SAMOA CONSOLIDATES, CUTS GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES IN HALF

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, April 21) – Samoa has slashed
the number of governmental departments and ministries almost in half as part of
public sector reforms in the country.

Government bodies have been reduced from 27 to 14, mainly
through mergers.

The Secretary of the Public Service Commission, Faamausili Dr
Moli says the merging process was the result of a review by the commission’s
Institutional Strengthening project.

Also as part of the reform, the new department heads have been
renamed chief executive officers.

Faamausili says the new CEOs were selected on the basis of their
leadership and management skills as well as their ability to think
strategically.

The opposition says it was the reigning Human Rights Protection
Party that in previous administrations increased government departments.

April 22, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

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