I wish to first thank the CPO and staff for organizing yet another series of activities leading to Public Service Day 2018. Thank you also for inviting me to address this ceremony.

This years theme, “Building a Resilient Public Service – A collective Response “, is significant coming on the heels of Hurricane Maria a life changing disaster. In fact it seem patterned of the theme of the national rebuilding and economic partnership consultation held right here at the goodwill parish hall on Monday, 19th  February, 2018. ‘Building the first Climate Resilient Country, our collective responsibility’. 



Today we continue to commemorate the journey in the public Service.  A journey which leads to national development for the Commonwealth of Dominica.  What then do we consider that journey.  As the Chief Personnel Officer, this journey should be one of excellence in service delivery, sustainability and transformation.  We join our United Nation colleagues who will celebrate UN Public Service Day on June 23 2018, tomorrow.   The UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/277, designated June 23 as Public Service Day. The UN Public Service Day celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the community; it highlights the contribution of the public service in the development process; recognizes the work of public servants, and encourages young ambitious people to pursue careers in the public sector. Under the theme, BUILDING A RESILIENT PUBLIC SERVICE, A COLLECTIVE RESPONSE, the Dominica Public Service, today launches; Public Service Day Activities 2018.

It is my pleasure to present an overview of the events and activities in commemoration of Public Service Day 2018 under the theme:

“Building a Resilient Public Service – A Collective Response”.  We believe that this theme speaks to our resilience as Public Officers and how it is reflected in our work programmes.

The Establishment, Personnel and Training Department in collaboration with other Ministries and Departments, has since 1999 spearheaded activities promoting Public Service Day celebrations with a major objective being the recognition and rewarding of excellence in service delivery and in the performance of duties.  It also aims to encourage socialization among current officers and to recognize the tremendous contributions of retired public officers to nation building.