The Cabinet withdraws to plan ahead!
Castries, Saint Lucia, Tuesday October 26, 2021:– Cabinet ministers would still be in “all smiles” mode after a day of retreat on good governance held last weekend.
That’s according to a participant who spoke to Saint Lucia News Online (SLNO) last night.
The retreat, held Saturday (23rd October), was the first for the men and women appointed on May 17 to head ministries in the new administration led by Philip J. Pierre following the 13-4 victory of the Labor Party of Saint Lucia (SLP) in the general elections of July 26.
Also in attendance were Senior Minister Stephenson King and Minister of Housing and Local Government Richared Frederick, the two successful independent candidates invited to join the new Cabinet.
According to an official press release from the Prime Minister’s Office, the retreat was “part of an ongoing program to enable ministers to be more effective and efficient in their service to the people of Saint Lucia.”
The press release also said: “Ministers were exposed to global best practices in governance and public policy administration.
The 8-hour session, which examined issues of local, regional and international importance, was moderated by “local and regional experts in the areas of good governance, public relations and communication and management of the public sector “.
The source said: “The retreat has also offered ministers with previous experience (in Cabinet) another opportunity to share their experiences and offer contemporary advice to their colleagues on roles and expectations.
“It also allowed Prime Minister Pierre to clarify his approach to leadership and governance from the point of view of a Head of Service who will care not only for those who voted for his party, but for all of Saint Lucia. “
According to the source, “It also allowed the Prime Minister to explain how he saw his cabinet play its role in the current circumstances of COVID and beyond, taking advantage of government benefits and sharing government resources with all. constituencies.
“Most importantly, it helped the entire Cabinet have their first opportunity to synchronize minds around how best to deliver on the SLP’s election promise to continue to put people first.”
Facilitators of the new Cabinet’s first retreat included: former cabinet secretary and human resources management consultant Victor Poyotte and former cabinet secretary and former Saint Lucia diplomat Anthony Severin, both from Saint Lucia.
The overseas-based facilitators included: Wendell E. Lawrence (former senior civil servant and diplomat from Saint Kitts and Nevis); Dr. Aubrey B. Armstrong Chairman of AAMA (a Barbados-based management consultancy and former United Nations advisor on management training methods in the Caribbean) and Linus E. Rogers (former government senator and expert in Organizational and Human Resource Development of Trinidad and Tobago).