Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
Oct 21: The Ministry this year was awared the Commitment Award during the Service Excellence Awards ceremony last Friday.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said it was an honour for him to congratulate a selected few who had worked beyond the call of duty.
“All of you in this room contribute to building a better Fiji through the work you do in the service of the nation but tonight we honour those whose performance has been judged to be exceptional,” Commodore Bainimarama said during the Service Excellence Awards ceremony last night.
“These are the people who have gone beyond their call of duty, who represent the finest traditions of the Civil Service.
“To all of them I say: you are the backbone of Government, the people who keep the machinery of the State well oiled and turning properly.”
The prime minister commended winners for leading by example.
“It is your skill that is delivering best practice, your hard work that sets the standard for others, your integrity that keeps the Civil Service free of the widespread corruption that used to mar its performance,” Commodore Bainimarama said.
The prime minister said although there was incompetence, laziness and corruption it should not be an excuse.
“We all know there are elements in the Civil Service who have not met the high standards we require. There is incompetence, laziness and corruption. And there is no excuse for this,” Commodore Bainimarama said.
“This, of course, is a small minority. Fortunately, the majority of civil servants take their duties seriously. And some – like the winners tonight - aspire to greatness.”
This is the eighth year of these Service Excellence Awards and the Bainimarama Government continues the reform programme that it introduced to serve our people better.
The prime minister said that by 2013, individual civil servants would be assessed on their individual performance and paid accordingly.
“The better you perform, the more money you will get,” Commodore Bainimarama said.
“This is one of the most basic reforms of all – to reward individual effort and encourage initiative and innovation.”
“We are freeing our smarter workers from the straightjacket of being grouped with their less ambitious peers and giving them the opportunity to excel and reap the benefits.”
Commodore Bainimarama thanked the Government of Singapore for making available Peter Ho, who so eloquently shared his experiences of being a public servant in a country that is a benchmark for excellence itself.
“No country in the Asia Pacific region inspires us more than Singapore. In 50 years, this small island nation, approximately the size of Taveuni, has grown – through good governance and hard work - into one of the economic giants of the region,” the Fijian prime minister said.
“Singapore has successfully forged a range of individuals and groups into a united, peaceful, non-corrupt, modern, well-educated and dynamic nation.
“Singapore is the way Fiji aspires to be, the way Fiji will be if Fijians work as hard as Singaporeans to make it happen.”
(Caption: PM Bainimarama with PS Mataikabara and Staff)
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