Address of Hon A.S Jeewah, Minister of Civil Service Affairs and Administrative Reforms on the occasion of The Launching Ceremony of The Award Courses for Officers of the General Services Cadre (Second Batch) on 17 January, 2005 at 10 00 Hours at the University of Technology, Mauritius
Mr. Ponnusamy, Senior Chief Executive, Ministry of Civil Service Affairs
and Administrative Reforms
Mr. Mudhoo, Permanent Secretary
Professor Coupe, Director General, University of Technology, Mauritius
Dr. Durbarry, Head of School of Public Sector Policy and Management
Trainers and Resource Persons
Senior Officers of my Ministry,
Representatives of Trade Unions,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me great pleasure to be with you this morning for the launching of this second batch of trainees embarking for th full time Award Courses as recommended by the PRB in its 2003 Report.
Let me first of all recall the objectives of the Award Courses. These award courses have been mount collaboration of University of Technology, Mauritius and designed with a view to acquainting Officers of the General Service, with the new concepts and latest trends in Public Sector Management, developing effective inter-personal and communication skills and understanding the importance of Information and Communication Technologies, Customer Care and the Administrative Reforms Process. These training programmes bear testimony to my Ministry's commitment to implement the recommendations made by the PRB in its 2003 Report.
As pointed out in my address for the launching of this programme for the first batch of trainees in 2004 and as promised, we have ascertained that adequate review mechanisms for gauging the effectiveness and relevance of these training programmes exist to ensure effective feedback and follow-up. I am pleased to learn that the first cohort of trainees, some 110 in number, has proposed some workable improvements to the training programmes and with the consensus obtained both with the trade unions representatives and UTM, remedial actions have already been taken in order to further enhance and flex the programme to satisfy the needs of each and every party. Also as from now on, arrangements have been made to take on board, Officers from para-statal bodies as well. This will definitely give an opportunity to participants to have a wider cross -sectoral exposure.
These training courses will no doubt promote and support wide-ranging changes in the Public Service, with particular emphasis on new public management, performance and accountability, while at the same time nurturing the highest standards of ethical behaviour among public officers. I wish here to encourage public officers to make the most of this laudable project in order to drive the reform strategies and make the change process a real success.
My Ministry's Action Plan 2004-2005 is based on a common vision of improving the quality of life of our citizens and establishes a sense of direction, a mission to achieve a whole set of projects and programmes within a given time frame. The Action Plan also focuses on strategic objectives, which aim at bringing significant changes within a medium term perspective with particular emphasis on Training Needs Assessment, Human Resource Development and Good Governance.
As you may be aware, the Indian Authorities have provided us for one year with the services of four ITEC Experts to assist us in the elaboration of a Training Needs Assessment (TNA) for the whole civil service. The Experts are in Mauritius since July 2004. They are attached to my Ministry and they have already started their assignment. Over and above the training of trainers programme, they will also help in the formulation of a training policy following the TNA and the preparation of a plan laying down the training strategy in the civil service.
In line with those strategic objectives, a multi-faceted approach is being adopted by my Ministry to spearhead administrative reforms so as to enable the delivery of timely and quality services to the public and act as a catalyst for the development of human resources in the Civil Service.
Ladies & Gentlemen
The present Government has a clear mandate to set the country on a path of sustained economic growth and has created conditions for the growth of the ICT sector. Our vision is to develop Mauritius into a modern and flourishing economy, enhance its competitiveness in the global market and improve the quality of life of the people. To face the challenges ahead, we need trained and knowledgeable Public Officers at all levels, so as to achieve excellence in the delivery of services and become a world class Public Service.
On this point, I wish to add that Government is fully aware of the importance of human resource development, which should now be recognized as part and parcel of the principles of good governance and strategic management.
I sincerely wish that you make the most of these full time courses at the UTM, where you will have the opportunity to learn, interact and share experience. I take this opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful collaboration of Professor Coupe and his able team not only in the mounting of these award Courses, but also in associating with my Ministry on a number of other training programmes for the benefit of Public Officers in Mauritius and Rodrigues.
With these words, Ladies and Gentlemen I have the pleasure to formally launch the Award Courses for Higher Executive Officers, Executive Officers and Confidential Secretaries.
Thank you for your kind attention.