PRETORIA — South African Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says public administration has to go beyond national boundaries and have a global reach to deal with global governance and administrative and public policy challenges.
Addressing the 5th General Assembly of the Association of African Public Services Commissions (AAPSComs) here Tuesday, she said the ideals of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should inspire governments to work harder to build the credibility of State institutions, to better serve communities.
Dlodlo said the AAPSComs must play an instrumental role in contributing towards the effectiveness of public service across the continent. If we were to 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 towards an efficient and accountable public service, she said.
Noting that Africa has made significant progress in the area of good governance, she added: “A number of countries in Africa are also playing more important roles in the allocation of funds towards health and education and these actions are resulting in significant improvements in child mortality, primary enrolment rates and access to life-saving medicines.”
Moving forward, focus lies in the building of capable States, endowed with transparent, accountable political and economic systems, and efficient public institutions to provide an enabling environment for all stakeholders to play their respective roles in efforts to consolidate the foundations of sustainable development.
AAPSComs was established on 9 April 2008 in Kampala, Uganda, to collaborate, share experiences and best practices among Public Service Commissions in order to promote good governance and improve service delivery in the public services of the continent.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK