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  • PREMIER ROMEO HOLDS DISCUSSIONS WITH OT AND UK MINISTERS AT PRE-JMC AND OTHER MEETINGS IN LONDON

    21st June 2018

    Premier, the Honourable Donaldson Romeo, joined with other United Kingdom (UK) Overseas Territories heads of delegations in a series of meetings during his visit to London last week.

     

    Pre-JMC photo of Premier Romeo and other Heads. Photo Credit: Adam Howe Photography

    On June 12th, Premier Romeo met with other Caribbean Overseas Territories’ Leaders and the London Representative from Bermuda for a Pre-Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) ‘Caribbean and Bermuda Territories Heads of Government’ meeting which was chaired by the Premier of the Cayman Islands, the Honourble Alden McLaughlin. At this meeting the Chief Minister of Anguilla, the Honourable Victor Banks, Deputy Premier of the British Virgin Islands, the Honourable Dr. Kedrick Pickering and Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Honourable, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson each provided an update on their Territories’ recovery following the devastating effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on their respective islands.

     

    The Hon. Premier of Montserrat spoke of the need to build resilience in each of the Caribbean Territories and Bermuda, pointing out that although Montserrat did not endure the force of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the island nevertheless sustained damage.

     

    The meeting also provided a platform for the leaders to provide updates on their Territories’ mitigation and response capabilities for the 2018 hurricane season.

     

    On the following day, June 13th, the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) hosted the Pre-JMC Meeting at Church House, Westminster, which was chaired by Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Falkland Islands, the Honourable Teslyn Barkman.

     

    The UKOTA Pre-Joint Ministerial Council meeting provided the Overseas Territories heads of delegation from Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St. Helena and the Turks and Caicos Islands, the opportunity to find common ground on matters relating to the recent Sanctions and Money Laundering Bill and its subsequent assent on May 23rd 2018. Immigration, the environment and climate change, disaster preparedness and matters relating to the UK exiting the EU were also key aspects of the discussions. The leaders also agreed the topics they would like to have included in the agenda for the annual OT-UK Joint Ministerial Council to be held in November 2018.

    The Honourble Premier’s meetings in London concluded on Thursday, June 14th with the United Kingdom-Overseas Territories (UK-OT) Joint Ministerial Council on EU-Negotiations (JMC OT-EN) hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and chaired by FCO Minister for the Overseas Territories, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

     

    Lord Ahmad chaired the JMC OT-EN and was joined at various times during the day by other ministerial colleagues, Robin Walker MP, from the Department for Exiting the European Union; Minister of State at the Department for International Trade, the Rt. Hon. Greg Hands MP; Minister of State at the Department for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Lord Bates and Minister of State (Universities and Science) at the Department for Education, Samuel Gyimah MP.

     

    The Overseas Territories’ delegates were warmly welcomed by Lord Ahmad who invited the heads of the territories’ delegations affected by the September hurricanes to provide an update on their recovery and with support from officials provided information on the UK’s response in respect of logistical and financial support. Premier Romeo stated that the devastation the other Islands suffered highlighted the urgency for the UK and Montserrat to work together to address Montserrat’s resiliency. He said, had Montserrat been hit the island would probably be even worse off in the aftermath.

     

    The Hon. Donaldson Romeo also took the opportunity to have bilateral meetings with Lord Ahmad and with the Minister of State at the Department for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Lord Bates. Montserrat’s Financial Secretary, Honourable Colin Owen, and the UK Representative for the Government of Montserrat, Janice Panton MBE also attended the meetings.

     

    Other sessions covered during the day included the constitutional relationship between the UK and its Territories, updates on progress of the UK’s negotiations with the EU in respect of international trade, development assistance, citizens’ rights and border arrangements. Additionally, officials made presentations on environment and climate change. During the discussions, Minster Samuel Gyimah MP announced the eligibility of Overseas Territories Students to apprenticeship programmes in UK educational institutions.

     

    On the issue of the constitutional relationship between the UK and its Territories, there was unanimous agreement that the recent action by the UK Parliament to impose legislation on the OTs was undemocratic, a step backwards and a clear contradiction to UK policy statements and commitments to the OTs and the UN.

     

  • CHEVERLYN WILLIAMS-KIRNON APPOINTED ACTING CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICER WITHIN THE HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT UNIT (HRMU)

    20th June 2018

    Director in the Office of the Deputy Governor (ODG), Mrs Cheverlyn Williams-Kirnon has been appointed to act as the Chief Human Resource Officer, within the Human Resource Management Unit (HRMU) effective Wednesday June 20th, 2018.

     
    Mrs Williams-Kirnon, will replace Dr. Jocelyn Clarke Fletcher whose employment relationship with the Government of Montserrat came to an end effective Wednesday June 20th, 2018.

     
    Mrs Williams-Kirnon has been employed with the Government of Montserrat for 26 years and brings to the post a wealth of experience having worked in various capacities namely Ministry of Education, Human Resource Management Unit (HRMU), Ministry of Communications, Works and Labour and the Office of the Deputy Governor.

     
    She has worked in HRMU from 2007 as Learning and Development Facilitator and was promoted to the position of Director of Learning and Development in 2009 in HRMU. She also served as Director of Strategic Management and Administration at the Ministry of Communications, Works and Labour.

     
    Mrs Williams-Kirnon is currently the Programme Manager for the Empowering Excellence Programme (EEP) through the Human Resource Transformation within the Government of Montserrat Public Service.

     
    The Honourable Deputy Governor, Lyndell Simpson would like to thank Dr Fletcher for her services to the Government of Montserrat for just over a year and wish her well in her future endeavours.

     
    Mrs Simpson also thanks Mrs Williams-Kirnon for taking up the mantle to lead the Human Resource Management Unit (HMRU) at this critical time.

     
    Mrs Williams-Kirnon says it is an honour and a privilege to be able to serve the Government and people of Montserrat in this capacity.

     

  • QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY TO BE OBSERVED ON MONDAY-SEVEN TO BE AWARDED

    8th June 2018

    The 92nd birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrated with a grand parade on Monday, June 11; which is also a public holiday on Montserrat.

     

    2016 Queen’s Birthday Parade

     

    The parade will be held at Salem Park starting at 8:00a.m and will also mark the 120th Anniversary of the Royal Montserrat Defence Force. A number of uniformed bodies will be on parade, to include the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS), Royal Montserrat Defence Force (RMDF), The Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) Cadet Corp, the Montserrat Fire and Rescue Service and the Montserrat Prison Service. Other groups listed to participate include the Boys and Girls Brigades, Boys Scouts and Girl Guides, Brownies, Red Cross First Aiders and Path Finders.

     

    During the parade, seven officers will be awarded medals in honour of their service. One officer from the Royal Montserrat Defence Force will receive a second clasp for over 24 years of service. One officer from the Royal Montserrat Police and Fire Service will receive a second clasp for 30 years of service, four officers will receive a first clasp for 25 years of service and 1 officer will be awarded a Colonial Long Service Medal for 18 years of service.

     

    As customary, the parade will include the inspection of all units by His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Andrew John Pearce, followed by the march past and royal salutes.

     

    This year’s parade will also feature musical accompaniment by the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda band. Twenty-seven band members from the neighbouring island are expected to arrive on Montserrat this weekend.

     

    The public is invited to attend the parade which will start promptly at 8:00a.m. All uniformed bodies are expected to be at the Salem Park no later than 7:40a.m.
     

  • NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR BUSINESS INNOVATION & CREATIVITY AWARDS

    5th June 2018

    Montserrat’s Innovation Board is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) Business Innovation and Creativity (BIC) Awards.

     

    The BIC Awards is a European Union (EU) funded project which is aimed at promoting sustainable development through innovative and creative means in the OCTs, thereby improving their competitiveness, while at the same time increasing the visibility in Brussels, for innovation in the OCTs. The awards, given across all sectors, are part of OCTA Innovation’s “Innovation Support Network programme”. They also showcase examples of innovation – frequently within Small and Medium Enterprises – for others to implement.

     

    Individuals on Montserrat are therefore encouraged to nominate businesses or entities that are implementing their services in innovative and creative ways, particularly in Education, Energy, Creative Industries, Tourism, Agriculture and ICT.
     

    Montserrat’s Innovation Team Manager, Miss Angela Estwick explained that the nominations will serve to highlight and celebrate businesses that are excelling through the use of innovative and creative elements in their service delivery. Additionally, she noted that the winner will receive local and international recognition which will create greater visibility for their business and also serve to inspire others to start a business.

     

    Individuals interested in submitting nominations should collect the nomination forms from the Office of the Premier. The form is also available for download from www.gov.ms in the publications section, which can also be accessed via direct link at http://www.gov.ms/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BIC-Nomination-Form.pdf

     

    Completed nomination forms must be submitted no later than 4:00p.m. on Monday, June 25. Nominations will be forwarded to the OCTA Innovation Team Leader, Milan Jezic von Gessneck in the European Union; the OCTA Steering Committee, of which the Government of Montserrat’s UK Representative Mrs. Janice Panton is a member, will select final awardees to be recognised at the award ceremony later this year.

     

    If you wish to nominate an enterprise and require assistance in completing the form, please contact Mr. Welsh Ponde on 495-0944or Miss Angela Estwick on 491-3378 who will guide you through the process.

     

    Last year’s awardee from Montserrat was Vinceroy Cassell, owner of Emerald Isle Ceramics, in the Creativity category.

     

  • EEP MAKES GREAT STRIDES IN ADVANCING THE GOVERNMENT OF MONTSERRAT’S PUBLIC SERVICE HR TRANSORMATION AGENDA

    5th June 2018

    The Empowering Excellence Programme (EEP) through Human Resource Transformation within the Government of Montserrat Public Service is making great strides in achieving its goal of empowering and building the capacity of officers to provide excellent service.

     

    The programme has to date undertaken two surveys to solicit feedback from customers and clients on the services provided by the public service with a view towards improving its service delivery and performance.

     

    The Customer Satisfaction Survey facilitated by the Private Sector Advisory Committee (PSAC) involved over 250 Private and Public Sector Officers. This survey revealed some key areas for improvement namely customer services best practices, punctuality, knowledge of Ministry/Department, communication and confidentiality.

     

    An Employee Engagement Survey, was also conducted during late last year and into January 2018, facilitated by the Public Sector Task Force (PSTF) through an online platform. Over 350 public officers participated in this survey.

     

    The Empowering Excellence Programme is also continuing work on improving performance management across the public service. This involves the completion of a Government of Montserrat Workforce Strategy and Action Plan with the Consultancy Firm, A-Z Information Jamaica Limited to further strengthen the Human Resources Principles and Practices.

     

    The Empowering Excellence Programme is also hoping to implement several key Human Resource Management initiatives by September 2018. These include a Comprehensive Job Evaluation and Comprehensive Pay Review, a Modern Government of Montserrat Health and Safety Policy and a Strategic and Risk Management Framework.

     

    The EPP is also forging ahead with pipeline plans to implement an Absenteeism Management System through the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) by September 2018.

     

    The Empowering Excellence Programme continues to ensure appropriate and adequate Good Governance Human Resource Principles and Practices within the Government of Montserrat Public Service.

     

    Meantime, the third grouping of the Public Sector Tasks Force members was installed in March 2018 for the remaining 6 month period. The group consists of a wide cross section of the Montserrat Public Service from Senior Management to Public Junior Officers.

     

    The members will continue to advance work on the initiatives being undertaken by the Empowering Excellence Programme to ensure successful implementation.

     

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