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The second staging of the Ministry of Finance and Planning’s annual quiz competition got underway yesterday (January 24), as two teams comprising staff members from the Ministry’s Public Enterprise and Economic Divisions faced off in the first of the seven-round contest.
In a brief ceremony preceding the quiz, Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. Omar Davies praised the competition as being an excellent idea, and wished the competitors good luck.
“I think we all realise that apart from working in the same place, we need initiatives like this to stimulate a sense of belonging, even though we have a competition,” the Minister said.
Addressing the contestants as well as the scores of staff members who gathered in the Ministry’s penthouse to cheer on their favourite team, Minister Davies added, “let the competition be intense but at the end of it, it is just a competition and we are all members of the same family”.
State Minister in the Ministry, Senator Deika Morrison, reiterated that the concept of the competition was a good one, “as it was a well established principle of management that competition brings clear rewards in the motivation and teaching of staff”.
Senator Morrison told the Ministry’s staff that the material knowledge they stood to gain through the competition, could also benefit the organisation.
“The better we understand our jobs, and the jobs of others, and the roles and functions of the departments, then the better we will be able to make meaningful contributions to the work of the Ministry of Finance and Planning for the benefit of all our stakeholders,” she said.
State Minister, Fitz Jackson and Financial Secretary, Colin Bullock were also on hand, and extended greetings to the gathering.
The primary objectives of the quiz competition are, to foster better information sharing among staff and across divisions in the Ministry; to improve the interaction among staff members; and to develop a greater awareness of the functions of the Finance Ministry and government.
Other than testing the knowledge of contestants about the work of both the Finance Ministry and government, questions in the quiz also covered such categories as general knowledge, science, mathematics, and sports.Following an intense game that spanned three sections, the Economic Division emerged winners, beating the Public Enterprise Division, 39 to 22.
A total of four rounds are to be played in the first round of the quiz competition, followed by two rounds in a successive round, culminating with the playoffs to determine the winner on February 23.
Sponsors donating prizes and cash to the competition include COK Co-operative Credit Union, Digicel, GraceKennedy Company Limited, National Commercial Bank, Nestle Jamaica Limited, Novelty Trading Company, Ueishima Coffee Company, Lascelles Merchandise Limited, and WB Trophies.
The Minister, State Ministers, and Financial Secretary will also contribute prizes and trophies to the winners.