Finance Minister Bob Richards. *File photos / concept by Gary Foster Skelton
Finance Minister Bob Richards. *File photos / concept by Gary Foster Skelton

The Hon E.T. (Bob) Richards J.P., M.P., Minister of Finance today provided an update on the SAGE report and said it will be debated in the House of Assembly on Friday, December 13th.

Minister Richards said: “Since the SAGE Report has been tabled and made available to the public there has been widespread comment and debate in various circles including within the Government, unions and the general community. This is healthy and we encourage further discussion. As I said in the House on November 15, the Government is conducting a full review of the SAGE final report with the intent of implementing those recommendations to make Government more transparent, accountable, efficient and cost-effective, with the ultimate aim to reduce overall Government expenditure. I have made a “Take Note” motion on the SAGE Report to allow for a full debate of the Report in the House of Assembly, which has been scheduled for Friday December 13th.”

In light of questions raised by union representatives and members of the public concerning outsourcing and privatization, Minister Richards said: “The Government is sensitive to the concerns raised by the unions and, by extension, members of the Civil Service. I can assure civil servants and the public that consultation will anchor the SAGE process going forward. We will consult all stakeholders before recommendations are implemented. The process will also see the Government assess what recommendations can be implemented in the first year and the formulation of a timetable for recommendations that can be implemented in the following years. I look forward to a full and frank debate in the House as we continue to work to revive our economy through policies and actions that grow the economy and jobs on the one hand and government efficiencies on the other.”