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Facilitate the Popularization and the Ratification of the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Public Services and Administration

28-30 mai 2012
Bujumbura, Burundi


1. The Member States of the African Union adopted the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration during the 16th AU Summit in January 2011. The Charter emanates from a concern to consolidate the democratic and governance gains that Member States have achieved through enhanced public service delivery and socio-economic development. Its adoption thus serves as a determination by Member States of the African Union to improve public service delivery, combat corruption, protect the rights of citizens as users of public service as well as promote good governance and sustainable development.

2. Whilst the Charter has been adopted by Members States, formal ratification takes time and requires ongoing encouragement and engagement with Member States. As of March 2012, four (4) of the seventeen Member States (Burundi, Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Senegal, Togo, Zambia, Benin, Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mauritius) that have signed the Charter have formally ratified it (Kenya, Namibia, Mauritius and the Congo).

3. Whilst ratification is the remit of Member States, the African Union Commission (AUC) and its partners can still mobilize key stakeholders such as Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to facilitate the process either through political or/and technical support. To give effect to this process, it is imperative that the AUC sensitize and capacitate the RECs to begin a process of reflection on the most appropriate strategies for taking forward the Charter process through its popularization, domestication and implementation. These strategies will also take into account the Long Term Strategy of African Governance and Public Administration Programme as well as the Public Service Management Guides developed by the African Union Conference of Ministers of Public Service as operational tools to domesticate and implement the Charter.

4. The involvement of RECs and some experts in this process which will be initiated through a workshop scheduled to be held in Bujumbura, Burundi, from 28 to 30 May 2012. The Government of the Republic of Burundi through its Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Social Security expressed its willingness to host the workshop.

5. The workshop will gather all the eight (8) RECs alongside some experts in line with the African Union Conference of Ministers of Public Service (AUCMPS) recommendations. As far as the RECs are concerned, it should be noted that the Addis Ababa December 2005 Declarations calls to strengthen the role of Regional Economic Communities in supporting Public Sector Reform Efforts as follows. It backs “the initiatives aimed at creating linkages to encourage dialogue that will assist in defining the potential contributions of Regional Economic Communities to support national and regional efforts aimed at public sector effectiveness” and calls upon “the AUC … to lead the process that will further accelerate existing dialogues and initiatives by RECs to engage in public sector capability development interventions, in close consultation with the African Union Commission”. The May 2011 Nairobi Declaration calls “on the African Union Commission to engage with Regional Economic Communities to establish modalities of collaboration and cooperation on matters of public service and administration”.


6. In view of the need to sensitize and capacitate the RECs to popularize, domesticate and implement the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration as well as its operational associated tools, the following are the specific objectives of the meeting :

a. To secure the contribution of RECs as Policy makers and drivers of integration process for Public Sector effectiveness.

b. To reflect on the implications and the added value of the Charter and its associated operational tools to Member States’ effort at enhancing public sector reforms and public service delivery.

c. To develop strategies and approaches for popularizing, domesticating and implementing the Charter, the Long Term Strategy and the Public Service Management Guides across Member States.

d. To develop strategies for ensuring that the Charter is ratified by Member States and articulate a framework for its domestication and implementation at the country level.

e. To begin to reflect on the domestication and implementation implications of the Charter as well as one of operational tools.

7. It is anticipated that the meeting would conclude with an AUC-RECs ‘Joint Plan of action’ that could guide the AUC and the RECs on the way forward on the Charter as well as the Public Service Long Term Strategy and Management Guides. It is expected that the frameworks would include details on the actions that are needed, the time lines for each of the action areas and the budget and contributions that would be required for each area of work.


8. As the workshop is directed at sensitizing and capacitating RECs for taking forward the Charter, the Long Term Strategy and the Management Guides, they will be made up of experts who have direct knowledge on these legal and operational instruments and have an ability to use them as a source of inspiration in policy making processes and in designing and implementing public service reforms programmes.

9. The first workshop will be attended by representatives of Regional Parliaments and Experts dealing with Public Service and Administration Programmes within RECs secretariats. It is anticipated that these parliamentarians and experts from RECs will have an interest in taking forward the Charter as well as the associated tools in the light of their respective mandate and will be able to contribute to reflections on the most appropriate approaches and strategies for ensuring the ratification, domestication and implementation of the Charter across all member states. Relevant individuals from the Department of Political Affairs (AUC) and representatives from selected organizations active in the terrains of governance and public service will also attend the workshop.

10. To ensure that the workshop will serve as a platform for substantive discussion on the development of ‘Joint Plans of action’, it will be limited to a maximum of 30 participants. Most of the meeting will be devoted to expert presentations of the legal and operational instruments followed by active discussions on strategies to take forward the Charter. As appropriate and necessary, smaller groups discussions will be facilitated. It is expected that an expert ‘brainstorm’ facilitator will guide the meeting.


Mr. Abraham Roch OKOKO-ESSEAU
Democracy and Governance Officer
Tel : +251 912 77 48 91
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Publié le 24 mai 2012

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