Local Govt. Ministry prioritising staff development
The Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development is endeavouring to improve and widen the capabilities of staff of the central ministry and the ministry’s organs.
A GINA statement said that in 2012, the Ministry had planned a retreat for its staff, and according to the Permanent Secretary, Collin Croal this was recently held. The retreat looked at the achievements of 2012, goals for 2013, value for money, communication channels, feedback mechanisms, waste disposal and the development of the Ministry’s five-year strategic plan.
One of the high points emanating from the retreat was the importance of focusing on human resource development – whether at the local or/and international level because human resource development is an important component for the growth of any ministry, Croal said.
He noted that last year about a dozen new staff was added to the Ministry’s complement.
The first engagement of human resource development will be occurring at the international level as three persons from the Ministry, including the PS, will be representing Guyana at Pan Commonwealth Executive Programme for local government chief finance officers from February 4-9 at the University of Birmingham.
This programme is being sponsored by the Commonwealth Secretariat and it is expected that the participants will have an opportunity to share experiences that are taking place in both developed and developing countries, with respect to municipal development and financing.
“It is our goal for this year that we will continue to ensure that all our employees are in one way or the other benefiting from some sort of training that will expand their repertoire in terms of work and how they go about their everyday duty,” the PS said.
Apart from the retreat, the Ministry also held a Regional Engineering and Works Department workshop which brought together engineers from all the regions. Due to its success, similar sessions will be held regionally.
The Ministry has also planned a workshop for Environmental Health Officers which will be held on January 23 at the Guyana International Conference Centre (GICC). At that session a presentation will be made by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, and discussions will focus on matters such as waste disposal, inspections and timely delivery of work.