We (the taxpayers) need better value for the large amounts of cash we hand to our Government to spend on our behalf. Strengthening of our young Social Partnership is essential and is possibly the best solution now. The current partnership however needs more substance,direction and accountability. Its time to take it to the next level.
How about the Social Partnership being held responsible for developing and constantly updating and reporting on the National Strategic Plan and on how well it is being implemented?
Such a model could be constructed on a non-partisan platform(representing all stakeholders) and would keep Politicians as well as Labour and Private Sector leaders on their toes. Bi-annual reports through Parliament and public debate would ensure action is taken.
What gets measured gets done.
With its long term vision(up to 25 years ahead say), the National Strategic Plan would be ‘owned’ by the entire public after much consultation and dialogue. Once settled and agreed then it is only a matter of updating it as we progress and as circumstances around us change. It would have clear specific actionable goals with accountability,deadlines and resources defined etc.
In Barbados such an approach is possible as we all pretty much agree on the general strategy for the country.We don’t have major differences in the vision for Barbados in our two main political parties. The rest is nuances and political one-upmanship. We would then genuinely all be in the same boat rowing in one mutually-agreed direction. Elections could then be driven by Political Parties convincing voters of their competencies and plans (priorities and tactics) to deliver on the SP’s clearly enunciated goals.
Deliver or else !!
Wouldn’t such a Governance Model be a huge improvement on what pertains at present? I expect there are Constitutional Scholars who will want to comment.