Guyana to host major Commonwealth Confab in October


The Guyana Government will be hosting the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management’s (CAPAM) Biennial Conference in October 2018.

According to their website, the CAPAM organisation provides an opportunity for government heads within the Commonwealth to exchange innovations in public sector management in order to promote good governance.

CAPAM’s ultimate goal is the global emergence of more responsive and dynamic public services. Guyana has been a member of CAPAM for over three decades, and will, for the first time, host the Biennial conference. The theme for the October-billed event is ‘Transforming the Public Sector for Climate Governance’.

Permanent Secretary of the Department of Public Service, Reginald Brotherson said that the theme of Climate Governance is particularly relevant to the Guyanese public sector as Guyana goes ‘green’, a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency said.

He is quoted as saying that: “The fact is that we’ve got to keep our environment in a very pristine state. We’ve got to have regulation. We’ve got to have laws. Who are the persons carrying out these regulations? Who are the persons enforcing the laws? It’s the public sector through policy mechanisms… Our programs [have got] to be skewed to take care of the evolution, of the changing environment that we are in.”

The Permanent Secretary also said that, through their membership with CAPAM, Guyana stands to gain from the development of strategies to help modernise and improve efficiency in the public sector. “There are so many aspects of transformation that [are] necessary, [like] the whole aspect of technology… How we deal with e-governance, paperless operation… cutting out the wastage of time, being more efficient and effective. All of these are transformational things in the public sector that we need to do and, in fact, we are doing,” he said in the statement.

A local organising committee has already been established to plan the event and the Cabinet has given its approval.

The CAPAM Biennial conference will be held on October 22-24, 2018 and will see the participation of 450 delegates.

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