KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Trelawny Municipal Corporation has copped the title of the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition.
The competition – organized by the Transformation and Implementation Unit (TIU) under the theme ‘Facing Issues, Influencing Solutions’, was contested by 20 teams.
“Winning the title is a most rewarding feeling as we were viewed as one of the underdogs in the competition. No one expected the little ‘country team’ to win. We are still basking in the victory as our sleepless nights have paid off and Trelawny and Local Government is now being celebrated,” said team captain, Shakera Williams.
“The team had to endure rigorous preparation for each debate. Though we are public sector workers, we were not so au fait with all the information pertinent to the sector. The debate called for intense research while we tried to complete our various tasks at work.”
Trelawny Municipal Corporation went up against the Ministry of National Security during the finals at the Jamaica Conference Centre on April 25, 2019. The final moot was “Be it resolved: The goal of Vision 2030 to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business is a realistic one”.
Miss Williams was also adjudged the Best Speaker for the competition and her team also copped the prize for being the Best Team Outside of Kingston. The team lifted the winning trophy; a $100,000 cash prize; a weekend for two for each team member and $75,000 from the Jamaica Civil Service Association.
The Jamaica Information Service defeated Victoria Jubilee Hospital for third place during the finals.
Executive Director of the TIU, Maria Thompson Walters, said the competition exceeded her expectations and that her team, which falls under the ambit of the Ministry of Finance and Public Service, looks forward to the competition’s renewal in 2020.
“The Trelawny Municipal Corporation really surprised us and they were consistent throughout the Debate and they did well in all their matches.”