Mauritius business minister flags off second edition of co-op excellence awards
The objective of the MEAC is to encourage cooperatives to continually improve and strive for excellence, said Mauritius Business Minister Jangbahadoorsing Seetaram during a press conference in Port Louis. (Image: Maurice Info)
The second edition of the Mauritius Excellence Awards for Cooperatives (MEAC) was officially launched last week by Mauritius Business Minister Jangbahadoorsing Seetaram during a press conference in Port Louis.
The selection criteria for the awards is based on the seven major pillars of an organization covering leadership, policy planning and deployment, people and resources, information and communication, operations, customers and service excellence, and finally, actual results.
Cooperative societies in the following 13 sectors are eligible to participate: sugar, food crop, fish, transport, finance, livestock, consumer, food processing, women cooperatives and other services, Rodrigues, Best practices and Best Federation.
The winner in each sector will receive the MEAC and the winner that has excelled in all categories will receive the grand winner award. The grand winner will receive a cash prize of Rs 100,000 and a trophy while each sectoral winner will receive a cash prize of Rs 25,000 and a trophy.
The model of the awards, based on international benchmarks, has been designed in line with cooperative principles and values and is meant to be a long term benchmark for Mauritian cooperative societies and geared towards performance excellence, using international norms, standards and quality management systems.
“The objective of the MEAC is to encourage cooperatives to continually improve and strive for excellence,” said the minister.
Additionally, this initiative aims at rewarding cooperative societies for implementing innovative programmes and good practices.
As per rules, the grand winner of the last edition of the MEAC is not eligible to participate for the next three years.
However, sector-wise winners of last year’s edition will be eligible to compete for the grand winner award only.
The minister also invited cooperative societies in Mauritius and Rodrigues to participate in the competition, where information kits and participation forms are available in all regional cooperative centres or can be downloaded on cooperatives.gov.mu.
The deadline to submit applications is 1st September 2014 and the award ceremony is scheduled for 30 October 2014.