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									     ADDRESS BY HON D. GOKHOOL, MINISTER OF

          EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES



       Strategic Visioning Exercise for the National
        Productivity and Competitiveness Council
                                (NPCC)
          Saturday 9 September 2006 at 09 00 hrs
             Clos St Louis, Domaine Les Pailles




Ladies and Gentlemen,



     I am indeed pleased to be among you today for the

strategic visioning exercise for the NPCC. At the very outset, I

wish to congratulate the NPCC for this laudable initiative. I wish

also to seize this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to

Professor Akira Goshi and Dr Yasuhiko Inoc whose expertise

will no doubt benefit us all.
2.   Since it became operational in May 2000, NPCC has

initiated a number of activities for the promotion of productivity

and competitiveness at National level. However, in the wake for

further pressures for faster integration into the global economy,

it is urgent for the NPCC to review the general orientation of the

NPCC in order to support the transition to a competitive nation.



3.   Ladies and gentlemen, as we all know, challenges from

globalisation are many and will affect all of us, whether we like it

or not. At the same time, they create waves of opportunities on

which, if well prepared, we can surf as a nation to new heights.



4.   In a nutshell, the new world challenges us to rethink our

way of doing things. Old-fashioned approaches were effective

in the past and it would be naïve, on our part, to rely on old and

obsolete paradigms nowadays. The future of Mauritius depends

on our willingness, ability and commitment to improve

productivity and competitiveness




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5.   The approach adopted by NPCC in improving productivity

and competitiveness has been very pragmatic and has evolved

to respond to local needs.           NPCC has acted as initiator,

promoter and catalyst, even though its basic approach has been

grassroots or bottom up . NPCC activities have been based on

facts and not on perceptions.



6.   A whole gamut of tools for productivity enhancement do

exist. NPCC has however concentrated only on a few - relevant

and effective ones - for fulfilling its mission.   In trying to make

Mauritius muda free, NPCC has embarked on Gemba Kaizen for

continual improvement, Civic Action Teams, clustering for

survival of SME’s and        innovation.     Building Competitive

intelligence through the knowledge Centre,         promoting smart

use of ICT through the ICT applications, benchmarking and good

housekeeping through the 5 S certification are other tools which

have been used by the NPCC.



7.   Ladies and Gentlemen,




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     This productivity culture, started by NPCC has now to be

sustained.    Sustainability, you will all agree, can be through

empowerment, education employability and entrepreneurship.



8.     One of the Government objectives is to have a Mauritius

where everyone participates and chances are created for every

citizen. Economic empowerment lies at the heart of government

project to galvanise the economy by broadening the circle of

opportunities to each Mauritian citizen.       This is why an

Empowerment Programme has been created. This programme

is expected to unlock opportunities for the unemployed, for

those recycled from their jobs, for women, for our young people

entering the labour force and for SME’s.



9.     The economy of Mauritius, at present rests on pillars such

as Agriculture, Industry, Tourism, the Service Sector and of late,

ICT. With the major challenges facing the agricultural and textile

sectors, for example Mauritius will need to adopt to new

situations quickly and find solutions for the problems.       Our




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country needs people who can generate and communicate new

ideas while showering the ability to adapt to constant changes.




10.    Ladies and gentlemen,

       As you are aware, the Government has a declared policy to

carry out fundamental reforms in education with a view to

providing world class quality education to enable young

mauritians to be employable in new sectors of the economy, to

have    more fulfilling jobs and also to be competitive at the

international level.




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11.   In today’s world we are bound to change, innovate and

improve the performance of our people and it goes without

saying that education and training remain the cornerstone of our

socio economic development. Should we target high in the New

World economic order, we are compelled to enhance the quality

of our Education and training systems.        I am more than

convinced that we need to allow every category of students to

work at their pace and our children should be given every

opportunity that exist to blossom freely. This is as much my

conviction as my commitment to a cause I view as equitable,

sound and morally just.



12.   Ladies and gentlemen,



Information   and   Communication    Technology    (ICT),   term

commonly used to cover both the use of computers and the

Internet, has been the single most important source of

productivity growth in many developed countries. It is a tool

that, if properly harnessed, allows developing countries to



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envisage quantum leaps. ICT has become such an important

tool in all socio-economic sectors that it has to be exploited to

the maximum.      ICT is a necessary tool to, among others,

empower people, eliminate muda through process improvement,

facilitate learning and devise innovative solutions.



13.   Government is fully committed to provide stakeholders in

the ICT Sector with the opportunity to develop it into an

important pillar of our economy.     ICT will be used to increase

national wealth, create new opportunities and jobs as well as

promote and democratise access to information.



14.   Applying ICT for productivity improvement, the NPCC

started the mass computer proficiency project (CPP) – a grass

root approach towards making ICT accessible for all. Before the

phasing out of the CPP in October this year, Government has

already embarked on the new “Internet and Computing Core

Certification” that the IC3 course. This new programme has

started on 4 September with beneficiaries from Governmental




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and Parastatal organisations. Shortly, the Public at large will

also benefit from the programme.



15.   Ladies and gentlemen,



      I am glad to note that to be in tune with the challenging

environment, the NPCC is reviewing its general orientation . The

purpose of today’s strategic visioning exercise, I am been given

to understand is to involve council members and staff of the

NPCC in changing the new direction for NPCC.



16.   This exercise will involve a review of NPCC’s mission,

objectives, priority activities and initiatives to foster productivity

and competitiveness in the years to come. The ZOPP technique

which will be used for the visioning exercise, will foster

brainstorming, wide participation and focused discussions

around specific objectives, so that discussions are productive

and oriented towards achieving the goals set.




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17.   This exercise will no doubt culminate into a new work

programme for the NPCC with a re-definition of its vision,

mission and objectives.



18.   The   work   programme,       ladies   and   gentlemen,   will

necessitate the NPCC working with different stakeholders, one

of which is my Ministry.     As you are all aware, the NPCC

established under the NPCC Act of 1999 operates under the

aegis of my ministry.



19.   It therefore goes, without saying, that as such, guidelines

and directives regarding procedures to be followed etc. are

received at times by the NPCC from the Ministry to ensure the

smooth running of the organisation, though the day-to-day

management rests with the NPCC management.



20.   Such guidelines and directives from the Ministry should

therefore not be perceived as “ingerence” in or obstacles to the

day to day management but as a plus for the betterment of the

NPCC. As Minister, I can only hope that together the NPCC and



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my Ministry will eliminate of all mudas that lie on their path for

the benefit of one and all.



Ladies and gentlemen, I thank you for your attention.



                               D.G




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