12 June 2018

Botswana: Public Service Convention Is Here

Gaborone — Government employees from across the country will June 12-14 converge in Gaborone for a three-day 2018 Public Service Convention.

Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) Chief Public Relations Officer, Ms Morwalela Kesalopa said in an interview that the convention would be officially opened by President Mokgweetsi Masisi on June 12.

"As you are aware, public service is at the core of the nation's principles and public servants work each day to create and maintain a nation. So this year, we customised the theme: 'Delivering Quality Service for Sustainable Development: Key Towards Achieving Prosperity for All to suit our current needs here in Botswana," Ms Kesalopa said. She said Public Service Day was established under the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community at local, national and global level.

She said the event highlighted the contribution of public service in the development process, recognised the work of public servants as well as encouraging young people to pursue careers in the public sector.

During the celebrations, she said, public service employees were rewarded for creative achievements and contributions to public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration.

Public sector organisations would also be rewarded for contributions made to enhancing the role, prestige and visibility of the public service, Ms Kesalopa said.

Other activities leading up to the convention, she said, were wellness and fitness competitions among ministries with the aim of improving the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of every Motswana.

"You might be aware that government is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles, so this will form part of our events," she said.

Deputy Permanent Secretary to the President Mr Elias Magosi is expected to set the tone of what the public service is expected to deliver while UN Resident Representative Ms Jacinta Barrins will deliver on the UN's expectations of Public Service Day.

Other panelists include Coordinator of Thematic Working Group at the National Strategy Office, Ms Goaba Mosienyane as well as Public Enterprises and Privatisation Agency (PEEPA) CEO, Mr Ezekiel Moumakwa.

Prior to the convention, public service employees engaged in different activities including information days featuring stalls and booths about the public service, internal awards ceremonies and special announcements to honor public service employees for outstanding performance as well as games.

Botswana has been celebrating the United Nations Public Service Day (UNPSD) concurrently with the Botswana Public Service Convention since 2012.

Ms Kesalopa said celebrations had grown and improved significantly over the years.

Source : BOPA


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