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    6 September, 2010
Experts discuss African Public Service Charter
Maputo, 6 Sept (AIM) - African Union experts began a meeting in Maputo on 6 September to discuss matters contained in the African Public Service Charter, a document through which AU member states hope to promote universal values and principles in public administration.

Speaking at the opening of the three-day meeting, Mozambique's Minister for the Public Service, Vitoria Diogo, said that the Charter seeks to strengthen professionalism and ethics in the public service in African states, resting on respect for human rights and the desire to provide a good service to citizens.

The Charter, she said, will serve as a point of reference for efforts to standardise the activities of the public service in Africa, without neglecting the specificities of each country. It took as its basis the best practices to support a fair and efficient public administration.
"The African Charter stresses our commitment to struggle tirelessly for the modernisation of the public administration", said Diogo. "It constitutes a common vision of the values and principles guiding the public service".

"The eyes of Africa are upon us", she continued. "The Charter has been long awaited. African public servants, our governments and peoples hope that our decisions will value the historic legacy of the great African leaders who laid the foundations for an independent and sovereign Africa, creating the political, social, geographic and economic space for the strengthening of our public administrations".

Diogo stressed, as the key principles, "the public interest ahead of individual interest; the maintenance of public confidence in the integrity and objectivity of our governance; openness to public inspection; transparency and accountability; and the ceaseless concern to fight against poverty".

She stressed the "enormous challenges" facing public administrations in Africa. These included improving service provision, building the capacity of human resources, and "increasing domestic resources so that we depend less on international aid".

"Despite some advances", Diogo said, "in Mozambique we still confront challenges in decentralization, professionalisation, the consolidation of financial administration, the fight against corruption, accountability and the simplification of procedures".

Nonetheless, the public sector reform was proceeding, and Diogo was confident that the measures already taken were having a positive effect.

The Charter was adopted by African Public Service Ministers at a meeting in Namibia in 2001, but the AU Executive Council subsequently called for it to be revised and updated. The Charter has yet to be ratified by AU member states, or by the AU itself.

The current experts' meeting in Maputo will be followed by a conference of Public Service Ministers on 9 September.
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