Prime Minister Underscores The Importance Of Reflection And Looking Ahead As DPA And NaDMA Staff Engage In Day – Long Retreat

PR – Staff of the Department of Public Administration (DPA) and the  National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) engaged in a day-long retreat on  Thursday, to examine the past year and look ahead to 2021. 

The retreat comes at the close of a particularly challenging year, given the impact of the  COVID-19 pandemic on Government operations. 

Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, who also holds responsibility for  the portfolios of public administration and disaster management, addressed staff at the  start of the retreat. 

Dr. Mitchell said, “No matter how well we think we are doing, there is always room for  improvement in all that we do. The fact that you are coming to the end of a very special  year, in which we faced challenges that none of us could have predicted, it is  commendable that you have decided to reflect on where you are and at the same time,  consider options for going forward in 2021. It is important to ask what are some of the  goals we need to set; what are some of the changes we would like to initiate going  forward? This retreat is a positive initiative and I think the leadership of DPA must be  commended for this approach.” 

The Prime Minister acknowledged that there is a lot of work to be done to improve  operations in the public service. He said, “The public sector helps to drive the entire  society and if it lacks innovation, especially in this technologically advanced age, this will  have a negative impact on the society as a whole. Although the private sector may seek  to implement many initiatives, it must do so within the context of laws and policies set by  the public sector. Therefore, Government must see itself as extremely important in  facilitating overall growth and development and particularly in the context of the current  pandemic, we have to take a closer look at our entire operations.” 

Dr. Mitchell told the staff he expects recommendations to be made following Thursday’s  retreat, so that appropriate decisions can be made at the policy level.