Gov’t officials told to speak up

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

DARING to express views and suggestions for change is important to develop the country, the deputy minister at the Prime Minister’s Office told senior government officials.

Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Roselan Hj Mohd Daud said not making changes is a practice that does not only harm oneself, but also the organisation and country.

He said every leader in an organisation must play their role in reviewing existing systems, procedures and regulations.

The deputy minister was speaking during the closing ceremony of the 23rd Executive Development Programme for Senior Government Officers and the 22nd & 23rd Executive Development Programme for Middle Management Officers on Thursday.

Dato Hj Mohd Roselan went on to say that efforts in improving productivity are important in the public sector.

“It doesn’t matter how small your contribution is to the country. Small efforts could slowly have a major impact on the organisation and country.

“The goal is to drive the development of the country towards economic diversification without having to rely on oil and gas. The question that may arise here is whether civil servants are able to shoulder this heavy task?” he said.

The deputy minister said a ‘Civil Service Framework’ is required to achieve a dynamic and progressive civil service.

The framework aims to create a public service towards facilitating economic growth and supporting efforts towards realising Vision 2035, he said.

Seventy-six government officials were awarded certificates for completing the Executive Development Programmes, which aimed to improve their leadership skills.

Acting Director of Research and Development at the Ministry of Communications, Hjh Lailatul Zuraidah Hussain, said the programme was not just about personal development but also focuses on teamwork.

“The principle of good governance is transparency. During the programme, we actually got the chance to share our best practices or even compare data with each department,” she added.

The programmes were conducted in collaboration with the Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement at UBD.

The Brunei Times