Preparations for the first conference of State Parties to the African Charter on values and Principles of the Public Service and Administration commence
PREPARATIONS FOR THE FIRST CONFERENCE OF STATE PARTIES TO THE AFRICAN CHARTER ON VALUES AND PRINCIPLES OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION COMMENCE
High Commissioners and Ambassadors attending the First Conference of State Parties to the African Charter on Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration have unanimously agreed to communicate effectively to their respective governments on the need for the Ministers to attend the forthcoming conference to implement the charter they ratified.
The High Conveners attending the Breakfast Meeting organized by the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender were from Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda, Algeria, South Africa Mozambique, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Congo. Ms Minata Cessouma, the Commissioner for Political Affairs of African Union Commission (AUC) was also in attendance.
Retracing the long journey for Africa to establish a credible and unified Africa Public Service first held in Rabat, Morocco in 1998, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Prof Margaret Kobia who was the host reminded delegates that the Draft Charter was formally adopted at the 3rd Pan-African Conference of Ministers of Public Service in February 2001 in Windhoek, Namibia with its adoption on 31st January, 2011 in Ethiopia.
Prof Kobia noted that currently 17 Member States have ratified the Charter and urged the delegates to convince their respective governments on the need for their Public Service Ministers to attend the forthcoming Conference to be held in Nairobi on the 12th & 13th November, 2018.
She stated that the Charter provides the framework for modernizing and transforming the African Public Service, besides being an important transformational instrument for the Capable Developmental State that provides generic guiding values and principles of the African Public Service. The Charter also defines a code of conduct for Public Servants.
“The Charter aspires to ensure quality and innovative service delivery that meets the requirements of all users, encourage the efforts of member states in modernizing administration and strengthening capacity for the improvement of public service, encourage citizens and users of public services to actively and effectively participate in public administration processes and to improve the working conditions of public service agents and ensure the protection of their rights,” she stated.
A key provision of the Charter under Article 30 is that it (the Charter) shall enter into force thirty (30) days after the deposit of the instruments of ratification by fifteen (15) Member States. Further, after entry into force, the Commission shall ensure and facilitate the implementation of the Charter by ensuring that a Conference of State Parties is established and developing guidelines on the implementation of the Charter in partnership with the Conference of State Parties among other things.
Pointing out that the rest of the world perceives Africa as the next frontier, Prof Kobia described the meeting as a wakeup call for the countries to implement fully the charter to pave way for an impressive public service.
Applauding parties that have ratified this very important instrument, the Cabinet Secretary reiterated that individual State Parties are expected to commit themselves to implement the objectives, apply the principles and respect the commitments enshrined in this Charter.
In her welcoming remarks, Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Rachel Shebesh assured delegates that the Cabinet Secretary is keen to ensure the success of the forthcoming meeting as she is highly regarded as the guru of Kenya’s Public Service.
H. E Ambassador Abdelkader Messahel of Algeria and the Tanzania High Commissioner to Kenya DR. Pindi Channa were among those who spoke in the morning session.
Principal Secretary for State Department of Public Service Dr. Francis Owino was the moderator.