THE National Training and Productivity Centre is the key stakeholder in the productivity movement in Fiji, Minister for Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Jone Usamate said at the opening of the Institutional Strengthening of National Productivity Organisations (NPO) through the Development of Productivity Practitioners (Advanced Course).
Mr Usamate said the NTPC, like the other 20 country members of the NPO, must be the front line and that its staff must have the skills and ability to pass on techniques to better develop productivity.
"I have always believed that the NPO must also practise what it preaches," he said.
"That it must implement and showcase all the techniques that it promotes. It has done this in the past, and it must continue to do this.
"It must maintain its ISO9000 status, its use of housekeeping, quality circles, self assessment itself against the Fiji Business Excellence Award criteria and process improvement programs. The NPO must walk its talk."
Fiji is the only Pacific member of the NPO which includes countries from Asia and the Middle East.
Mr Usamate challenged participants to learn as much as they can.
"You will acquire the things you need to become real productivity champions.
"The NTPC seeks to develop a pool of productivity practitioners and consultants who can use the tools and techniques of productivity improvement and capacity building along with other stakeholders."
He said NTPC must maintain its momentum of walking its talk and to be role models of the techniques it preaches.
The workshop ends this week.