Public Administration News
||Malta: Government Committed to Improving Efficiency in Public Sector – PM
||Monday, November 29, 2010
Journals, Citizen Engagement
||Nov 29, 2010
Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi yesterday presided over the inauguration
of the Centre for Development, Research and Training in Floriana.
centre falls under the responsibility of the Office of the Prime
Minister (OPM), and offers courses in management, IT, policy development
and languages, among a plethora of other subjects, for which public
sector employees can register for free to improve their skills and
enhance their qualifications.
Some courses even lead to professional or academic qualifications.
by the EU, the costs of the centre, based in a building which was
previously abandoned and derelict, amounted to €3 million.
Gonzi, who took a small part in an IT course lesson after he entered the
building, commented in a speech he gave afterwards that, sometimes,
“people do not appreciate the strides in progress the government is
making in the public sector field” and pointed out that the government
has recently improved efficiency in the public sector, without
increasing costs, by as much as 2%.
“Moreover, Malta is also one
of the leading EU countries to offer quality and efficient government
services online. For instance, people no longer have to queue for a long
time to pay their bills, licences or tax forms, as they can do so
through the internet.
“With the onus now on lifelong learning,
it is the government’s wish for this centre to stimulate innovation,
research and creativity. I have often commented that the only resource
Malta has is the human resource, and hopefully this centre will go a
long way towards improving the skills of public sector employees. It’s
never too late to learn,” said Dr Gonzi.
Philip von Brockdorff,
the centre’s head manager, said that not only has the number of people
who enrolled for courses increased by as much as 25% in recent months,
but employees who have successfully completed a course at the centre
have often gone on to have better jobs with better pay.
Possibility of reforming summer time working hours
later asked whether the government might improve efficiency in the
public sector by looking into changing the hours of public sector
employees, with the majority working half a day during the summer
months, Dr Gonzi outlined that “summer working hours were not as they
“Hours of certain employees in certain jobs have
increased in summer over the past few years, and this has led to an
increase in productivity and efficiency.
“While admittedly the
government might look at the possibility of reforming summer working
hours of some public sector employees in the near future, it is worth
keeping in mind that, to compensate, most employees who have short
working hours in summer have longer working hours in winter,” commented