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Meritocracy and Performance Will be Trademarks of Administration
By Matt Maura
Aug 9, 2017 - 9:10:50 PM

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Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe (first left) and Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell were among the Parliamentarians attending Wednesday's (August 9, 2017) Opening Round of the Orientation for Parliamentarians Workshop. The two-day workshop wraps up Thursday at Baha Mar resort. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)

Nassau, The Bahamas – Meritocracy and performance in the Public Service will be the trademark of the Minnis Administration, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Wednesday.

“I intend to be a different Prime Minister,” Dr. Minnis said. “A Civil Servant, whether they are PLP, FNM, DNA or non-affiliated, who intends to be loyal to the government of the day, should be allowed to do their work and receive promotions.

“I do not want public officers sidelined or transferred just because they may not be a member of the governing party. Mind you, I will also not tolerate anyone trying to obstruct the government’s agenda because of certain party politics,” Prime Minister Minnis added.

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis (first left) chats with (from left) Senate President, Senator the Hon. Katherine (Kay) Forbes-Smith; Minister of National Security, the Hon. Marvin Dames; Minister of Works, the Hon. Desmond Bannister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield (back to camera) prior to the start of the two-day Orientation for Parliamentarians. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)

Delivering the opening address at the Parliamentarians and Governance in The Bahamas Seminar (Orientation for Parliamentarians Workshop), Prime Minister Minnis said his Administration will undertake a number of initiatives aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Public Service.

“Let us continue to improve the standards, measures and processes we utilize to serve the Bahamian people. I have said before and repeat now, we are in an era of transition and transformation. This includes within the public service.

“Integrity, ethics and honourable conduct must be our constant companions in the service of our country and our people.
“Let me close by thanking the many fine and dedicated public officers who provide an extraordinary service to our country. I deem it a privilege to be Head of Government and a privilege to serve with all of you,” Prime Minister Minnis added.

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis gets a hug from former Governor-General of The Bahamas, Her Excellency, Dame Ivy Dumont, GCMG, during a Session Break, Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Dame Ivy was one of several presenters Wednesday. Her Excellency's presentation centred on the Office of the Governor-General. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)

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