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Mauritius’ NPCC institutes awards to recognize productivity improvement

Mauritius’ NPCC institutes awards to recognize productivity improvement

All private and public organizations in Mauritius that have implemented their projects in 2011-2014 are eligible for participation and have to register online latest by March 7. (Image: NPCC)

The first edition of the NPCC Productivity Award 2014 by the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC) seeks to acknowledge individuals, businesses and public sector organisations for outstanding productivity improvement initiatives.

All private and public organizations in Mauritius that have implemented their projects in 2011-2014 are eligible for participation and have to register online latest by March 7. The applicants will subsequently be invited to submit their Productivity Award Project Report by April 17, the format for which is available upon registration.

The competition will be divided into three categories: for small and medium private enterprises with annual turnover below Rs 50 million, for large private enterprises with annual turnover exceeding Rs 50 million and government departments and parastatals.

Two team members in each category will get to participate in a productivity study tour in Malaysia. Trophies and certificates will be awarded to the best Productivity Improvement Project in each of the three categories. Finally, winners of the award will benefit from a 20% discount on NPCC training courses for one year.

All three categories will have to follow the same evaluation criteria under specified key areas, which are: clear identification and analysis of productivity issue and problem, details of productivity improvement initiatives taken (including implementation of actions), and clear measures of efficiency and effectiveness and their positive impact on the organization.

In addition to the evaluation criteria all companies will have to submit a Productivity Award Project Report. The reports will later be assessed by a Technical Assessment team that will shortlist the entries according to a rating system.

Finally, a jury panel, consisting of members of the public and private sector representatives, will monitor the work of the Technical Assessment team, conduct a site visit to the shortlisted companies’ premises and arrive at a final decision.

The objective of the NPCC is to create awareness on the importance of productivity improvement towards economic development, to motivate enterprises to strive through sustained efforts to enhance productivity and to showcase and share success stories from organisations on productivity improvement initiatives for others to emulate.

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