GIS– 4 November 2015: A Seminar on Public Management organised by the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms in collaboration with the Academy of International Business Officials of the Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China kicked off yesterday at the Open University of Mauritius, Curepipe.
Present at the opening ceremony, the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Mr Alain Wong stated that this is the first time that such courses are being run in Mauritius and they will be highly favorable to a greater number of officers.
According to him, this occasion which is unique represents a golden opportunity to further strengthen the ties between Mauritius and China. As a clear indication of the growing relationship between our countries, the Chinese Authorities have willingly delegated four experts to impart their knowledge and skills to our public officers, he added.
These last few years, said the Minister, hold testimony to the fact that China and Mauritius have been evolving in a complementary manner. “There are no two countries more Yin and Yang than China and Mauritius. That is, we share some common values and practices” he pointed out.
In the wake of global changes and challenges ahead of Mauritius, international cooperation in the form of expertise from China is the much needed lifebuoy which our country needs to ensure a favorable position among the emerging economies, underlined Mr Wong. “Mauritius can become a gateway to Africa. However, for this development to be possible, capacity building is essential”, he stated.
Moreover, he added that in this modernised and complex world we live in, it is crucial to ensure that our people, who are our only resource, are efficient and productive. This goal can only be achieved through continuous capacity building. Only then, will it be possible for them to contribute positively towards socio-economic development, said the Minister.
Mr Wong recalled that the Civil Service College Mauritius has been set up to cater for the growing training and development needs of Public Officers at all levels, including those from local Authorities and Parastatals. He announced that the Board is currently working on its first training programmes and is giving priority to Customer Service Excellence and Leadership for Change courses which will be launched shortly.
The College, he added, will surely work in collaboration with the Chinese Authorities in order to contribute to translating the vision of Government to bring transformation and positive changes though continuous professional development and growth in the Public Sector.
It is to be noted that the Chinese Authorities have been offering regular capacity building programmes in China under the “Multilateral Training Programmes for officers of African countries”. As at date some one thousand five hundred Public Officers have undergone training in China under the Technical and Bilateral Agreements. Those officers have been exposed in various domains such as Health Care, Agriculture and Fisheries, Infrastructural planning, Climatic Change, renewable Energy and Public Management, among others.
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