Public Speaking and Debate Competition Soon

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Public servants participating in the Public Sector Transformation National Public Speaking and Debate Competition will be vying for attractive prizes including free car insurance and a Blackberry.

The competition which is being sponsored by Prime Minister, the Honorable Baldwin Spencer will be held on Thursday, 4th February 2010 at 6:30 at the Multipurpose Cultural Centre. The event is designed to stimulate national dialogue on the government’s Public Sector Transformation Agenda. The event will involve two separate elements; a debate segment featuring students from the Antigua State College (ASC) and a public speaking segment featuring public servants.

“The competition has been generating excitement across the country. We are happy to see the high level of interest in public sector transformation,” said Chief Implementation Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ambassador Joan Underwood.

Whereas registration for ASC students ended last week, registration for public servants ends on Friday 22nd January. In this regard, Ambassador Underwood is encouraging public servants to avoid waiting until the last minute to sign up.

She was full of praise for the corporate sponsors who are supporting this exciting initiative. The top public speaker (public servant) will receive a one year vehicle comprehensive insurance package valued at $2500 from State Insurance Corporation. The first runner up will be receiving a Blackberry Curve 8900 smartphone compliments Digicel.

The top debater (ASC student) will be awarded a Dell Laptop donated by Ambassador Underwood. Students will also have the opportunity to win INET packages and cellular phone handsets from APUA and day passes from Jolly Beach Resort and Spa, Grand Pineapple Beach Resort and Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa.

Other prizes for participants include a trip to St. Lucia on LIAT and cable packages from CTV and Karib Cable. Best of Books and catering company Chefs 2U Events are also co-sponsoring the event.

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