BoI Report into Public Service Commission handed over to Minister Harmon

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Georgetown, Guyana – (June 9, 2017) The Report from the Board of Inquiry (BoI), which was established by President David Granger, into the operations of the Public Service Commission (PSC) was, today, presented to Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon by Head of the Commission, Mr. Francis Carryl at the Ministry of the Presidency.

Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon receives the Report from Mr. Francis Carryl as Permanent Secretary of the Department of Public Service, Mr. Reginald Brotherson looks on.

Head of the Public Service and Permanent Secretary of the Department of the Public Service, Mr. Reginald Brotherson, in an invited comment, explained that the Chairman of the Public Service Commission, as is required under the Constitution, must submit a report on the stewardship of the Commission to the President. The Head of State, upon examining the Report and in his deliberate judgement, had noted that there were some matters in the report which needed to be addressed.

“[The President] decided that it had called for a certain type of investigation and the Minister of State was tasked with ensuring that an investigation was conducted. Mr. Francis Carryl, a veteran in the Trade Union movement was tasked with the responsibility of doing the investigation and it took one month and this Report will help to inform the President in his deliberations and course of judgment. The life of the Public Service Commission will conclude at the end of August and so this report would really help the President in making decisions in appointing Commissions of that nature,” Mr. Brotherson said.

Mr. Carryl said that there were several areas in the operations of the public service body, in which he found serious breaches and it is his

Mr. Francis Carryl, who was tasked with conducting the Board of Inquiry, explains a part of the Report to Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon.

expectation that these will be addressed by the Government before the new Commission is installed.

“I did a triangulated methodology of gathering the data and found that there were some serious shortcomings, serious breaches that caused the examiner to conclude that the Commission was not serving in the best interest of the public service and the state of Guyana. When you are appointing a Commission, you need competent people to discharge the functions of that Commission. The Commission is an important institution and if you cannot discharge those functions and duties in a fair manner then you are wasting time,” he said.

Minister Harmon has committed to ensuring that the recommendations contained within the Report are taken into consideration before the next appointment of Commissioners.

“The recommendations that have been made in this report, I commit to ensuring that they are properly studied and analysed and given to the President for his consideration for the appointments, which will be made to the PSC,” Minister Harmon said.