The National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC) culminated the National Productivity and Quality Convention (NPQC 2019) with an Award Ceremony on Friday evening, rewarding the best projects that were presented in the Convention. The six Grand Winners of the Convention in three different categories were as follows:
- Small & Medium private enterprises including micro enterprises: Neel Trading & Facilities Ltd (Efficiently Manage Process Area In Ewaste Department) and SS Business School Ltd (Increasing the Employability rate of Learners)
- Large private enterprises: Phoenix Beverages Ltd (Operational Excellence in Beverages Production) and Natec Medical Ltd (Growing Natec's Production Capacity, Productivity, Employee Engagement through Leadership Standard Work)
- Government bodies/parastatals/registered associations: Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (Reduction of Inefficiency in the Organization of Science promotion activities at the RGSC) and Employees Welfare Fund (Interaction without Intervention)
The Award Ceremony saw the participation of more than 350 delegates from the different public and private organisations that presented their projects. A total of 106 projects related to productivity and quality improvement were entered in the Convention and were assessed by local jurors on 28 and 29 May at the Ravenala Hotel, Balaclava.
On Friday, a panel of four international jurors headed by Mr. Getahun Tadesse Mekonen, the former Director General of the Ethiopian Kaizen Institute, assessed the 11 best projects, out of which the six Grand Winners were selected.
"The NPQC is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together, exchange ideas and best practices so that we can all benefit and improve our respective organisations and ultimately our country. I see the NPQC as an exceptional opportunity to re-invent, reshape and upgrade our businesses with a view to better serve customers, shareholders and the community at large", Hon Dharmendar Sesungkur, Minister of Financial Services and Good Governance said in his keynote address.
The NPQC encourages organisations to share their best operational practices, processes, systems, and initiatives and learn from the experience of others. It provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of teams that have been responsible for creating and/or managing productivity and quality improvements at their workplace.
"NPQC 2019 has witnessed a growing enthusiasm among local organisations to showcase their productivity and quality projects. The assessment which were held earlier this week revealed some interesting observations. We could see a high level of dedication to the practice of continuous improvement at all levels. This is the very foundation of our Prime Minister's vision to make Mauritius a high-income nation", Mr. Deepak Balgobin said in his opening remarks.
On his part, the chairman of the NPCC, Mr. Sanjiv Mulloo, urged for more exchanges in terms of ideas and experiences among local organisations. "I would appeal to the Embassy of Japan to help us set up ICQCC in Africa, which will be a very big feat for us", Mr. Mulloo said, adding that he would like to see more local organisations participating in NPQC.
It is worth mentioning that the Embassy of Japan in Mauritius was the honorary partner of the NPQC 2019. The ambassador, His Excellency, Mr. Yoshiharu Kato, stated that Japan would like to contribute to the sound development of industry and human resources development of Mauritius. "It is always a pleasure to see that the NPCC not only motivates but gives organisations the necessary tools to adopt a culture of productivity, quality and innovation", he affirmed.
The Grand Winners will have the opportunity to participate in the 2019 International Convention on Quality Control Circles (ICQCC) to be held in Tokyo in September. The event will be organized by the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers (JUSE) under the theme 'Creating a Brighter Future Through Total Quality Management and Quality Circle Activities'.