Prime Minister Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka today reminded government officials to carry out their duties diligently and improve service delivery to all Fijians.
Whilst officiating at the one-day Service Delivery and Inter-Agency Logistics Workshop in Suva, Prime Minister Rabuka stated that civil servants make up the biggest workforce in the country, entailing about 35,000 employees serving local and international communities that Fiji interacts with.
“You are part of the biggest workforce in Fiji. Many people judge a book by the cover, you are the cover of the civil service of Fiji,” he told the civil servants.
“People judge a service by what they see in you. I’m not saying to dress up, I’m saying develop a character that will slowly inspire confidence. You must have the will to work and serve and having that character will inspire the confidence of the people.
“I want you to learn and continue learning. Absorb what is going to be shared today and convey your learnings to those under your leadership.”
Hon. Rabuka further highlighted that he always encouraged people to speak “their truth”.
“I always encourage people to speak up, because when they speak up, those at the top, learn. We all learn as we go along. Show them what we expect of them, do not tell them what we expect of them.”
Acting Permanent Secretary for Civil Service, Mr Parmesh Chand said the objective of the workshop was to appraise and build capacity about the importance of providing the best facilitation services and coordination of arrangements in relevant offices across the civil service such as the Office of the President, Office of the Prime Minister, as well as state guests visiting our shores from time to time.
Guest speakers at the Ministry of Civil Service-organised workshop included career diplomats with the likes of Ambassador Ratu Tui Cavuilati, Ambassador Ratu Isoa Gavidi, Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga, Ambassdor Mosese Tikoitoga and Public Relations Consultant, Mr. Matt Wilson.