AN AGREEMENT to help in the reform of the public service was signed in Nicosia yesterday by British High Commissioner, Matthew Kidd, and permanent secretary of the Finance Ministry, Christos Patsalides, in the presence of the Commissioner for the Reform of the Civil Service, Emmanuella Lambrianides
“The need to modernise and reform the public sector so it can successfully and efficiently deal with challenges which it is faced with in order to help Cypriot citizens is a priority which stems from the government’s signing of a memorandum of understanding with the troika,” a statement from the finance ministry said.
Restructuring the public sector requires preparation and research from independent experts, the statement added. It is with that in mind that the Republic of Cyprus has signed a deal with the UK’s specialised public organisation, National School of Government International. The organisation will offer consultancy services in order to research local government and human resource management services.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the High Commissioner said: “It is not only a pleasure but a source of pride that Cyprus turned to the UK, alongside the World Bank, to help support the public sector reform project. This demonstrates the strength of our friendship and the common values that we share. Many challenges may lie ahead but we look forward to working together to help deliver a first class public sector service to support the people of Cyprus.”