CARICOM secretary-general describes new management system

Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris with CARICOM’s Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Dr. Manorma Soeknandan.
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(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -– A detailed update on the new Results-Based Management (RBM) System being pursued by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat was described by Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Dr. Manorma Soeknandan during a courtesy visit with Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris.

The RBM System promotes a results-focused approach to programme and project management, in keeping with the decisions made by the Conference of Heads of Government. It refers to a management philosophy and set of tools designed to improve project/programme design; management; effectiveness and monitoring, along with reporting transparency and accountability of desired results.

The Prime Minister was supported by Cabinet Secretary, Mrs. Josephine Huggins.

Ambassador Soeknandan and members of her delegation are in the Federation to conduct two half-day seminars with stakeholders, including senior government officials, corporate planners, the private sector, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) and the media on the Secretariat’s RBM System.

Ambassador Soeknandan explained how CARICOM can use the RMB System in dealing with projects and programmes.

“Instead of focusing on several activities, we first look at the bigger picture, which means the result, and then we look at the activities,” Soeknandan explained. “After that, we then work with the timelines and timeframes, indicating what you want to achieve, when you want to achieve it and the resources that are needed. But also at a very early stage, you can detect if you will have any risks, so that very early, you can prepare to deal with those risks.”

Prime Minister Harris, who assumes Chairmanship of CARICOM on January 1, 2019, welcomed the initiative of the CARICOM Secretariat, describing it as “something of practical value in helping us in the utilization of resources.”

“I think it’s timely, and I think in our own self-interest we would want to have a tool like that to be applied to what the Government is doing on behalf of the people, and to see how we can get better results that redound to the benefit of the people,” Dr. Harris added, while commending Ambassador Soeknandan for leading the regional sensitization efforts.

Matters pertaining to the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) were also addressed during the brief meeting.

The implementation of the CSME will be addressed at the highest level when CARICOM Heads gather in Trinidad and Tobago from December 3-4, 2018 for a special meeting.

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