The Ministry of Public Service is embarking on improving relations with stakeholders as part of its reform program.

The Ministry made the commitment following its participation in the three-day Sixth Pacific Public Service Commissioners Conference on ' Managing and Sustaining the Public Service Workforce' held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands September 1st and 3rd.

The Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Edmond Anderson, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service, Ishmael Avui, the Under-Secretary - Strategic Policy and Reform of the Public Service, Stanley Pirione and the Team Leader for the Public Service Improvement Program, David Nudd represented Solomon Islands.

The Ministry of Public Service says 40 high level participants from 13 countries in the region including representatives from the Australian Public Service and States Services Commission of New Zealand were in attendance.

The Solomon Islands' presentation at the conference highlighted the challenges and strategies facing the Public Service.

It says the Public Service reform agenda is a major step especially with the engagement of the Solomon Islands Government/Machinery of Government's Public Service Improvement Program.

The Program is embarking on fundamental human resource issues that include the production of a public service Code of Conduct and its possible launch in October and the launch of a human resources portal which will set up networking with other human resources managers and commissioners in the region.

The Program also stipulates continuous Ministry inspections to eradicate inconsistencies in the terms and conditions of employment and continuous update of data and information on the public service workforce.