n Journal of Public Administration - Editorial
|© Publisher:||South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM)|
|Journal||Journal of Public Administration|
|Publication Date||Jun 2007|
|Pages||85 - 86|
The Association of Southern African Schools and Departments of Public Administration and Management (ASSADPAM) held its annual conference at the Polytechnic of Namibia in Windhoek from 30 May to 1 June 2007 on the theme: Sustainable public service reform: challenges and opportunities. The Conference provided an opportunity for various speakers to consider the complexities of development and the factors that could promote or impede the achievement of developmental goals in a state. It became clear that the government and its administrative machinery should not only rely on policies aimed at improving the economy, but should consider carefully the organizational structures required to promote development; the provision of competent personnel to carry out the policies; the political commitment to effect reform; and the recognition of basic values to support the administration and managerial functions in accordance with the requirements of a democratic state. A topic included in the discussions was the need for training and research in Public Administration and Management.
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