By MyGov Team
Nairobi will this week be host to the 7th Edition of the African Public Service Day (APSD), running from 21st to 23rd June at the Kenyatta International Conventions Center (KICC).
This year’s event, themed: The Intersection of Youth Empowerment and Migration: Entrenching a culture of Good Governance, ICT and innovation for inclusive service delivery, is expected to showcase innovation and growth momentum within the African continent.
According to the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service Prof. Margaret Kobia, the theme is premised on AU’s aspirations as stipulated in Agenda 2063 whereby Africans desire to build a continent that puts its citizens at the center of all programs and projects. The focus on youth empowerment, she says, is lent credence by the ever-increasing youth bulge within the African Continent, the forecast of 830 million young people in Africa by 2050.
It similarly resonates with the decision of the AU Heads of State to declare 2019 as the year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons, to appreciate the irrefutable fact that African countries experience migration in varying forms, and hence the need to capacitate the public service to be able to handle migrants in a humane and dignified manner
The annual event, held every June, seeks to ensure galvanization of efforts of the African Union Member States and initiatives that are supporting and increasing awareness on how best to promote continental growth.
According to the CS, it is expected that discussions during this year’s celebration will appropriately identify challenges impeding delivery of efficient and effective public services to satisfy citizens’ expectations.
It will, according to the CS, further propose sustainable solutions as well as reposition Africa’s public administrations to more efficiently contribute to addressing the issues of migration, refugees and displaced persons on the continent.
The ICT component in this year’s theme similarly reinforces the general importance of technology in the execution of service delivery, with the realization that One way to improve the efficiency of public services is to use ICT as an enabler for innovative approaches to service delivery and an integral component of building a capable and developmental public administration in Africa
The overall aim of the 2019 APSD theme and sub-themes, according to the CS, is to build strong, competent, innovative, and professional and merit based public institutions that serve and deliver effectively and efficiently to the satisfaction of the citizenry.
Some of the specific thematic areas lined up for discussion during the event include; the role of technology in harnessing Africa’s youth dividend: A new approach for empowering the youth and tapping their potential; The obligation of Inclusivity, Integration and Efficiency: the challenge of building an ethical, professional and result oriented Public Service.
Other thematic areas include; the role of Public Service and administration in building the requisite institutional capacity to better manage and facilitate integration of migrants and; The 4th Industrial Revolution: Prospects, Challenges and Opportunities for public service and Administration.
The Africa Public Service Day was adopted by the Pan African Ministers for Public Service in Tangiers, Morocco in 2002. The Decision was later adopted by the African Union policy making organs.
The celebration of the APSD takes place at two levels, namely: national and continental. The continental celebration is a biennial event while the AU Member States are mandated to celebrate the APSD at National level, every June.
To date the continental APSD has been celebrated six times; in Namibia (2007); in Tanzania (2009 & 2011), in Ghana (2013), in Congo (2015), in Rwanda (2017). The Nairobi event will be the 7th in this series.