|The Borneo Post|
KUCHING: The Chief Minister’s Department has been declared joint-winner with India in the ‘Innovation DNA Category’ at the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (Capam) International Innovation Awards (IIA) 2016.
The announcement was made during the Capam President’s Dinner in Putrajaya on Saturday, where Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa – who is Capam president – presented the awards.
State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani accepted the honour on behalf of the Chief Minister’s Department, which submitted three innovation projects under two categories in March this year.
Two projects were selected as finalists – the winning entry ‘Create and Innovate, Make a Difference: Story of Our Journey’ under the Innovation DNA Category; and ‘The Sarawak Civil Service 2010-2020 (SCS10-20) Action Plan’ under the ‘Innovation in Public Service Management Category’.
The Innovation DNA entry is described as a ‘celebration of innovation as a strategic imperative in the public service’.
“This category recognises the initiatives centred on building internal capacity for creativity and innovation, embedding open innovation practices in government, and systematically soliciting input across all levels. It is characterised by an environment where innovation, creativity, space to challenge, and noble failure have become, or are becoming, inherent to the climate, mind-set, attitudes and structures of the organisation and its leadership,” a statement from Chief Minister’s Department said.
Meanwhile, the Innovation in Public Service Management entry is described as ‘recognising innovations that are largely internal or inward-facing to government and consist of functional or whole-of-system policies or business processes.
“It also showcases innovative solutions to the everyday, underlying demands of running a public service organisation in any number of fields,” the department added.
Malaysia also submitted four other innovation projects – all selected as IIA finalists in four different categories.
The other two agencies representing the country at the Capam IIA 2016 were the Prisons Department (Innovation Incubation Category) and National Registration Department (Citizen-Focused Innovation Category).
The biennial conference, Capam 2016, ran from Aug 18 to 20 at Putrajaya International Convention Centre, themed ‘Innovation: A Public Service Imperative’. It hosted more than 1,000 delegates from 53 Commonwealth countries. -BP