GIS– 28 February, 2020: Forty six newly appointed Assistant Permanent Secretaries (APS) who have successfully followed a five-day Induction Course conducted by the Civil Service College, received certificates, yesterday, during an award ceremony organised jointly by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Public Service, Administrative and Institutional Reforms and the Civil Service College, at the Treasury Building in Port-Louis.
Present on the occasion, the Minister of Public Service, Administrative and Institutional Reforms, Mr Teeruthraj Hurdoyal, pointed out that as APS, they will often be called upon to play a vital role in ensuring the timely and effective implementation of the Government Programme. The Programme 2020-2024, he recalled, makes a clear reference to the implementation of the Public Sector Business Transformation strategy with a “whole-of-Government” approach and supports a holistic and a comprehensive way to assemble resources and expertise from multiple agencies and groups in order to address challenges with interrelated social and economic causes.
Minister Hurdoyal called on Public Officers to cultivate new skills to take up the challenge of carrying higher and diverse responsibilities and have the resilience to embrace change by evolving from a traditional organisational setup and culture into a lean, agile and team-oriented organisation.
He also spoke about the importance of embracing the digital economy which is driven by the emergence of disruptive technologies, notably, Artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and Fintech, amongst others, and cultivating the inquisitive mindset so as to influence on the adoption of best practices and innovation in Government service delivery.
Speaking about corruption in the Public Service, Mr Hurdoyal appealed for an active engagement of public servants to create an organisational culture which promotes a corrupt-free public service and to comply with the code of conduct for public officers. He recalled that commitment to fight corruption at his Ministry is one of the most important, if not the key precondition for success, adding that a strong signal will be sent so as to ensure that the Public Service remains a corruption free environment.
On this score, Minister Hurdoyal stated, his Ministry is working in close collaboration with the Independent Commission against Corruption in reviewing the existing collaborative framework to include measurable indicators in order to ensure Public Officers are fully sensitised on the need for strict compliance with the provision of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
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