As reported in the EPP Booklet 2001-02, we allow bureaux,
departments and subvented organisations to set their own pace in meeting
the 5% cumulative savings target by 2002-03. As it turns out, 42 of
these bodies (or over 40%) have over-achieved the cumulative 3% target
savings by 2001-02. Of these 42 bodies, 16 have achieved their overall
5% target savings and six are fairly close to it.
The road to enhancing public sector productivity should
not stop at 5%. EPP is not just about short-term savings. It seeks
to induce a paradigm shift, which encourages Controlling Officers
to continue striving for greater efficiency and productivity, and
continue with the EPP spirit so as to achieve lasting improvements
in public service. Enhancing public sector productivity is our pledge
to the community. We will not allow complacency to creep in. With
the management culture changing and experience growing, the public
sector is set to become yet more enterprising. Looking ahead, we will
continue to be committed to improving the management and operation
of the public sector, and find new ways such as through private sector
participation and outsourcing, to deliver quality service to the community
in a more flexible and cost-effective manner.
A successful paradigm shift hinges on collaborative efforts. We welcome your views on the way forward to enhance public sector productivity and the next step to take forward. Please let us have a short article (about 100 to 500 words), with your name, post and department.