A five-day seminar on Leadership and Strategic Management, at the initiative of the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Governance of the People's Republic of China and the Civil Service College, Mauritius, kicked off this morning at the Open University of Mauritius, Forest Side.

The Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Mr Eddy Boissezon, the Director-General of the Civil Service College, Mauritius, Prof Ramesh Durbarry, the Director-General of the Chinese Academy of Governance, Prof Wang Manchuan, and other personalities were present at the event.

The seminar aims at fostering the required drive, determination and commitment in leaders in different Ministries so as to ensure that there is sustainability, continuous improvement and betterment of the service in Government. Participants are expected to acquire leadership skills that are important for the success of the organisation; devise strategic plans in order to reach the organisation's vision; and develop a critical mind. They should also develop coaching skills so as to empower team members and be able to manage projects and identify challenges that may crop up at different stages.

In his address, the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms highlighted that 50 officers not below the grade of Assistant Permanent Secretary have been chosen to participate in the five-day seminar. Participants, pointed out the Minister, will have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills so that they can devise strategic plans, develop a critical mind and improve their coaching skills in order to empower team members and manage projects.

Minister Boissezon underscored that enhancement of human capital is a crucial factor in capacity building and capability development. Innovative behaviour of employees, he added, is of great significance to organisational effectiveness since employees are the ones who devise and implement innovative endeavours.

He commended the People's Republic of China for its continuous support and assistance at all levels to the Republic of Mauritius and emphasised that cooperation between the two countries is a longstanding engagement. The Minister also underlined that Mauritius, over the last decade, has been one of the largest beneficiaries of training opportunities and facilities offered by the Chinese Government.

For his part, Prof Wang Manchuan stated that, as Mauritius and China are pursuing some common goals in public service development, it is beneficial for the two countries to have more bilateral communications and exchanges in public service betterment, besides cooperation in trade and tourism.

Source: Government of Mauritius