The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service, Mr Ishmael Avui said public officers throughout the Solomon Islands Public Service are required to attend a training program so that they understand their responsibilities under the new Code of Conduct.
Mr Avui said the training program, which began last Thursday in Honiara, is essential to raise awareness about the Code of Conduct inside the Public Service, and to enable proper enforcement of the Code.
“The Code of Conduct is a guide to ethical behavior. It provides a minimum standard of conduct and work performance for public officers,” Mr Avui said.
“We cannot properly enforce the Code if public officers don’t understand their responsibilities under the Code.
“The training will provide public officers with some practical tools to help them apply the Code of Conduct.
“It is necessary to provide training for 3,500 public officers in Honiara and another 1,000 in the Provinces, so this is an ambitious but essential program, and it will take several months to deliver.”
Mr Avui said that public officers inside the Ministry of Public Service including the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), are the first to attend the training session.
The Code of Conduct training program will then be provided to Permanent Secretaries, Under Secretaries and Human Resource Managers, and then to all ministries.
Training in the Provinces will coincide with the scheduled program of IPAM courses planned for this year.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service said that public officers will be informed about the timing of the training program for their ministry by their Permanent Secretaries, Under Secretaries or Human Resource Managers.
“I expect that Under Secretaries and Human Resource Managers will play a key role in interpreting the Code of Conduct for their colleagues in ministries.”