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Next few months ‘are going to be crucial’

Heidi Soulsby, Vice President Policy and Resources. (29368481)

Outlining the government’s work plan, which is a plan of action for the new assembly during this term, Deputy Heidi Soulsby, Vice President for Policy and Resources, said a new way of working was needed and they did not have the luxury of time.

‘The government work plan will only be a success if it belongs to the assembly.

‘While Policy & Resources guides the work and facilitates its development, she is not on the Policy & Resources Committee.

It’s not just the State Committees’ plan, either.

“To be successful, this must be the government’s plan for integrated action.

‘A plan that the congregation owns and its committees jointly execute.

“I was encouraged by the positive approach of the members and the understanding of what we need to do.

“I have to repeat that the next few months will be crucial.

“They will also be extremely difficult and very difficult decisions will have to be made.

‘But we shouldn’t be afraid of it; we have to accept it.

“After all, we did that last year.”

The overriding goal remains to bring the economy back to the level before the pandemic this year and to exceed the previous growth path of the economy within three years, ie to make optimal use of the opportunities and possibilities that lie ahead of us.

Better focus was achieved with the proposal to weed out 133 previous agreed resolutions of states, the oldest of which dates back to 1996.

A total of 46 restoration measures have been proposed, but these will be reduced over the course of the year.

Deputy Soulsby said it was a realistic plan and she described it as the key building blocks for the future.

The main word of the speech was the need to work “differently” and it was stressed that the plan is not static because “things happen”.

Deputy Soulsby hoped the meeting would learn some of the lessons of the past year.

“We now know that we will be among the best in the world when we put together a focused and collaborative program that is evidence and best practice based, properly resourced, monitored, and transparently reported, and works with our small community.

“It’s a daunting task and while we’re moving fast it’s impossible to do everything at once, which is why today’s keynote is what I like to refer to as the entrée amuse bouche or the main meal that will be the debate at July.

“But we have to take what worked well and do it again.

“The need is great, time is short and finances are tight.”

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