- 04 November, 2016:
The annual Civil Service Kermesse organised by the Public Officers’ Welfare Council (POWC), which operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, is scheduled for Sunday 6 November 2016 on the Gymkhana Grounds, Vacoas.
The opening ceremony will be performed by the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development and Disaster and Beach Management, Mr Alain Wong.
During a press conference in Port Louis yesterday, Minister Wong elaborated on the various arrangements made for the event. According to him, the Kermesse, which is one of the major activities of the POWC, is an opportunity for public officers, their families and members of the public to meet and interact in a convivial atmosphere. He further pointed out that the Kermesse which has been organised since 1992 attracts around 125 000 people annually.
The Kermesse which is at its 23rd edition aims at bringing together public officers and their families to interact in a stress-free and friendly environment. It also provides an opportunity for Staff Welfare Associations of different ministries and departments to raise funds so as to organise their respective welfare activities. A total of 64 stalls will be put at the disposal of the associations.
This year the Kermesse will have special features including marchpast by the disciplined forces, défilé of police vehicles and fire fighting vehicles as well as a blood donation by the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life.
It will be recalled that the POWC is a corporate body and its main purpose is to promote the welfare of public officers and their families. The Council’s objective is to organise recreational and leisure activities such as Civil Service Kermesse, sports competitions (Badminton, Volleyball, Football), culinary exhibition, debate and essay competitions.
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