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First Gala Night For Fiji Port Corporation Limited

The Fiji Port Corporation Limited (FPCL) had their first ever gala dinner at the Novotel, Lami last month. FPCL chief executive officer (CEO) Vajira Piyasena during his speech highlighted how
21 Dec 2016 11:00
First Gala Night For Fiji Port Corporation Limited
FPCL retirees staff from left, Ms Mele Moala, Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism Shaheen Ali and Capt Nonu Versoni receiving their award of appreciation of the years of service and dedication during the Gala Night. Photo: FPCL

The Fiji Port Corporation Limited (FPCL) had their first ever gala dinner at the Novotel, Lami last month.

FPCL chief executive officer (CEO) Vajira Piyasena during his speech highlighted how the management has empowered staff.

“Empowerment of employees is a true form of leadership,” he said

Mr Piyasena said when they planned for the gala dinner; he came to know from one of their staff who worked for FPCL more than ten years, that there had been no such event before.

That was why he said the gala night dinner last month was a very special and a historic event.

“It is even more special, because we are also celebrating our Fiji Business and Excellence Prize award with all our staff.”

Mr Piyasena says the biggest challenge for all of them was to maintain and retain this status of excellence.

He said unlike many companies that had carried this award, FPCL did not implement high level concepts such as Balance Score Card.

However, he said they had a collection of small, manageable, innovatively developed their own improvement system that was managed by their own staff.

Example of this he said included simple corporate and departmental calendars that link to achieving their high level strategic goals.

These systems he said were managed by their staff and management as empowered all levels of staff to take ownership and leadership of what they do.

“This is of cause the most difficult path in achieving excellence within the company. The shortcut would have been to implement big concepts where staff involvement is minimal but may not last long in future,” he said.

FPCL he said operated 24/7 service and they had not forgotten their staff who were working during the Gala night while others were enjoying the event.

“I would like to thank them especially for their committed service”

He also thanked all the staff who were retiring this year for their valuable services and he wished them a long and enjoyable retirement time.

FPCL staffs from Suva, Lautoka, Levuka and Malau were at the party with their families.



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