‘Company exhibitions foster innovation’

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Rethabile Pitso

PUBLIC Service Minister Tsukutlane Au on Tuesday launched an exhibition by companies showcasing various products and services as part of belated Public Service Day celebrations at the Government Complex in Maseru.

Public Service Day is set to be commemorated on 6 November 2015 under the theme “Embracing public and private sector creativity, innovation and technology for the citizens’ needs”. It is normally celebrated on June 23 of every year, but was delayed in Lesotho since the period usually coincides with the onset of winter.

The Public Service Day schedule of activities started off with sporting events for civil servants on 10 October. It was followed by exhibitions by various private and public companies outside the Finance House building which were expected to end on Friday. Among the organisations exhibiting their products and services was Econet Telecom Lesotho, Vodacom Lesotho, Standard Lesotho Bank, Nedbank, Metropolitan Lesotho, Water and Sewerage Company, Lesotho Revenue Authority, Central Bank of Lesotho, Lesotho National Development Corporation and Maluti Mountain Brewery.

The Public Service ministry has also organised a “fun walk” on 30 October 2015 from Thetsane filling station to Maseru Club. This would be followed by an award-giving ceremony for outstanding corporates on 6 November 2015.

In his remarks Mr Au lauded the companies, saying their contributions had assisted government in delivering services to the public.

“One of the most important reasons we have chosen to commemorate the Public Service Day was to honour the various sectors that work tirelessly to ensure that the public is provided with efficient services,” he said.

“These sectors include both government ministries and the private sector. Government alone cannot achieve its service delivery mandate without the valuable input of the private sector.”

On her part, Public Service Day Task Team representative, ‘Mamapeshoane ‘Montso, said the purpose of the award-giving ceremony was to motivate corporates to produce more innovative ways to better the lives of the public.

“These awards will be held on the basis of recognizing the companies with the most innovative methods of delivering services to the public,” said Ms ‘Montso.

“We have delegated a group of adjudicators to move around the exhibition stalls to assess the kinds of products and services they offer to the public.

“They will be looking to identify companies that incorporate creativity and innovation in their efforts to offer the best services.”

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