Mozambique: Guebuza Calls for Integrity and Efficiency in State

Maputo — Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Thursday stressed the importance of building an efficient state apparatus, oriented towards results, and devoted to citizens.

He was speaking in Maputo at the Third National Conference on Good Practices in Public Administration, intended to serve as a platform for dialogue and exchanges of experience about the improvements being made in the public sector.

'These meetings show the commitment and determination of our public sector to continue deepening reforms in order to achieve a public administration that is ever more centred on citizens, and committed to excellence, meritocracy, the culture of hard work, productivity and accountability', declared Guebuza.

The event has presented examples of good practices followed in the public administration, and Guebuza hoped that these would inspire each state institution, sector or employee to seek new ways of serving citizens, always informed by the law.

'We are thus urging each of you to cultivate continually the spirit of public service and to take on board the fact that the reason for the existence of the state apparatus is to make the lives of citizens easier, by guiding them and responding in good time to their complaints and petitions', said Guebuza.

The Minister for the Public Service, Vitoria Diogo, declared that the fight against corruption is a determinant factor in building a culture of integrity in the public administration.

She stressed the need to promote transparency, integrity and good governance through preventing crimes of corruption, and holding corrupt officials responsible for their actions.

She said that the government wants to create an environment of greater legality in the public sector. That involved 'seeking to strengthen and disseminate the culture of integrity in society, by inhibiting corrupt practices and ensuring that state resources are directed to the fight against poverty and to the development of the country'.

Diogo instructed all sectors of the public administration, at central, provincial and district level, to draw up plans of action to fight against corruption by December.

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