The National Productivity and Quality Convention 2019 (NPQC), an initiative of the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC), culminated with an award ceremony on 31 May 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Balaclava. The Minister of Financial Services and Good Governance, Mr Dharmendar Sesungkur, the Ambassador of Japan to Mauritius, Mr Yoshiharu Kato, the Chairman of the NPCC, Mr Sanjiv Mulloo, the Executive Director of NPCC, Mr Deepak Balgobin and other personalities were present.
The grand winners of the NPQC 2019 under the three categories were: Small & Medium private enterprises: Neel Trading & Facilities Ltd, and SS Business School Ltd; Large private enterprises: Phoenix Beverages Ltd, and Natec Medical Ltd; and Government bodies: Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, and Employees Welfare Fund.
The Grand Winners will have the opportunity to participate in the 2019 International Convention on Quality Control Circles to be held in Tokyo in September. The event will be organised by the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers under the theme “Creating a Brighter Future Through Total Quality Management and Quality Circle Activities”.
In his address, Minister Sesungkur underlined that the NPQC 2019 is in line with Government’s governance philosophy which is to relentlessly pursue better standards of quality and higher levels of productivity as it provides an exceptional opportunity for businesses to re-invent, reshape and upgrade. Government, he indicated, has introduced a range of reforms and initiatives to spur productivity and competitiveness. They include: the adoption of the Business Facilitation Act, finalisation of the Financial Sector Blueprint, and programmes to support youth skill development, small-scale entrepreneurs, and female labour force participation.
The Minister also dwelt on the four imperatives which, according to him, are important for long-term economic growth as well as to enhance capability and improve productivity. They are namely, Investment, Investment in our People, Happiness Quotient of our workforce, and Work – Play Balance.
He also congratulated the NPCC in its endeavour to champion a culture of productivity through the organisation of such awards, adding that improved productivity is critical to maintain our competitive edge. The ability to grow productivity rates and create value amidst challenges is central to continued economic growth, he added.
For his part, the Ambassador of Japan to Mauritius, Mr Yoshiharu Kato, praised Mauritius for joining the Convention and said that country will get significant exposure and benefit from foreign technical experience. As regards technical assistance from Japan, he pointed out that Japan is willing to contribute to the sound development of the Mauritian industry as well as its human resources.
As for the chairman of the NPCC, Mr Sanjiv Mulloo, he said that the NPCC is striving to bring to Mauritius world standards and best management practices and tools so as to boost businesses and increase productivity and profits. He urged for more exchanges in terms of ideas and experiences among local organisations and expressed the wish to see more local organisations participating in NPQC.
The Executive Director of the NPCC, Mr. Deepak Balgobin said that the NPQC 2019 has witnessed a growing enthusiasm among local organisations to showcase their productivity and quality projects and to make Mauritius a high-income nation. The assessment of the projects in the Convention, he indicated, witnessed a high level of dedication to the practice of continuous improvement at all levels.
The National Productivity and Quality Convention 2019
The NPQC 2019 saw the participation of more than 350 delegates from public and private organisations. The entries were divided into three categories, namely Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs); large companies; and public sector organisations which competed for the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
Around 106 projects related to productivity and quality improvement were entered in the Convention and were assessed by local jurors. The Embassy of Japan in Mauritius was the honorary partner of the NPQC 2019.Source: Government Information Service