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Pm's Delivery Unit Set For Singapore Visit

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

By RICARDO WELLS

Tribune Staff Reporter

rwells@tribunemedia.net

THE Prime Minister's Delivery Unit and other departments are expected to travel to Singapore to determine how best to modernise and streamline government projects and policies.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he has already had communications with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the matter, noting the commitment of his counterpart to aid the Bahamas in improving its technology.

"We have too many problems with having to run to one agency for information, running to another," Dr Minnis said yesterday.

"What can be done via computerisation and proper inter-connectivity in a matter of minutes, takes us now months, and Singapore has made a commitment to assist us with that," he added.

According to Dr Minnis, the heads of the PMDU and the government's IT Department and at least one other person will make the trip.

Importance

While he stopped short of giving an exact date for the trip, Dr Minnis did insist the matter remains of importance to his administration's efforts.

Creation of the PMDU was announced last November by Press Secretary Anthony Newbold and officially formed in May.

Mr Newbold said once established, the 11-member team would be "responsible for tracking projects and initiatives set out and agreed by the prime minister and establishing timelines for the completion of such projects."

In addition to analysing these needs, a "management mechanism" must be created that will underscore "accountability, transparency, and results delivery" throughout the nation. The six key priorities the PMDU will initially focus on are the Over-the-Hill Rejuvenation Project, land reform, energy reform and infrastructure, ease of doing business, education and safety and security.

The government has started work, in full or in part, on all six of these initiatives.

According to the prime minister, the Delivery Unit will differ from other agencies in the sense that it will "have the mandate and the authority of the prime minister to seek information from any ministry and analyse that data and to ensure that we're keeping on schedule for that timeline."

Comments

Well_mudda_take_sic 1 year, 1 month ago

This is what happens when a people let the government tax them to the death ....... once again we see how our VAT dollars are being squandered on a totally unnecessary trip to an exotic place halfway round the world by Minnis and a very large entourage. This is truly sickening!

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licks2 1 year, 1 month ago

The rip is very necessary. . .the people likely to be sent is my problem!! Them old political FNM cronies names on the Unit listing are the same "mashed-up" ole washed out political half dead managers and administrators who have created the administrative hog soup we are now swimming in. . . their protegees are the ones holding positions right now!!

I would like to see a young group of non-partisan progressive and professional Bahamians who want to see this nation progress. . .no matter which party they come from. . .PLP, FNM or DNA!

If this type of study group is not going. . .SAVE OUR DANG MONEY. . .THEM OLD WASHED-UP JOKEY PEOPLES SHOULD NOT BE SENT ANY PLACE. . .THEY HAVE BEEN GOING "OFF FOR TRAINING" FOR DECADES. . .this is a waste of time. . .by-partisan growth is needed dr . . . send those administrative wrecks back into retirements where they come from just to "jook up" things further. . .their times are up!!! They are useless for this effort. . .

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