Speaking yesterday at the Official Opening Ceremony of the Jamaica Special Economic Zones Authority (JSEZA), Prime Minister Holness emphasised the need for a shift in the bureaucratic culture in Jamaica for the growth and expansion of businesses while attempting to secure those results.
“The truth is that we still have to resolve the culture of bureaucracy versus outcomes in Jamaica and I see it every day operating within the public service,” said Prime Minister Holness.
However, the Prime Minister argued that far more time is spent trying to perfect bureaucracy rather than securing results.
“It is important that we accept as public servants that we can do both and do them efficiently and effectively. They too (bureaucracy vs outcome) are not in competition with one another or a sacrifice of one for the other, we must be able to do both and that is the challenge of handling the delicate topic of corruption because the usual excuse for corruption is that, there is just too much bureaucracy and in order to get to outcomes, we have to either pay for expedition of service or totally override, overrule, ignore rules and procedures,” said the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Holness maintained, that as the country evolves a part of that development must be the change in bureaucracy.
“Bureaucracy is not bad but bureaucracy doesn’t mean that the thing [service] must take ten days if it can take one. It’s hard to get that down to the level of the secretary whose job is merely to sign off on a document. But until it gets to that level, then we will continue to struggle in realizing the true potential of our country which stares us in the face every day with this great brand and location that we have,” said Prime Minister Holness.
In the meantime, the Prime Minister charged the JSEZA, to utilize all its resources to ensure it operates efficiently and effectively.
“I give a challenge and a mandate to the Special Economic Zones Authority that the processing and approvals process must be quick but at the same time effective,” said Prime Minister Holness.
The JSEZA is an agency of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation which is responsible for developing SEZs. This is a major project which is pivotal to the Government's Global Logistics Hub Initiative.
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