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The challenges to sustaining public sector reform in Samoa

Amosa, Desmond U. (2007) The challenges to sustaining public sector reform in Samoa. Pacific Economic Bulletin, 22 (3). pp. 173-182. ISSN 0817-8038

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Abstract

Since the mid 1990s, public sector reform has been a major part of the economic reform process in Samoa. Leading the reform were senior officials from the central departments (Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Commission) and eventually foreign assistance, mainly from the Australian Government in the form of financial resources and expertise (Amosa 2003). This foreign assistance was necessary for two main reasons: the reform was costly to implement, and it required extensive experience to manage its complexity. At the turn of the century, the rhetoric about the reform slowed, signaling the end of the financial assistance from donors and the departure of expatriates. The enthusiasm, momentum, focus and language are no longer the same. Much of what is said now is about sustaining the reform. Interestingly, this stage does not attract as much publicity and energy compared to the earlier years - yet it is of equal importance. Hence, this paper examines how authorities of central ministries in Samoa can sustain the public sector reforms by focusing on mechanisms that are now in place, as well as suggesting several courses of action for improvement.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Others
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2007 11:54
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2012 15:14
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/42
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