government, reflects negatively on the entire public sector, so it is incumbent on all employees to maintain the same high standard of service throughout Government.
“The way in which you interact, that one interaction that you have, the public-sector employee represents all of Government in that interaction, so if we are interested in delivering to the people of Jamaica quality service, we have to ensure that every single public-sector employee is motivated and equipped to deliver services to the Jamaican people,” he said.
The luncheon was held in appreciation of the continued contributions of corporate sponsors, the general council, members and other stakeholders towards supporting the growth of the JCSA.
During the function, past and present officers were awarded for their sterling service to the organisation.
In addition, a JCSA master card was unveiled, which was developed in partnership with Alliance Payment Services Limited. It can be used like a bank debit or credit card with additional benefits and services, such as being linked to remittance services; and paying bills and shopping online, free of cost.
The luncheon also culminated activities marking the 100th anniversary of the JCSA.