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Friday, December 13, 2013
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Ministry, Cariri collaborate on innovation
The Ministry of Public Administration in collaboration with Cariri hosted a sensitisation session on Innovation in the Public Service for senior public officers in government ministries and agencies. The session, first of a series of training workshops aimed at innovation capacity and capability building in the public service, took place last Wednesday at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre.
The sensitisation session sought to expose senior public officers to the fundamental tenets of innovation including the tools and techniques required to foster the creation of an enabling environment implement in which creativity and innovation can thrive.
Minister of Public Administration Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, said: “I see innovation as a core activity of the public sector. It helps public services to improve performance and increase public value. It makes us respond to the expectations of citizens and adapt to the needs of users and, at the same time, it forces us to increase service efficiency and minimise costs.” She added: “At the macro or national level, we know that competitiveness and innovation can be facilitated or hampered by the approach of the public service.”
Pointing to the most recent World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report, Minister Seepersad-Bachan said the public sector has to be the catalyst for innovation in all the other sectors, especially the private sector. “This is the only way we can improve our global ranking,” she said.
Also addressing the session was Hayden Ferreira, chairman of Cariri, who said: “Given its crucial role as service provider, regulator and employer of a significant portion of the labour force, the public service must be at the vanguard of innovative change and this can only be realised by according primacy to cultural change, recognising that the innovation dynamic in the public sector would revolve mainly around service, process and organisational change.”
Over the next few weeks, the ministry and Cariri will undertake five workshops on fostering a culture of innovation for public officers of ministries and agencies that are currently involved in the pilot of the T&T Diamond Standard Certification Programme. Innovation is one of the eight criteria for Diamond Certification.
Cariri will be conducting the workshops using a process called The Medici Effect which seeks to bring together different disciplines, fields and cultures to develop and explore new ideas. The methodology seeks to demystify the concept of innovation, unleash the creative potential of employees to bring about sustainable efficiency, faster delivery, cost savings and an overall increased dynamism in the public service.
Such outcomes will strengthen the public service to develop and implement public policy to enable better decision-making and delivery of services.
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