The African Union Commission (AUC) has expressed concern over the slow pace of effort towards integrating the African Public Service for faster growth in the continent.
The AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Aisha Abdullahi made the remarks at the opening of the third Association of African Public Services Commissions (AAPSComs) General Assembly on Monday in Addis Ababa.
Abdullahi said: “As at today, only 31 AU Member States out of 54 have signed the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration.
“Among these 31 Member States, only six have duly finalised their ratification process.
“I strongly believe that Member States need to demonstrate their commitment to this key instrument for Public Service and Administration in signing and ratifying it.’’
Abdullahi urged the member States who had already signed but were yet to ratify the Charter to do that to enable its early implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
“We believe that AUC can partner with the AAPSComs to play this key role.
“The AUC is of the idea that it is only through the implementation of the Charter that we will be able to transform our public services and make our people benefit from the dividends which stem from an effective, efficient and innovative public service delivery,’’ she said.
Earlier, AAPSComs Chairperson, Ben Mthembu, said the Assembly was convened when there was growing increase in the demands from the citizenry for economic and social development.
Mthembu said the development had posed challenges to state capacity in ensuring service delivery in many African countries over recent years.
“The fiscal constraints placed on governments in their efforts to increase appropriations for key areas of service delivery have also contributed to capacity challenges that must be creatively overcome.
“This informed our decision to convene the General Assembly under the theme: `Human Resource Development and the challenges of state capacity for service delivery in Africa.’’
He said though there were many unresolved conflicts within the union, “Africa is currently the fastest growing economic region in the world and all economic and financial pundits clearly state that Africa is the next economic growth point.
“AAPSCOMS must provide that hub amongst African countries and be the bridge for other continental bodies like the African Union Commission to also come closer to the public services of African countries,’’ Mthembu said.
The AAPSCOMS chairperson said the programmes for the 3rd Assembly were designed with “the express purpose of assisting our members in their respective roles and functions in their home countries to ensure that there is greater and more regular formal interaction between African countries’’.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Chairman of Nigeria’s Federal Civil Service Commission, Joan Ayo, is leading the delegation representing West Africa in the two-day meeting.