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PUBLIC SERVICE COMMEMORATED
13/07/12
The United Nations (UN) holds a Public Service Awards Ceremony each year. Botswana like other nations celebrated the Public Service Convention and UN Public Service day celebrations on the 21st to 23rd of June 2012 under the theme “Innovation for Citizen Engagement and Effective Governance: Creating a Better Life for All.”

 The United Nations (UN) holds a Public Service Awards Ceremony each year. Botswana like other nations celebrated the Public Service Convention and UN Public Service day celebrations on the 21st to 23rd of June 2012 under the theme “Innovation for Citizen Engagement and Effective Governance: Creating a Better Life for All.” This event was attended by Senior Government officials, Civil Society Organizations, Parastatals, Private Sector Organizations and the general public.

The purpose of the day was to recognize that democracy and successful governance are built on the foundation of a competent civil service. It also aimed at celebrating the value and virtue of service to the community. Activities of the day included: information days featuring stalls and booths about the public service; internal awards ceremonies within public service agencies or departments; and special announcements to honor Public Service Employees.

“We have to rejoice that Botswana has joined the international community in commemorating this historical day. This is the day during which the most innovative initiatives in the public sector around the globe are recognized,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation when officially opening the ceremony. In adding to that he noted that despite the enormous challenges of service delivery, this gathering gives us an invaluable opportunity to reflect and renew our thinking on leadership, public administration and innovation for the betterment of service delivery to the people we are entrusted to serve.

The convention also provided opportunities for civil servants operating at various levels across government to come together in order to showcase best practices in improving their service delivery, while examining overarching strategic issues. Members of the public viewed the exhibitions and further interacted with public service providers, while giving their own feedback on current service delivery and ways to improve it.

A number of awards were given at this convention. The best stall award was given to The People’s Ministry. There were also additional awards categories including WITS projects winners, best Ministry performance and the best student essay competition winners.

 

 

 

 

 

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