President Edgar Lungu says Zambia is committed to implementing the African charter on values and principles of the public service and administration in order to facilitate sustainable development.
Speaking during the official opening of the 37th African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) annual round table conference at Mulungushi Conference Centre, President Lungu said the charter is a vital tool for transforming public administration and management.
The president added that the charter also promotes accountability, integrity, transparency, professionalism, ethics and responsible use of resources in public service and administration.
He said Africa is endowed with abundant natural resources and a youthful population yet faces challenges because of weak institutions, governance systems and partnerships.
ZANIS reports that President Lungu noted that most of Africa’s economies are over dependent on wasting assets characterized by weak investments in science and technology.
He pointed out that inadequate value addition initiatives makes African countries vulnerable to both natural and external shocks.
The Head of State has since challenged the AAPAM conference to come up with well informed and practical interventions that will set public administration and management on a transformational path and strengthen African states capabilities to meet the needs and aspirations of its people.
President Lungu urged African countries to utilize the largely untapped resources of its people in the diaspora who have knowledge, skills, competences and capital that have the potential to greatly enhance the capacity of public administration in Africa.
He further added that Africa should strive to create merit based and citizens centred public service in order to become effective engines of development.
President Lungu called for the enhancement of communication and technology as it has the potential to eliminate the urban rural divide that characterizes several African countries.
And speaking earlier AAPAM president Roland Msiska said the organisation will continue promoting professionalism in public administration in Africa.
Dr Msiska who is also Secretary to Cabinet said the round table conference will provide an opportunity for African countries to mentor each other as well share best practices in enhancing service delivery.
The driving theme for this year’s conference is “Transforming Public Administration and Management in order to contribute towards agenda 2063 within the context of sustainable development goals.