The African Association of Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) held its flagship innovation awards last night. KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize gave a keynote address on behalf of Minister for Public Service and Administration, Mr Richard Baloyi.
A Tanzanian organisation Integration of TRA Operations was named the 2010 winner of the prestigious African Association of Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) Gold Medal for Innovative Management.
The AAPAM Gold Award is the most prestigious award given in recognition of organisational excellence in creative managerial initiatives in public administration and management in the African Continent.
The award is sponsored by the Commonwealth Secretariat's Governance and Institutional Development Division through the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation.
By having their name inscribed in the 14 carat gold trophy, the Tanzanians join the likes of the South African Police Service - the only local organisation to have walked away with this top accolade - which was honoured at the 2007 roundtable in Mbabane Swaziland for a project "Mobile Community Service Centre".
The Silver Medal went to a Kenyan group for a project called "Access Records Management Function in the Service", while the second runner-up trophy went to Mauritius, won by an organisation for the "Area Control Project".
The Award for Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge in Public Administration and Management went to the Namialo Technological Village Project of Mozambique.
The Kenya Institute of Administration took the Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Public Administration in recognition of exceptional, effective and creative teaching of public administration and management in Africa. The Kenyans won this award for a project "Re-engineering the Admissions".
Since their launch at the 25th AAPAM Roundtable in Zambia in 2005, the awards ceremony has been the highlight of the annual event.
Dr Mkhize said the awards innovation awards were about honouring those who have foresight to travel where no one else had for the betterment of humanity in the African Continent.
He urged delegates to use the gathering as an opportunity to share knowledge on the best practices on service delivery excellence to rebrand Africa as :a Continent of opportunity".Zingisile Mapazi