CSSI holds major conference

THE Correctional Services of Solomon Islands (CSSI) has organised a high level meeting for its top officials this week in Honiara.

The meeting that draws in all CSSI’s Provincial Centre Commandants and Directors of all functional Units was officially opened yesterday by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services (MPNS & CS) Mr Bernard Telei.

This is the 12th Senior Managers Conference and the theme for this year’s conference is “Transform and Implementing Plans into Actions in CSSI”.

CSSI Commissioner Mr Francis Haisoma in his opening remarks said, “The theme of this conference speaks well for itself, it’s not only transforming or reforming but transform in various aspects in our personal lives because it is important.

“If you are not transform in your personal life, you cannot transform the organisation.

“This is a challenge and call to be united and a time we provide our reform and transform our plans and implementation.”

Haisoma reiterated that the Senior Managers Conference is the highest forum in CSSI; and that it is during such meetings that leaders make reflections and think about issues, review them, set new goals, make plans, measure achievements in contrast to challenges that are being encountered in order to guide CSSI into achieving organisation goals that are aligned to the National Government’s Plans.

“So I appeal to all of us to fully participate in this conference, so that at the end of the week we will be able to achieve, what the intentions are.”

In his keynote address, Telei said, “the theme of this conference are relevant and important, not only a theme that you will focus on this week but one that you have to think about in your daily work as Senior Managers in the Correctional Service.

“This provides the platform for you to continue to review and advance with implementing plans that will transform CSSI as an organisation.

“CSSI has been transitioned from a Prison Service to a Correction Service and I commend you Commissioner and Senior Managers for undertaking this transitional change and for accepting the work challenges to implement the transition.

“It is now time to make changes to CSSI by transformation. The responsibility to transform the institution falls entirely on you Senior Managers who are here today.

“The Government through the Ministry will always stand to support CSSI in any plans for developing the institution. It is within the policy of the current Government to strengthen and support the operational functions of CSSI to ensure effective and efficient provision of Correctional Services.”

The conference will cover, the Commissioner report, Review of CSSI Acts & Regulation, CSSI Scheme of Service, Human Resource Establishment, Departmental Updates of Annual Work Plans, Gender Focus and Staff Association.

The Senior Managers Conference will be officially closed this Friday.


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