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November 20 to 25 is being observed as Civil Service Week, and the occasion will be used to showcase some of Jamaica’s outstanding civil servants and highlight
“We look at some of the important things that are happening in the Civil Service during the year,” said Carol Royes, Senior Director in the Cabinet Office and chairperson of the organizing committee.
She noted that, “for instance, this year we are featuring our Consultation Code, which is just coming on stream. Also, we are highlighting the partnerships that the civil service has forged with other sectors for national development,” she stated.
The theme this year is: ‘Quality Public Service through Participation and Partnership’ and activities will commence with a national church service to be held at Saxthorpe Methodist on November 20, beginning at 9:15 a.m. Other church services will be held across the island.
Monday (Nov. 21) will be the official launch of Civil Service Week and the presentation of the nominees for the Civil Servant of the Year awards, at the Ministry of Finance and Planning. The guest speaker at the launch will be Professor Rex Nettleford.
Senator Burchell Whiteman, Minister of Information, will launch the Consultation Code on Tuesday (Nov. 22) at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.
In recognition of their service to the government and people of Jamaica, 310 civil servants will be honoured at the Long Service and Civil Servant of the Year awards ceremony, which will be held on Wednesday, November 23 at King’s House.
In addition, a public forum on Human Security is scheduled to take place at the Montego Bay Civic Centre in St. James on November 24 as well as the finals of the Jamaica Civil Service Association’s (JCSA) Secondary Schools quiz. On that day as well, there will be a graduation ceremony for civil servants under the Public Sector Employee Training Programme at Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville.
Mrs. Royes noted, “this is part of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreement with the unions to train our civil servants especially those at the lower level of the service, to give them additional skills.”
On Friday (Nov. 25), the Jamaica Social Policy Evaluation (JASPEV) billboard will be launched in Cross Roads, while in the afternoon a celebrity versus civil servant cricket match, and after work fete will take place at the Melbourne cricket ground. The proceeds of the event will go towards the Mustard Seed for children living with HIV/AIDS.
“Ambassador Courtney Walsh will be playing as well as Curtley Ambrose. The Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Carlton Davis, some ministers of government, permanent secretaries and other celebrities will be on hand to make this a truly memorable occasion,” Mrs. Royes said.