Public Service Day commemoration underway

21 Jun 2016 14:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 21 JUN (NAMPA) – Activities in commemoration of African Public Service Day (APSD) commenced at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Monday.
The day, 23 June, is an entrenched and strategic event on the African Union (AU) calendar to recognise the value and virtue of service to the community. The initiative is part of the continental strategy to boost public administration programmes, public sector performance and good governance.
The theme of this year’s commemoration is ‘Public governance for inclusive growth: Towards the Africa we want.’
The three-day commemoration at the Ongwediva Trade Fair Centre started with the setting up of information stalls of the various offices and the welcoming of guests on Monday.
It ends on Thursday.
Speaking at the opening event, Deputy Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Christine //Hoebes said public services across the African continent, and in particular, the public service of Namibia, face almost the same challenges in carrying out their work; including limited human and institutional capacity, issues of inclusivity, transparency and accountability.
“In order to understand the public service challenges as central to inclusive growth that can lead to the Namibia we want, we should see issues such as high unemployment and widening inequality as the reason why inclusive growth has become central to policy intervention in our country.
“This day is therefore geared towards putting in place policies that deliver strong economic growth along with equal distribution of resources,” //Hoebes noted.
She added that to address these challenges that are central to socio-economic development and growth, Government has implemented measures to improve the quality of public service delivery, including the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), which is a targeted action plan to accelerate development in clearly defined priority areas.
Tuesday’s programme includes public lectures, while sports activities such as football and netball are scheduled to take place every day.