Customer Service Upgrade For Immigration Dept

Joy Springer Top Stories

Less bureaucracy, more rapid responses, reduced levels of paperwork, less queuing and significantly enhanced levels of service. These are just some of the improvements the Barbados Immigration Department is promising as it continues a systematic overhaul of its objectives and operations in order to offer “the best citizen-centred service possible”. Permanent Secretary in the Division of Defence and Security, Timothy …

Agriculture & Fisheries Training On The Cards

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Steps are being taken to devise a strategy to “bridge the gap” between education and training and the agricultural and fisheries sector in Barbados, as a means of stimulating the economy, creating jobs and reducing food imports. This was revealed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Andrew Gittens as he delivered the …

Praedial Larceny Legislation Enforcement Is Key

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Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Andrew Gittens, has described enforcement of the Protection of Agricultural Products and Livestock Act 2017 as critical in the fight against the scourge of the theft of crops and livestock. He expressed the view while addressing attendees at a stakeholder consultation on the skills needs assessment for …

Ayra Newton Designated A Peace Ambassador

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Walking away from conflict has its rewards. Princess Margaret Secondary School student, Ayra Newton, is proof of this after she was designated the first Peace Ambassador in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation’s anti-violence campaign, during a brief ceremony yesterday. She officially holds the title of Schools’ Positive Behaviour Management Programme (SPBMP) Peace Ambassador. Ayra became a household …

Recent Study Suggests One Central Ministry

Sharon Austin Top Stories

A recent European Union (EU) funded-study has suggested that the Ministry of the Civil Service, the Personnel Administration Division and the Training Administration Division should be brought together under one central Ministry, with responsibility for human resource management and development. This disclosure came today from Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Service, Alyson Forte, who said the EU’s suggestion …

Education Ministry: Fees For Scholar Paid

Melissa Rollock Ministry News

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, June Chandler, has confirmed that tuition fees for Barbados Scholar, Hailey Laurayne, have been paid. She said investigations conducted by the Ministry into the circumstances surrounding non-payment of fees on behalf of Ms. Laurayne have revealed that the University of Southampton, where Ms. Laurayne is currently a student, has received …

Public Service Manual To Be Produced

Sharon Austin Ministry News

A manual will soon be produced on how the Barbados public service should operate. This disclosure has come from Permanent Secretary with responsibility for the Training Administration Division (TAD), Esworth Reid, who said Earle’s Global Associates is assisting TAD in developing the handbook. His comments came after the recent three-day High-Level Strategic Review and Planning Seminar, hosted by TAD for …

Public Servant Rewarded For Outstanding Service

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Retired Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Sonja Welch, receiving the Gold Crown of Merit from Governor General Dame Sandra Mason during the 2017 Independence Day Honours. (C.Pitt/BGIS) She may be small in stature but retired Permanent Secretary, Sonja Welch is certainly a colossus when it comes to her in-depth knowledge of the public service and diplomacy. It is …

Career Advice From Retired Civil Servant

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

Retired Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Attorney General, Diane Campbell. (C.Pitt/BGIS) Do not wait for Government to send you on a course to further your studies; make the investment and upgrade your qualifications yourself. That’s the one piece of advice retired Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Attorney General, Diane Campbell, wants to leave behind for young …

Sixteen New Permanent Secretaries

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Sixteen senior public officers have been promoted to the post of Permanent Secretary. This disclosure has come from Chief Personnel Officer, Gail Atkins, who said the promotions would take effect from Saturday, April 15. Those promoted are: Ms. June Chandler, to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation; Mrs. Donna Cadogan to the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport; …