PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia in collaboration with the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council is organizing a “Productivity Awareness Week” during the period 13 – 18 October 2014.
This initiative forms part of the Government’s overall thrust to promote the awareness of productivity and to also showcase initiatives that are being undertaken by both the private and public sectors geared towards the promotion of productivity.
Therefore, this exercise will assist in inculcating productivity-consciousness among the citizenry. The theme for the week is: “Enhancing Productivity is our Responsibility”.
The objectives for the week are: to foster an awareness/understanding of productivity at all levels of society, to discuss measures that can be taken to enhance productivity in this current economic climate (both the private and public sectors) and to begin the process of inculcating a mindset change in our citizens.
Prior to the commencement of the week of activities, an essay competition with productivity as its theme will be held throughout the secondary schools. Targeted will be Form 3, Form 4 and Form 5 students. There will also be a Schools Debate Competition at tertiary level.
The week of events will include: a prize giving ceremony for both competitions will be held at SALCC on the morning of October 13th 2014, the official opening ceremony on October 14 and on that same day a panel discussion focusing on the results of the first ever national productivity study will be held.
Between October 15th, 16th and 17th, there will be public sector and private sector forums focusing on the theme ‘Improving productivity in our current economic situation/ attempting to have a mindset change” and to wrap up things, a cocktail reception will be hosted on October 17.
During the week, there will be the sharing of information on innovation and practical approaches to become a more productivity society. The week of activities will engage business leaders, managers, directors, media personnel, policy makers and government officials.
The NCPC productivity awareness week will ultimately work towards highlighting these findings and reinforcing the ideals of productivity that the council has already began addressing.