PM gets update on integrity program

POSTED: 10/19/12 11:47 AM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams received an update from the Program Manager Integrity at the department of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Tammy Richardson on Wednesday. The integrity training program featured a series of workshops centered on the training of civil servants.
The prime minister said during the opening of the workshop that the objective of the Integrity Code of Conduct is to give civil servants a grip on decision making processes and establishing standards and values.
The prime minister said she has always actively supported the planning process and the implementation of an integrity program and explained that integrity training has been on the books for quite some time. “An important agreement was reached in March last year for the financing of an integrity program and finally a visions document was arrived at last year in November. It is the aspiration of the government that within the next five years there will be a higher level of commitment to integrity for the entire public service in accordance with the Integrity Policy and the principles of good governance,” Wescot-Williams said.
“In doing so we will 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,” the Prime Minister added.
Wescot-Williams also outlined that integrity training is extended to all levels of government. “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. 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 deal with integrity.”

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