NPCC launches the first National Productivity and Quality Convention
Port Louis, 18 April 2018: The National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC) launched today the first National Productivity and Quality Convention (NPQC), which will serve as a premier platform for quality and productivity practitioners from public and private organisations in Mauritius and Rodrigues to showcase their value creation projects in the field of productivity and quality.

NPQC 2018 encourages local organisations to share their best operational practices, processes, systems and initiatives and learn from the experiences of others. It provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of teams that have been responsible for creating and/or managing productivity and quality improvements at their workplace. 

The convention aims at recognizing the outstanding productivity and quality improvement initiatives of teams from public and private organisations.

As a first move towards the convention that will be held from 1 to 3 August 2018, a portal dedicated to this first edition - www.npqc.mu - has been launched today by the Executive Director of the NPCC, Mr. Deepak Balgobin. The portal provides a series of information on the aims and objectives of the convention and guidelines on registration and participation. 

It is crucial to motivate enterprises to strive through sustained efforts to enhance productivity and quality with emphasis on team work. At the present moment, Mauritius is gearing up to become a high income nation in the years to come and for this to happen, it is of utmost importance that we encourage and promote further the culture of quality, productivity and innovation in all our activities,” Mr. Balgobin pointed out. 

Different categories of organisations can participate in the convention, namely small and medium private enterprises with an annual turnover of less than Rs50 million, large private enterprises with an annual turnover of more than Rs50 million as well as government departments and parastatal bodies. 

Organisations are now being invited to register online through the portal by 25 May 2018. Each organisation can send up to two teams and their topics should be related to productivity and quality through Quality Circles, Innovation, Business Excellence, Productivity Improvement and Lean Management. 

During the months of June and July, the NPCC will provide coaching and advice to the participating teams in an effort to help them deliver a strong presentation. Videos on the steps to organise the presentations will be displayed on the NPQC 2018 website. The preparations will culminate with the three-day convention during the first week of August where the participants will compete in three different categories namely Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.

It is also to be noted that the winners of the Gold Award will have the opportunity to present their projects to a panel of international judges in the aftermath of the convention followed by an award ceremony. The six best teams will be offered the opportunity to participate in the International Convention for Quality Control Circles (ICQCC 2018) in Singapore from 22 to 25 October 2018. 

This first international participation of teams from Mauritius will pave the way for the NPCC to become the 14th ICQCC member. The Executive Director of the NPCC  has already established contacts with the Singapore Productivity Association (SPA), the organizer of the ICQCC 2018. This membership will open opportunities for future networking between the NPCC and the other member countries.

For more information on the convention and registration, please go to www.npqc.mu

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