Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has showered the public service with praise, saying its continued excellence has helped Barbados to make greater leaps forward.
He was delivering the feature address at a celebratory luncheon at Lion Castle Polo Pavilion.
Mr. Stuart said while public servants should pay due attention to the need for expediting their decision-making, they should not sacrifice the standards that made Barbados a great nation.
The honourees were former permanent secretaries Antoinette Williams, Diane Campbell, Sonja Welch, Tennyson Springer, Patson Alleyne and Philmore Best; along with chief technical officers Frank Thornhill and Nicholas Lovell.
The Prime Minister added that he continued to benefit greatly from the contributions being made to the country by present permanent secretaries and officers of related grade.