The Cook Islands Office of the Public Service Commission says a new project has been launched to identify and plug gaps in the skills and knowledge of the public sector in order to improve performance and service delivery.
The initiative, called the Cook Islands Public Service Capability Project, aims to identify gaps in ministry and crown agency capability, focusing on skills and knowledge, and then make recommendations for a 'public service capability strategy'.
The Public Service Commissioner, Russell Thomas, says project is well timed because secretaries and chief executive officers of Crown Agencies have just completed their business plans for 2012-13.
He says now they are clear about their commitments they are ready to consider how to ensure they have the right skills, knowledge and other resources in place.
Mr Thomas says his Office has a vision of 'A public service of excellence' and he says this can only achieved if time, effort and dollars are invested.