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Friday, 30 November 2012 10:39

Kevin Chuttur, NPCC chairman : campaigning for a better national productivity

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Why a sudden ‘National Productivity Campaign 2012-2013’ by the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council?
Mauritius GDP growth is around 3.5% in 2012, and if Mauritius wants to double its GDP growth in the coming years, the only way is to improve overall productivity. 
The labour productivity has a 3% and the capital productivity growth has declined by 0.8% growth. The concept of ‘productivity’ has evolved from the simple relationship between inputs and outputs with the recognition that it is a major factor in improving to the quality of life - for all peoples.  The NPCC launched the campaign with the objectives to demystify the word productivity and to rally the nation for higher productivity for a better tomorrow.

Is productivity essentially the end-result of work? What about machinery? What about weather influence?
Productivity is basically around the choices we make, the more effective choices we make, the higher will be the productivity and the results are the only evidence of the effectiveness of our choices.  Investment in machinery will eventually lead to higher productivity but the result will happen only when the investor is willing to choose to invest in the right machinery at the right time.  As per the Global Competitiveness Report, Mauritius is still efficiency driven and not innovation driven.  The quality of machinery also determines the quality of our products, leading to higher productivity and thus, our competitiveness in the global market.

Weather influence is out of our control, it is based on Mother Nature and if we are not effective in the way we plan to choose our production systems, we are causing more harm to Mother Nature rather than preserving our environment!  With increasing amount of Carbon Dioxide Emission per capita, we have also been promoting Green Productivity as a major concern in our productivity movement.  

The theme: « Travay pli bien, Dimé dan bien » is perceived as works not being done the best way? The word tomorrow suggests again the good result of tomorrow as a productivity of today’s works. What was going wrong until now?
Our income per capita is only USD $13,670 and the income per capita in a country like Singapore is USD $47,180.  We are no longer competing at local level, we are competing at global level.  We cannot expect to see major improvements in our way of doing business if we are still doing the same way as our fathers and grandfathers did.  With social media, the business models have changed, methods of communication have changed, and the types of services have changed.  The level of competition is higher and tougher and we have to create and develop high quality products such that we are still improving our GDP and our income per capita.  

‘Travail pli bien, dimain dan bien’ means by relentlessly improving our performance everywhere, every day and by everybody only then we can expect tomorrow to be better than today.  This is the fundamental requisite for productivity improvement.

Out of 144 countries benchmarked, Mauritius ranks 54th according to the Global Competitiveness Report.  Our key areas of improvement as per the Global Competitiveness Report are: l Inefficient government bureaucracy  l Access to financing l Inadequate supply of infrastructure l Inadequately educated workforce l Insufficient capacity to innovate
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