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Our work ethic was also considered the main factor

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Our work ethic was also considered the main factor that limited the country’s competitive- ness ranking on the 2015/2016 Global Compe- tiveness Index. Further, employers continue to complain about the perpetuation of make-work programmes, which hinder the nation’s produc- tivity and competitiveness by fostering a culture of dependency. The issue of low productivity and poor work ethic is a comprehensive one that requires a multi-faceted approach in order to successfully change the culture. In the short term, Government and employers must ensure that work rules are adhered to and sanctions enforced while providing a safe, amenable envi- ronment for employees through conformance to labour and health and safety laws. Within the public service meritorious performance must be recognised and rewarded. 4. ADHERENCE TO THE RULE OF LAW AND ENFORCEMENT OF STRICTER PENALTIES FOR CORRUPT PRACTICES The country’s VABs regarding rule of law, author- ity, an increased tolerance and acceptance of violence, reduced respect for life and the lack of prosecution of corrupt practices will continue to hinder our advancement towards Vision 2030. It will also continue to affect the equitable distribu- tion of resources if not addressed. As a small island economy, much emphasis is placed on connections in accessing goods and services and for advancement, rather than adherence to the rules. The data 65-66 V I S I O N 2 0 3 0 N AT I O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T S T R AT E GY 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 3 0 Making the Necessary Adjustments P H O T O : M E D I A M I L L LT D . Behind the scenes film production with MediaMill, Pixel Play and Anthony Fung
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shows that perceptions of corrup- tion is partly manifested in the form of lack of confidence in the justice system, particularly the protective services, due to low detection and prosecution of crime. To curb these negative cultural factors, Govern- ment will embark upon a comprehensive legisla- tive agenda to tackle corruption including Asset Forfeiture, Whistle Blower Protection and Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act, as well as legislation to further empower agencies like the Police Complaints Authority. 5. GREATER ENVIRONMENTAL CARE AND SENSITIVITY An integral part of being a developed country is demonstrating care and respect for the environment . Much more needs to be done in relation to pollution reduction, the manage- ment of waste, and conservation of our ecosystems and biodiversity. More responsible behaviours towards energy conservation and the reduction of our carbon footprint is needed. Our approach to water con- servation must be changed, as well as our resil- ience to the impacts of climate change. Further, more environmentally friendly modes of transport have to be adopted. Changes in these behaviour patterns can have significant cumulative impacts.
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