FIJI has been invited by the United Nations to send nominations for the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in the public service, which is the UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA) for 2014.
Public Service Commission permanent secretary Parmesh Chand said the purpose of the UNPSA was to reward creative achievements and contributions of the public service institutions towards a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide.
"It promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of the public service," Mr Chand said in a Ministry of Information statement.
"The program aims to discover new innovations in governance, motivate public servants to further promote innovation, raise the image of public practices for possible replication between and within countries."
He said the award aimed to discover innovation in governance, reward excellence in the public sector, motivate public servants to further promote innovation, enhance professionalism in the public service, raise the image of the public service, enhance trust in government, and collect and disseminate successful practices for possible replication.
The 2014 UNPSA will be given in the following four categories:
* Improving the delivery of public services;
* Fostering participation in policy making decisions through innovative mechanisms;
* Promoting whole-of-government approaches in the information age; and
* Promoting gender responsive delivery of public services.