APSD 18th Anniversary Opens In Accra Today

AZONG ALHASSAN The 18th anniversary of the Africa Public Service Day (APSD) opens in Accra.This is the first time Ghana is hosting the event since its inception in 2004.

The theme for this year’s celebration which was launched in Accra, last thursday is ‘Africa Public Service in the age of open government: Giving voice to the citizens’.

The climax of the celebration which is on Sunday, June 23, will be attended by dignitaries from countries across the continent, and will be addressed by President John Dramani Mahama.

Highlights of the celebration include lectures and educational tours of tourist attraction sites. The Minister of State at the Presidency in-charge of Public Sector Reform, Alhassan Azong, launching the event said the commemoration of the day was to create avenues for exchange of experiences, innovations, ideas, and good practices in governance and public administration.

According to him, the event would also enhance professionalism and motivate public servants to promote dynamism in their field.
“We also seek to reward excellence and innovative practices in public service to raise the image of public service and enhance trust in government”, he said, adding, this was the period for the continent to honour hard working public servants and integrate them into national policy framework.

The African United Nations’ Public Service Day is held on June 23 annually to emphasise that democracy and successful governance were founded on a competent civil service.

The day is to celebrate the value and virtue of service to the community. It has its root in the declaration of the first Pan-African Conference of Ministers of Public Service held in Tangiers, Morocco in 1994.

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