The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) 39th Roundtable Conference was hosted by the Government of Botswana through the Ministry for Public Service of Botswana in partnership with the University of Botswana. The Conference was held at the FAIRGROUND, Gaborone, Botswana on the 06 -09 NOVEMBER 2018.
- The Conference was held under the theme: Innovation, Resourcefulness, Integration and Inclusivity; Fundamentals for the Transformation of Governance and Public Administration in Africa to achieve the Agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development Goals.
- The AAPAM roundtable conferences provide platforms for knowledge sharing, mentorship, capacity building and networking on approaches to improve and enhance service delivery in member countries.
SIERRA LEONE’S PARTICIPATION
- 4. Sierra Leone’s Representation comprises of:
- Mr. John Sumailah-Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service Head of Delegation
- Mr. Ansu S. Tucker –Director-General HRMO
- Mr. Emmanuel T. Komba - Deputy Financial Secretary
- Mr. Aloma John Konuwa - Snr ICT Officer Cabinet Secretariat.
- Attendance at the Roundtable Conference was five hundred and forty-one from 29 countries and the participants were:
- Cabinet and Deputy Ministers
- Heads of Public/Civil Services and Secretaries to Cabinet
- Permanent/Principal Secretaries
- Chairpersons and Commissioners for Public Service Commission
- Heads of Management Development Institutes
- Representatives of Statutory Institutions
- Development Partners;
- Scholars and Researchers, Practitioners
- Local elected officials and other High Ranking Government Officials
- AAPAM Young Professionals and other delegates of various standing
- The 39th AAPAM Roundtable Conference was officially declared open by Hon. Nonofo Molefhi Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration: Government of Botswana on behalf of the President H.E Dr Mokgweetsi E. K Masisi and followed by the official opening speech which was delivered by Dr Roland Msiska, Secretary to Cabinet of the Government of Zambia and the AAPAM President.
CONFERENCE FORMAT AND ACTIVITIES
- The Roundtable conference took the form of Plenary Sessions, Parallel Sessions, Specialised Sessions, National/Regional Reports and the AAPAM Council Meeting. The Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service of Sierra Leone served as moderator at Plenary 3 Day-2 of the Conference on the theme of the day: “Innovation and Resourcefulness for Good Governance in Public Administration: Driving Transportation for the attainment of Agenda 2063 and the SDGs.
Established AAPAM Networks met on the margins of the Conference. These were:
- The Academia
- The AAPAM-YPN
- The APS-HRMNet
- Ministers/Cabinet Secretaries
In these Forums information was exchanged, experiences shared and lessons learned.
During the conference, the new Executive Committee and Council were elected at the General Assembly. Sierra Leone was elected into the Executive of the under-mentioned specialised agencies of the AAPAM:
- Ansu S. Tucker ( DG HRMO) as Vice President West Africa, Africa Public Sector Human Resource Managers’ Network (APS-HRMnet)
Aloma John Konuwa (Snr ICT Officer Cabsec) as Vice President West Africa AAPAM –Young Professionals Network (YPN)
Similarly, the AAPAM Gold Award and Innovation Management Award (IMA) winners were awarded. These awards were established to recognise outstanding achievement and promotion of best practice, excellence and professionalism in public administration and management.
- Conference shared and exchanged the following insights:
- Corruption is expensive, corrosive, retards development and citizens loss confidence in the public service systems due to this vice
- Transformational leadership is about tomorrow and the determination of that tomorrow is today: in other words it is seeing the problems of tomorrow and solving them today
- In interrogating how the concept of inclusivity can be an enabler for service delivery one has to commence from the premise that Africa has serious challenges of inequality
- Ethnic fragmentation is inimical to inclusivity hence social cohesion, efficient institutions, engaged leadership and affirming the “we the people fundamental” are key enablers of inclusivity
- Africa boasts a significant demographic dividend but this presents a danger if not well harnessed
- Inclusivity reduces discrimination and gives dignity to the people
- Religion if well deployed can be a useful tool of inclusivity – not divide people on religious ground
- There is a danger that trust enables corruption hence the need to find a fine balance
- The SDGs will be achieved when people have the mind-set to change, concerned for the future generation are innovative and have a deep sense of belief in collaborative partnership
- Innovation and creativity are a central characteristic of resilience
- Corruption is not an administrative problem but rather a deep-rooted societal phenomenon
- The conference reiterated that:
- Without capacity Africa’s sustainability of its development agenda may be at risk
- Sustainable management of Resources also require accountable institutions
- Institutional framework for innovation is important and M & E is key to breeding and sustaining innovations
- Training is critical to socializing public servants – young and old - to new ways through values, mores and a culture of industry
- Good leadership provides an enabling environment for high productivity and an ethical orientation
- It is always preferable that the public administration remains apolitical so that advise is rendered genuinely, professionally and without bias
- Africa is confronted with the challenges of integrating the vulnerable in the development agenda
- The Conference made the following Recommendations:
- The AAPAM platform opportunity for co-production, co-designing and co-implementation; as well include citizens in service delivery
- It is important for the Political and Administrative leadership to ensure gender balance in every programme undertaking
- All training institutions should intensely focus on ethics and professionalism to combat the menace of corruption
- AAPAM should review, update and modernise its constitution
- AAPAM will introduce a new criteria for innovations that are replicated
- A strategy for young employment should not focus entirely on creating space in the public service but rather on how government can create an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive and expand economic opportunity
- Policy makers and administrators should strive to closely examine, imbibe and internalise the SDGs and Agenda 2063 to be able to correctly interpret its true essence
- It is the responsibility of administrative and political leaders to devise a strategy that identifies the most vulnerable in society then design programmes to pull them from this survivalist state
- Leaders should develop a comprehensive approach in managing conflict interest: creative approaches like e-learning, open discussion, awareness, re-training on a regular basis as well as positive incentives should be considered
- Governments should monitor social media to anticipate appropriate position and react timeously to activism.
- For Sierra Leone:
- National Chapters should be established as a matter of urgency to create sensitivity to the role of AAPAM and APS-HRMnet and membership should comprise of:
- Private Sector
- Learning Institutions(Management Development Institutions)
- Commit to meet financial contributions/subscriptions to the Association and various affiliate Networks
iii. Support to integrate AAPAM into the ECOWAS community.
Delegates were pleased to know that the 40th Roundtable Conference will be held in Cairo, Egypt in November 2019. The Conference theme will be advised in due course. Delegates thanked the Government and the People of Egypt for accepting to host the next Roundtable.
Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service
Mr. Aloma John Konuwa
Senior ICT Officer