Public Service Week to focus on transformation

Minister-in-charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing's first Public Service Week since taking up the new appointment in May, he will mark the occasion with a video rallying officers to work with others harmoniously to build a better Singapore.
Minister-in-charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing's first Public Service Week since taking up the new appointment in May, he will mark the occasion with a video rallying officers to work with others harmoniously to build a better Singapore. ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

Minister-in-charge of Public Service Chan Chun Sing's video speech stresses working together and humility

From today, 145,000 public servants in 16 ministries and more than 60 statutory boards will be observing the annual Public Service Week, which will run till Sunday.

The week-long event highlights what the public service will focus on in the coming years and will see officers renew their pledge to serve Singapore and Singaporeans with dedication and commitment. This year's theme is "One Public Service: Stepping Up Transformation".

The Public Service Division said Minister-in-charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing will mark the occasion with a video today rallying officers to work together with others to build a better Singapore. This will be Mr Chan's first Public Service Week since taking up the new appointment in May.

According to an excerpt of the video, he will say: "If we maintain a high level of ambition of what we want to achieve for Singapore, and are determined and disciplined in doing our best for Singapore, then there is absolutely nothing that we cannot achieve together. The key is 'together'."

Urging humility, he adds that the public service cannot do it alone, and does not always have the best ideas. It must hence "mobilise the entire nation to work together for an even better Singapore for our future generations", he will say.

 

To recognise the contributions of public servants, about 600 officers will attend a reception at the Istana tomorrow, hosted by President Halimah Yacob.

On Wednesday, the Public Sector Transformation Awards will be held at the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) Convention Centre. Some 400 awards will be given out to individuals and agencies to recognise excellence in fields such as service delivery, innovation and best practices.

On Thursday, a convention themed "Digital Government for a Smart Nation" will be held, also at RWS. It aims to inspire public servants to embrace digitalisation.

Speaking on this year's theme, Head of the Civil Service Leo Yip urged all public servants to join in the transformation journey.

"These changes will help us be ready for the future, and to do our work and serve the public better into the future," he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2018, with the headline 'Public Service Week to focus on transformation'. Print Edition | Subscribe