Civil servants begin learning about integrity dilemmas

POSTED: 06/5/12 11:57 AM

Policy Support Worker Cheryl Rohan, Integrity Dilemma Trainer Ralston Bennet, Usona Representative Angela Dekker, Integrity Program Manager Tammy Richardson, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot William, Finance Minister Roland Tuitt and Head of the Department of the Interior & Kingdom Relations Marc Arnold pose with training materials and promotional items that were handed out at the start of the integrity workshop for civil servants. (DCOMM photo)

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has stressed the objective of the government’s Integrity Code of Conduct at the opening of a mandatory training for civil servants. The training, which is taking place at the University of St. Martin, is being done by Ralfston Bennett of the Life Transforming Institute, which is based in Aruba. The training will continue for 10 days.
The training is meant to give all civil servants a grip on decision making processes and establish standards and values with regards to conduct within government. The training is part of a broader effort financed by Usona that includes the formulation of an integrity vision and a policy and will focus on building credibility, instilling courage, finding solutions and securing results that inspire trust.
“An important agreement was reached in March last year for the financing of an integrity program for the Government of St. Maarten and finally a visions document for the Government of St. Maarten was arrived at last year in November. It is the aspiration of the Government of St. Maarten that within the next five years there will be a higher level of commitment to the level of integrity for the entire public service in operating in accordance with the Integrity Policy of St. Maarten and observing the principles of good governance,” Wescot-Williams said.
Later she’d add, “And in doing so to support the development of an honest, well trained, impartial, structured and reputable public service rooted in the principles of integrity; a public service capable of professionally serving and meeting the constitutional needs of the citizens of St. Maarten.”
“Having integrity is required from the highest level in government to those at the lowest level in terms of coming together and working on the Integrity Program for St. Maarten.
At the end of the day it is how we view the topic and how we decide to move forward as a government and as a people. It is about how we wish to deal with integrity and the many complex factors civil servants may encounter during the course of their jobs. It is about how those in the Civil Service deals with the integrity within the Government of St. Maarten,” Wescot-Williams concluded.

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