Better Public Services. Better Public Policies. Skilled Workforce.
The Public Administration Sector
The Samoa Public Administration comprises of government entities which fall under the following categories: (a) Ministries, (b) Constitutional bodies, (c) Statutory Bodies, (d) State Owned Enterprises. It is the collective machinery of government (policies, rules, procedure, systems, organizational structures, personnel and so forth) funded by its budget and responsible for the discharge of public office functions and service delivery.
The Public Administration Sector Plans
The first Public Administration Sector Plan was from 2007 – 2011; the second one was from 2013/14 – 2017/18. The previous sector plans aimed to build upon the path of public sector management reforms implemented by the Government since the 1990s. The first PASP served as a baseline and platform for reforms in the Law and Justice, Public Finance and Community Sectors.
The long-term outcome (formerly referred to as the ‘vision’) for the new PASP 2020/21 – 2024/25 is to become a “trusted, citizen-focused, public administration”. By the end of the 5-year period, the Sector hopes to have achieved the following – better public services, better public policies, and a skilled workforce.
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SECTOR GOVERNANCE
The Public Administration Sector Steering
The Steering Committee is responsible for oversight of the implementation of the Public Administration Sector Plan.
Its composition includes stakeholder entities which has the responsibility of implementing the important components of activities identified in the PASP. It constitutes the CEO of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Chairman or a member of the PSC, CEOs of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry for Public Enterprises, Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, and representatives of the National University of Samoa, Samoa Bureau of Statistics, the private sector and civil society.
The Public Administration Sector Coordination Division
The Division coordinates, monitors and facilitates the implementation of the Public Administration Sector Plan 2020/21 – 2024/25. It also implements some activities as it deems fit, to support its role as secretariat. The Division is also the Secretariat for the Public Administration Sector Steering Committee, as well as the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) Coordinating Committee. The Team provides support to the Chairman of the PSC in his role as the national focal point for the UNCAC in Samoa.
The Division comprises of the Assistant Chief Executive Officer/Sector Coordinator, and 2 Principal Officers.