Africa Public Service Day National Celebrations
The 2022 Africa Public Service Day (APSD) National Celebrations exhibition opened its doors to the public 21st June 2022 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre with over 150 Ministries, Departments and Agencies from the National and County Governments showcasing their services at the Tsavo Ballroom. Where Kenya Trade Remedies (KETRA) also participated under the State Department for Trade Booth.
The three-day event themed “Celebrating Public Service Transformation: 10 Year Journey and Beyond” is premised on the Government’s deliberate effort to transform the Kenya Public Service in order to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to the Citizenry. The theme takes cognizance of the great achievements made in Public Service transformation of the tenure of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The APSD is an Africa Union calendar event celebrated every 23rd June and emanated from the declaration of the 1st Conference of the Africa Ministers for Public/Civil Service (CAMPS) in their meeting held in Tangiers, Morocco in 1994.
The event was officially launched by Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens and Special Programmes Rachel Shebesh on behalf of her CS Prof. Margaret Kobia. She thanked the Public Servants in her speech and encouraged them to continue the good work done this far, and to come up with new initiatives and innovative ways of serving the public.
The main objective of APSD celebrations generally includes enabling Public Servants to reflect on the function of the Civil Service; its mission and objectives, programmes and projects, successes and challenges. It aims at motivating and encouraging Public Servants to continue the good work done and provides due recognition of the working conditions and quality of men and women who devote their lives to diligently serve the public.
Members of the public are encouraged to visit KICC to appraise public service delivery, provide feedback and receive public services at various counters. Alongside the exhibition is a symposium which entails paper presentations and panel discussions to provide an opportunity to scholars, practitioners and thought leaders to share new information and research in areas touching on public service transformation.
The highlight of the 3-day event will be an address by H.E President Uhuru on Thursday 23rd June 2022 after he tours the exhibition before presenting awards and certificates to Best Public Service innovations and innovators.