22 June 2020 | .
On the occasion of Public Service Day celebrated around the world on 23 June, I am pleased to dedicate a message of support, encouragement and appreciation to all public servants today.
International Public Service Day is about celebrating the efforts of all those who work tirelessly to provide services that ensure that the people whom they serve have access to services required for public order, public safety, and promoting economic growth.
Our public service continues to operate on the principles of good governance, with transparency and accountability. The Office of the Public Service Appeals Board, the Ombudsman and others ensure that mechanisms exist to investigate claims against any malpractice, and to provide redress.
In 2020, the public service has been strained by the pressures created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Government has had to worked tirelessly take care of private sector workers whose livelihoods have been compromised.
Our dedicated doctors, nurses and other health workers deserve special mention on this Public Service Day. They have bravely battled the COVID-19 pandemic, taking huge personal risks to save all those infected in Seychelles. They have continued to guide us to protect ourselves and prepare us for new normal as we gradually re-open our economy.
As general members of the public we have also taken part in responding to innovation in the way we use digital services and online apps to achieve what we used to do before in person at various service points. Our public sector organisations are gearing for this new digital economy with an eye toward sustainability; this is indeed in line with the theme of International Public Service Day for 2020 which is “Innovating and Transforming Public Services and Institutions for Sustainable Development.” I commend the initiatives being taken by public service organisations in achieving this goal.
I would like to once again thank all public servants for their dedication and hard work in serving the public with courtesy, discipline and the best possible standards. I wish you all a very happy Public Service Day.