MINISTER of Public Service, Keketso Sello says the African seminar came at an opportune time when the African public service is required to act on several fronts at the same time in an economic environment characterised by ever increasing financial constraints.
Oct. 20, 2021
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Lesotho hosts Africa capacity building seminar
Minister of Public Service, Keketso Sello
- Assembly to familiarise participants with provisions of African Charter
- Citizens have lost confidence in public agencies due to poor service delivery
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This, he said when officially opening the three-day Capacity Building Seminar for States Parties to the African Charter on Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration on the State Parties Assessment Tool (SPAT).
The seminar, which commenced on Monday in Maseru brought together representatives from some African countries with the objective to amongst others, familiarise participants with the provisions of the charter and tools for effective reporting on its implementation and make participants understand when and how to conduct a state party assessment and the requirements for ensuring objective and impartial assessments.
Mr Sello said public service is clouded by reports on unprecedented corruption and where public officers are required to do more with less resources amidst diverse challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said without a strong public sector and committed public officers, efficient delivery of expected services to the citizens shall never be realised.
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He said the recipients of public services (citizens) are dissatisfied and have completely lost confidence in public agencies due to poor quality of services extended to them, manifested by long queues and lack of professionalism in the delivery of such services.
He was hopeful that the African Charter on values and principles of public services shall play a pivotal role in strengthening the capacity and capability of the public service for the improved performance and service delivery.
The seminar that is funded by the European Union (EU) and the African Union Commission ends on Wednesday. LeNA