A European Union (EU)-funded consultancy is in the works for the Barbados Productivity Council to drive the development and implementation of a public sector improvement programme for the country, Acting Prime Minister Richard Sealy has announced.
“This consultancy will focus on three areas to improve productivity and performance in the public sector. These three areas are concerned with marketing and promotions, training and development and human capital development,” Sealy told yesterday’s start of the annual Week of Excellence activities at the Courtney Blackman Grand Salle of the Central Bank of Barbados.
The Acting Prime Minister said the council would also place greater focus on multi-factor productivity, noting that it currently develops productivity-related metrics in seven business sectors, with emphasis on labour productivity.
“It intends, however, to offer the business community added value through the development of multi-factor metrics, which will assist firms in gaining a more holistic view of their business positioning within their sector,” he told the audience, which included Central Bank Governor Cleviston Haynes and retired trade unionist Robert Bobby Morris.
Sealy said that among myriad other benefits of the programme will be the provision of more critical information to assist decision-making and greater comparability with international best practices.
“Through their work, the council is key to ensuring that every Barbadian is equipped with a better understanding of productivity, how they are impacted by it, and critically, the importance of excellence as a factor in improving productivity,” he said, adding that Government was fully behind the council, which has as its aim the enhancement of the competitiveness of Barbadian enterprises.
Sealy did not say how much money the EU was putting into the programme, nor did he say when it would begin.