2-week course for civil servants from W/A opens

The international training programme on Public Service Delivery Improvement (PSDI) has commenced in Accra with a call on civil servants in the African sub-region to work effectively to lead the development agenda.

The two-week course, under the sponsorship of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is hosted by the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) with participants from Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Speaking at the opening of the course yesterday, Deputy Chief of Staff, Samuel Abu Jinapor, said the civil service constitutes the technical wing of any country that ensures the formulation and implementation of policies geared towards development.

Regular capacity building programmes, he noted was imperative in making the sector effective and efficient in the delivery of services required to accelerate growth.

“The success of any civilisation was dependent on the capacity and efficiency of its civil service”, Mr. Jinapor explained, saying that the quest to strengthen and reform public sector service was to enhance the delivery of service.

Although the private sector was widely regarded as the engine of growth of any economy, Mr. Jinapor said the absence of an effective and competent civil service would hinder the growth private sector.

He said the work of the civil service was critical in improving the living standards of every country and urged participants to develop concrete proposals for the restructuring and reform of the service to enable it contribute to development.

He stressed the importance of the civil service in government’s agenda of eradicating poverty and improving livelihoods saying “the continent needs the services of civil servants in our quest to break the shackles of poverty”.

Nana Agyekum Dwamena, the Head of Civil Service, emphasised the role of the Civil Service in the sub-region’s developmental agenda and urged participants to develop a positive attitude towards the delivery of public service.

The training programme, he said was the 3rd phase of a project to strengthen the capacity of civil service in the three participating countries.

The 1st and 2nd programme, he noted was the training in ethical leadership, quality productivity improvement and training of trainers and urged participants to take advantage of the course to improve the delivery of service in their respective countries.

Mrs. Dora Dei-Tumi, Principal, CSTC, said the programme was focused on developing change agents to strengthen the capacity of public service providers to ensure efficiency.

By Claude Nyarko Adams     

 

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