The first edition of the National Productivity and Quality Convention (NPQC), an initiative of the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC), will be held in August this year and in respect to the forthcoming convention, a portal and the logo dedicated to the NPQC were officially launched by the Executive Director of the NPCC, Mr. Deepak Balgobin, yesterday at Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel in Port Louis.
The platform which is a premier of its kind will serve for quality and productivity practitioners from public and private organisations in Mauritius and Rodrigues to showcase their value creation projects in the fields of productivity and quality and eventually compete in three different categories namely Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
The NPQC encourages local organisations to share their best operational practices, processes, systems and initiatives and learn from the experiences of others. It also provides an opportunity to mark the achievements of teams who have been responsible for creating and/or managing productivity and quality improvements at their workplace.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Balgobin stated that the portal provides information on the aims and objectives of the convention as well as guidelines on registration and participation. He emphasised the importance to motivate enterprises to strive through sustained efforts to enhance productivity and quality with emphasis on team work. Currently, he added, Mauritius is gearing up to become a high income nation and for this to happen, it is of utmost importance that we encourage and further promote the culture of quality, productivity and innovation in all our activities.
Furthermore, Mr Balgobin invited various organisations to participate in the different categories of the convention, namely small and medium private enterprises with an annual turnover of less than Rs 50 million, large private enterprises with an annual turnover of more than Rs50 million as well as Government departments and parastatal bodies.
He also announced that the winners of the Gold Award will have the opportunity to present their projects to a panel of international judges in the aftermath of the convention. The six best teams, he added, will be offered the opportunity to participate in the International Convention for Quality Control Circles (ICQCC 2018) in Singapore from 22 to 25 October 2018. This membership will open opportunities for future networking between the NPCC and the other member countries, he added.
During the months of June and July, the NPCC will provide coaching and advice to the participating teams in an effort to help them deliver a strong presentation. Videos on the steps to organise the presentations will be displayed on the NPQC website.
Source: Government of Mauritius