GIS – 12 August 2015: A workshop on The contribution of our youth for an efficient and effective public sector in Mauritius, an initiative of the Government Services Employees Association, kicked off this morning at Unity House, Beau Bassin, in the presence of the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Mr Alain Wong Yen Cheong.
The workshop is being organised in the context of International Youth Day which was established by the United Nations in 1999, and is observed annually on 12 August. International Youth Day is an opportunity for governments and other stakeholders to draw attention on youth issues worldwide, to raise awareness of the importance of youth participation and investing in youth.
In his address at the opening ceremony, the Minister stated that the engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development. It is therefore an opportunity for us to celebrate the creative force and the innovative impetus that young people bring to every society, he underlined.
According to him, more efforts will be needed to raise awareness about the importance of youth civic engagement and its benefits to the individual and to society, including for sustainable development as well as resilience and wellbeing.
The theme of this workshop, said Mr Wong Yen Cheong, allows us to reflect on how our youth can bring their contribution to materialise our vision for a professional public service committed to excellence. It is also worth noting that youth issues are receiving greater global attention now than ever before, he added.
“Youth are increasingly proving to be a force for change and therefore, we need to further reflect on whether our policies and programmes are strategically empowering our youth for sustainable development” the Minister pointed out.
The challenges facing the country are huge and the role of the public sector to put the country on the path of sustainable development is undeniable as it plays a key role in the lives of Mauritians in building and maintaining the competitiveness of our economy, he underscored, adding that now more than ever, the Mauritian Public Service needs to remain relevant and responsive in its service and have the courage and initiative to make changes and do things better.
Mauritius, stressed Mr Wong Yen Cheong, relies heavily on its human resources, the most important asset which has helped to overcome its natural handicaps and transform its people into additional assets for the country’s economic development. Therefore, investment in people development is becoming imperative, he said.
“This Government recognises that youth is one of the most valuable assets. I believe that with the right skills, these young people are exactly the force we need to drive progress across the global agenda and build more inclusive and vibrant societies”, stated the Minister.
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