23 Sep 2003

Review to determine future size of Solomons public service

4:40 pm on 23 September 2003

The head of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says it is yet to determine how big a public service the country needs.

Nick Warner says efforts are now being made to improve the administration after the Mission's initial focus on collecting illegally held weapons.

Mr Warner is contradicting claims by public unions that there is a lack of consultations on how the administration is being shaped.

He says in efforts to improve governance, the Mission is looking at finding non-existent employees who are on the payroll.

"The first step is to ensure that all public servants are paid on time and the Regional Assistance Mission has been able to achieve that in the short time that has been here. The second step is to identify ghost employees. The third step is to work with the unions, work with the government to determine what size public service this country needs."