Dlodlo pushes Africa’s pri­or­i­ties

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - POLITICS - TNA RE­PORTER

PUB­LIC Ser­vice and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Min­is­ter Ayanda Dlodlo has urged Africa’s pub­lic ser­vice com­mis­sion­ers to re­dou­ble their ef­forts to pro­mote good gov­er­nance and ex­cel­lence on the African con­ti­nent.

Speak­ing at the fifth gen­eral assem­bly of the As­so­ci­a­tion of African Pub­lic Ser­vices Com­mis­sions in Kemp­ton Park, the Pub­lic Ser­vice and Ad­min­is­tra­tion min­is­ter said so­lu­tions to chal­lenges fac­ing the con­ti­nent lie in struc­tures such as the com­mis­sion hav­ing the ex­press pur­pose of pro­mot­ing good gov­er­nance and pub­lic ser­vice ex­cel­lence.

“I have no doubt in my mind that as ex­perts in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion, your de­lib­er­a­tions dur­ing your three-day meet­ing will, with­out doubt, pro­vide so­lu­tions to some of the pub­lic ser­vice chal­lenges that the con­ti­nent faces.

“We know that good gov­er­nance is not easy and tends to be­come a neb­u­lous con­cept as it em­braces many con­cepts of im­por­tance.

“No­tions like the strug­gle against cor­rup­tion, greater ac­count­abil­ity for poor man­age­ment of pub­lic funds and vig­i­lance against hu­man rights abuses can only be at­tained when there is com­pe­tent man­age­ment of a coun­try’s re­sources and af­fairs in a man­ner that is trans­par­ent and ac­count­able.

“Where there is cor­rup­tion, wastage of pub­lic funds, lack of ac­count­abil­ity and hu­man rights abuses, devel­op­ment will suf­fer. If we take the ar­gu­ment that ef­fec­tive ser­vice de­liv­ery is the out­come of good gov­er­nance, which can best be pro­moted through sound over­sight, we would be on the right track,” Dlodlo said.

The As­so­ci­a­tion of African Pub­lic Ser­vices Com­mis­sions com­prises pub­lic ser­vice com­mis­sions across the African con­ti­nent. Its pri­mary pur­pose is to col­lab­o­rate and share best prac­tice among them in or­der to pro­mote good gov­er­nance and ser­vice de­liv­ery.

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