A post consultation briefing on the assessment of the state of the Public Service was held on the 20th March, 2019 at the Development Bank of Samoa (DBS) Building, level 6 Conference Room.

The Report on the findings from the assessment culminated months of extensive research and consultations undertaken by Dr. Gerald Gahima, Ms. Vanessa Barlow Shuster and Mr. Toesulusulu Cedric Shuster.

The assessment also included an assessment of the level of integration of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in government.

The consultation was opened by the Chairman of the Public Service Commission, who is also the Chairperson for the Public Administration Sector Steering Committee (PASSC); Aiono Mose Pouvi Sua. This was followed by a presentation delivered by the lead consultant Dr. Gerald Gahima. The findings on the mainstreaming of DRM was presented on by Mr. Shuster.

The main purpose of the briefing was to provide more opportunities for agencies that had been consulted to validate and provide feedback on the findings and analysis of the consultants. The stakeholders were also given additional time to peruse the Report following the initial briefing, and provide any final comments before the Report is finalized.

Going forward, it is expected that the assessment of the state of the public service report will contribute significantly to the context of the new PASP.