30 Mar 2005

Fiji public service revamp proposed

1:16 pm on 30 March 2005

There is a proposal to create a new public service in Fiji with the Public Service Commission claiming there's too much duplication and inefficiency.

The PSC chairman, Stuart Huggett, told the Fiji Times newspaper that the public service is too complex, there are too many ministries at a total of 23, and there is often a duplication of effort and overlapping of responsibilities.

He says it is the commission's intention to explore the option of building a new public service which would be likely to have fewer than 10 main departments.

Mr Huggett says this doesn't mean getting rid of staff and he says people will be consulted and encouraged to submit their thoughts on the proposal.

The chairman also says they won't be getting in consultants to tell them how to set up the new structure.

And, he would like to see it in place before 2007.