Government Committed to Preserving the Institution of Family – PM Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that the Government is focused on the economic prosperity and well-being of the Jamaican people. Story Highlights In that regard, the Prime Minister said the Government is committed to preserving the traditional institutions of the society. Prime Minister Holness made the pronouncement as he led Father’s Day celebrations at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) this afternoon (June 16) at a Father’s Day picnic titled Furthering Healthy Families with Fathers. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that the Government is focused on the economic prosperity and well-being of the Jamaican people.In that regard, the Prime Minister said the Government is committed to preserving the traditional institutions of the society.Prime Minister Holness made the pronouncement as he led Father’s Day celebrations at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) this afternoon (June 16) at a Father’s Day picnic titled Furthering Healthy Families with Fathers.The Prime Minister says his Administration will not be distracted by discussions in the public domain on abortion, sexuality and obeah. In that regard, Prime Minister Holness declared he will defend the traditional institution of the family.“I have been following all the discussions and if you put them together, it could very well seem to be an assault on the traditional values of the society and how we see our traditional institutions. This Government that I lead is committed to preserving the institution of the family as we have understood it, and our parents have understood it. This Government is wholly and solely focussed on the real threats to the institutions of our society and the real threat is poverty and the lack of economic growth and opportunity for the mass of the people. This Government will not be distracted on issues that will not advance our economic progress the creation of jobs and economic growth,” said Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister said the Government is fully focussed on fulfilling its mission of economic independence for Jamaicans.“The Government must set priorities and our priority is to address the issue of poverty in our country to eliminate poverty from our land, to create economic growth and to provide jobs. That is what our focus is. So, if we engage in anything, it’s about your economic independence. The social issues are important, and they will be debated but we always pay attention to what the people of the country say,” said the Prime Minister.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness noted that fathers are playing a greater role in the lives of their young children. He appealed to fathers to protect their families, in particular, their boys.“As we celebrate Father’s Day, we ask fathers to recommit to taking a greater role in the lives of their boys in ensuring they don’t deviate from that right path; that they don’t make the mistakes that you made in your life; that you hold their hands and guide them along the path of success. Don’t give up on them,” said Prime Minister Holness. read more

Approximately 1 Billion Saved from Rationalisation Of Public Bodies

Approximately $1 billion in savings to the Government has been realised from the rationalisation of public bodies to date.Executive Director of the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU) in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Maria Thompson Walters, made the disclosure at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (October 2).She said that the finance team “is working to create a model to track those savings back into the Consolidated Fund… in an effort to ensure that the extra funds are available to deal with areas such as health, security and education”.Mrs. Thompson Walters said that 30 public bodies have been rationalised to date, with plans in place for another 18 entities to be merged for reintegrated into their parent ministries by the end of the calendar year.These include the merger of the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC); closure of the Correctional Services Production Company (COSPROD) and integration of those services into the Correctional Services Division; closure of National Energy Solutions (NeSol) and the integration of those functions into the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology; and the integration of the Golden Age Home into the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.Among the objectives of the rationalisation process are to ensure greater efficiency and effectiveness in public-sector service delivery, reduce costs, and improve governance.“It will make things more efficient and ensure that employees are paid properly,” Mrs. Thompson Walters said.She noted that “while some jobs will be diminished, many new jobs will also evolve out of this transformation process, especially around data production and data analysis”.“We are trying to ensure that we create an environment where data becomes very important to policymaking, so that we can forecast more accurately,” she said.The TIU has the goal of implementing projects within the public sector to increase efficiency and the use of information and communications technology (ICT), improve human resources management, implement shared corporate services among public bodies, and overhaul compensation management. Approximately $1 billion in savings to the Government has been realised from the rationalisation of public bodies to date. Executive Director of the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU) in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Maria Thompson Walters, made the disclosure at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (October 2). Story Highlights She said that the finance team “is working to create a model to track those savings back into the Consolidated Fund… in an effort to ensure that the extra funds are available to deal with areas such as health, security and education”. read more