Civil Service Conference Concludes Successfully, Highlighting Key Issues and Innovations

Attendees of the conference engage with a speaker: This two-day conference was a success. – Photo: Dhuvas

The Civil Service Conference organized by the Maldives Civil Service Commission and its training institute has concluded successfully, with numerous academic and concept papers presented and key issues discussed.

This biennial conference took place this Sunday and Monday at Dharubaaruge, following a four-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Attendees included top bureaucrats such as state ministers, deputy ministers, permanent secretaries of ministries, and mayors, presidents, members, and the secretary-general from city, atoll, and island councils.

The conference aimed to research and understood civil services while identifying areas for improvement. It included academic discussions on modern changes needed for service enhancement.

This year’s edition featured the presentation of 12 papers across three thematic areas: adapting work processes in light of modern technology, building a responsible civil service that effectively serves the public, and transforming workplace culture to align with good discipline and values.

On the first day, the keynote speech was given by Ajantha Dharmasiri, a Senior Sri Lankan Professor in Management, who spoke about “Leadership Excellence for Fostering an Excellent Civil Service Culture.” Another keynote speaker, Kiruba Shankar, an expert in digital marketing and former president of the Indian Professional Speaker Association, discussed “Digital Mindset and Excellence.”

On the second day, Mohamed Mistho, a Business Consultant and Corporate Trainer, delivered a keynote speech on “The Re-Building.” The conference concluded with a keynote by internationally acclaimed Afeef Hussein on “Creating a Culture of Purpose and Accountability in Civil Service.”

Other discussions included a speech by Fathimath Nazeefa Saeed, Senior Research Officer at the Anti-Corruption Commission, on the “Corruption Risk-Self Assessment Toolkit.” Additionally, the Counsel General of the Civil Service Commission, Ibrahim Rasheed, talked about “The Significance of Procedural Fairness in Civil Service Employee Dismissal: An Overview of Best Practices and the Legal Imperatives of Procedural Fairness in Employee Dismissal Proceedings.”

Dr. Aminath Sudha, Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at MNU Business School, gave a session on “The Interaction Effect of Job Design and Public Service Motivation on the Job Performance of Maldives Civil Service Employees.” Ahmed Shathir, Senior Lecturer at Maldives National University, discussed “Perceived Purposes of Performance Appraisal and Appraisal Satisfaction: Insights from the Maldives Civil Service.”

A panel discussion was held on “Essential Success Elements for a Flexible Work Arrangement in the Maldives Civil Service.”

The conference was inaugurated on Sunday by Vice President Hussein Mohamed Latheef, signaling a renewed commitment to improving public service delivery and governance in the Maldives. Several key ministers from the cabinet attended, along with key officials from independent bodies and some foreign dignitaries.

In his opening remarks, Vice President Latheef emphasized the significance of the civil service conference as a crucial initiative to improve the quality of service to the nation and its people.

“After a gap of five years due to various reasons, I am very happy that the conference is resuming to be held biennially,” he said.

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