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Malawi: Africa Public Service Day Vital to Malawi
Source: Google Alert
Source Date: Monday, June 24, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: Malawi
Created: Jun 24, 2013

We need to bring public service together in considering men and women, who are doing a good job, encourage them and promote professionalism among the public service," said Kachali.
Kachali further said that the hour has come for Malawi to have its public charter and the Malawi ethics and code of conduct that will be used by the public service which will help set standards of services that the public service needs to take as well as have a social impact between public service and the general public.
He thanked Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security for being ready to launch Malawi Public service charter in their ministry.
The Vice President however challenged all other Departments and the public service just like agriculture to prepare for the launch of the charter within the next 12 months.
Kachali thanked all public servants for the good work they are doing despite facing many challenges.
"Let me thank all public servants for the good work they are doing to their nation, Government is aware of the challenges that the public service is facing like inadequate working materials and lack good accommodation which is mainly faced by teachers working in rural areas," said Kachali.
Kachali also thanked the Canadian and Irish governments for introducing individual performance management system and develop as well as helping in introducing the service charter system respectively.
The Vice President further assured the public service that government will make sure that the public service is well supported and improve its working conditions like increasing the salaries and offering competitive recruitment. He further said that for the public service to do better it needs to be adequately resourced.
However, Kachali said, to sustain high levels of professionalism the government should ensure that the public service remains vibrant.
Speaking on the same function Chief Secretary to the Government, Hawa Ndilowe said the objective of the day is to commemorate the virtue and value of serving the community as well as reflecting on what needs to be done to improve productivity of the public service.
The day also saw the launch of the Malawi public service charter and recognition and awarding of certificates to top five government ministries and departments that have performed well. The top five that were awarded are The Malawi Law commission, Ministry of Finance, National Local Government Finance Committee, The Anti-Corruption Bureau and Ministry of Health respectively.
The public service charter was adopted in 2001 in Namibia with the aim of setting standards that would restore prestige and dignity to the public service and raise performance levels and competence in governments.
The African Public Service Day was declared by the AU in 1994 and is commemorated on June 23 each year. International dignitaries that were present at the commemoration included, United Nations Resident Representative to Malawi Ms. Mia Seppo and African Union Regional Representative-Southern African Dr. Salif Sada Sall. The theme for this year's day is, "enhancing an ethical and productive public service."
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