Public Service Day is being celebrated under the theme “Providing Quality Service Through Positive Attitudes, Passion and Commitment.”
Cabinet Secretary, in the Prime Minister’s Office, Darrel Montrope addressed the congregation and acknowledged the dedication of the majority of public servants who set positive examples.
Public Services are windows through which people view the progress of government and the country, Montrope says, and as such he urged public servants to embrace and foster innovation and change.
A transformation of the Public Service, Montrope says, requires cultural changes at all levels.
“Saint Lucia, like many other countries in the world, faces a very difficult and challenging period. To successfully navigate the turbulence with which we are confronted, we must further transform our Public Service to ensure that it is fit for a purpose and it is affordable. The challenges that we face demand new thinking, a more creative approach to the organisation and delivery of public services and an ongoing commitment to innovation. We must ensure that the personnel have the capacity, commitment and knowledge for such innovation.”
The Cabinet Secretary says public servants must embrace the transformation agenda with vigour, by managing resources and expertise more efficiently in order to dramatically accelerate the pace of progress in the country.
Delivering the Homily of the service, Bishop Emmanuel McClauren echoed the sentiments of the Cabinet Secretary. “Providing Quality Service Through Positive Attitudes, Passion and Commitment is an imperative. Without the necessary competence, or trying to do anything without the necessary skills or tools, according to Ecclesiastes 10:10 is like chopping wood with a dull axe. If your tool is dull, you should sharpen it to do a better job. Similarly if you lack skills you should sharpen them through training and practice.”
Bishop McClauren urged public servants to discover and fulfil their individual purpose in order to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.