The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Africa: LIPA Deputy Gets AU Training Assignment

Mr. Richard S. Panton, Deputy Director General of the Liberian Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) has been inducted as Regional Faculty for the African Union Governance and Public Service Program.Mr. Panton recently completed one week training on the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) from November 19-24, 2012.

The training brought together senior public servants and trainers from management development institutes in West and Southern Africa.

The participants were trained in seven modules drawn from the African Charter (Tenets of the African Charter, ICT, Human Resource Policy Architecture, Performance Management, Leadership and Management Development In the Public Service, The Long term Strategy for the creation of developmental states across Africa.

During the training, Panton facilitated the session on Leadership and Management Development in the Public Service.

He showed how good leaders and managers are crucial to the development of African States and that the African public services need leaders and managers that are trained in leadership and management to be able to adequately conceptualize the complexities of development in Africa.

He said that there is a need to critically look at African educational systems with the view to introduce life skills as well as societal values.

The African Charter on the Values and Principles of Public Service Administration is intended to guide the transformation of the African states into developmental states wherein the state will be citizen centered aimed at providing better life for the people, the institutionalization of sound macroeconomic framework, sound systems of public administration, transparency and accountability among others.

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