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Minnis to create unit "to deliver" on govt promises

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Anthony Newbold

By MORGAN ADDERLEY

THE Minnis administration will establish a Deliverables Unit to help the government make good on its promises of “good governance and accountability”.

In yesterday’s press briefing, Press Secretary Anthony “Ace” Newbold announced the creation of the unit, which will be “responsible for tracking projects and initiatives set out and agreed by the prime minister and establishing timelines for the completion of such projects.”

“The unit will do the same for projects of various ministers and ministries,” Mr Newbold said. “This unit will be handpicked and will be a combination of the best and brightest from the public and private sectors.”

Mr Newbold also said this past September, “parliamentarians and senior members of the public service were lectured in seminars by Sir Michael Barber who is the founder of Delivery Associates.”

Sir Barber headed the Delivery Unit for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s administration. Of Sir Barber, Mr Blair wrote: “Michael Barber’s pioneering work as head of my Delivery Unit helped ensure real progress, not just with our education reforms, but with healthcare and policing too. It attracted worldwide attention.”

According to its company website, Delivery Associates “has been established to improve the effectiveness and accountability of government worldwide; that is the capacity of governments to deliver, and to be seen to deliver, benefits that benefit citizens without overburdening them with taxes.”

For Delivery Associates, the objective is to “design the roadmap to achieve the departments’ goals,” “set up the team and routines to ensure delivery of improvements” and “strengthen and train government officials to deliver their goals”.

According to Mr Newbold, the Bahamian Deliverables Unit will be established by January 2018.

Mr Newbold reiterated the Minnis administration’s commitment to accountability, saying “the quarterly meetings for ministers to account to the prime minister have begun. Ministers [Jeff] Lloyd, [Romauld] Ferreira, and Lanisha Rolle are the first ones to report.”

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birdiestrachan 5 years, 2 months ago

I know he receives a salary to spin. so he should just keep on spinning

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ThisIsOurs 5 years, 2 months ago

I like the idea of a Program Team. Hope it works and they can navigate the people and territory issues. cabinet "should" be the program management team but clearly that's a pipe dream. I like it.

For Gods sake don't use party loyalty or das my friend or I like them as selection criteria

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DaGoobs 5 years, 2 months ago

A good and noble idea. Much like oversight committee or board reviewing management's performance of following through on an annual plan.

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SP 5 years, 2 months ago

I applaud PM Sheriff Minnis for leaning on best practices! This is good news, and a 180 degree turn from Pillage Loot Plunder AND former Foreign National Movement stupidity.

To get everyone's attention, the first issues the "Deliverables Unit" needs to deliver is how and when we the people will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel regarding the campaign promise "to full development of The Bahamas utilizing all of the natural resources of the country"!

We are in deep caca and in need of serious economic stimulus sooner rather than later.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 5 years, 2 months ago

Minnis already has a press secretary to hide behind.....now he wants a Deliverables Unit to hide behind when he doesn't make good on his election promises! Pleazzzzzze...why the hell is Minnis PM if he has misgivings about having the leading ship and other skills necessary to make good on his election promises?! It seems ever time the new Minnis-led administration downsizes government a bit they grow it even more by creating all of these nonsensical new positions!!

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