Sri Lanka the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Public Administration and Management and Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA), in collaboration with the Temasek Foundation International and Civil Service College, Singapore, launched the ‘Capacity Building for Service Excellence’ programme for the Sri Lankan public service.
The ‘Capacity Building for Service Excellence’ programme for the Sri Lanka public service is a development initiative arising from the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Civil Service College (CSC) Singapore, and the Ministry of Public Administration and Management, Sri Lanka, on 18 July 2016. The MOU was witnessed by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and Hon. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore.
The programme aims to strengthen Sri Lankan’s public sector leadership pipeline through the participation of selected high potential Sri Lankan Administrative Officers and officers of All Island Services. The programme also facilitates the exchange of public sector experiences between Singapore and Sri Lanka in the areas of public sector leadership, governance and institution building. This long term programme will comprise workshops, project coaching and e-Learning. Technology enabled learning such as virtual classrooms and webinars will be leveraged to ensure continuous support for the participants throughout the programme.
As one of many activities planned under this programme, a Public Service Conference was held in SLIDA on 20th October which was attended by about 150 senior public officials. Hon. Dr Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs was the Guest of Honour of the event and the seminar was inaugurated with the participation of Mr Sman Ekanayake, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr.Khoo Boon Hui, Board Member of Temasek Foundation International (TFI), Ms. Tina Ng, Director, CSC International and experts of TFI and CSC.
Hon. Harsha de Silva addressing the participants highlighted the importance of effective and efficient contribution of the public sector officials to reach the country’s development targets. Mr. Saman Ekanayake the Secretary to the Prime Minister thanked the Singapore Government, the Temasek Foundation International, Singapore and the Civil Service College, Singapore for their joint commitment to contribute for the Human Recourse Development efforts in Sri Lanka’s public sector. Further, he stated the public officials who enjoy privileges, benefits and facilities on the tax payers’ account are greatly indebted to provide a quality and timely service to the public and added that their services are monitored and assessed by the service receivers. Mr. Ekanayake said enhancing leadership skills is primus inter pares for the anticipated executive excellence in our public sector to be a reality.
Ms. Wasantha Perera, Director General SLIDA addressing the gathering, thanked the Temasek Foundation International and the Civil Service College, Singapore for extending their cooperation for this programme, and expressed her confidence that the programme will contribute to developing a visionary leadership within Sri Lanka’s public sector to provide required directions for achievement of the development goals of the Sri Lankan nation.
Ms Tina Ng, Director, CSC International, stated that the CSC was pleased to partner with the Temasek Foundation International, Sri Lanka Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Public Administration and Management and SLIDA to develop this programme. Accordingly, she hoped that the participants will not only gain a conceptual understanding of leadership and managing change, but also acquire a deeper appreciation of the complexities of implementing change on the ground, as well as build a network of practitioners and support.