Ivorian President Ouattara in Rwanda for 'Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend'

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - President Alassane Dramane Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire has arrived in Rwanda to participate in the "Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend," the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation held every year in a different African country to debate issues of critical importance to Africa.

The three-day event will bring together prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners, organisers said on Friday.

The opening ceremony will consist of a leadership ceremony, where participants will welcome and celebrate the 2017 Laureate, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

A whole day is then dedicated to the Ibrahim Forum, a high-level discussion forum which tackles the challenges facing Africa and sets out priorities for action. The weekend concludes with a public concert highlighting some of the best performers of the continent.

The Ibrahim Forum will focus this year on Public Service in 21st century Africa: its key relation to good governance and effective leadership, its new challenges and current shortcomings, the ways and means to strengthen it and make it appealing to the next generation.

The latest 2018 Ibrahim Forum Report: Public Service in Africa, released earlier this month by The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has assessed the current state of African public services and their key challenges, both from the job attractiveness side and from the delivery side.

According to the report's findings, on average, African public services display a continent-wide
lack of capacity.  

"They (African public services) remain a relatively small employer, at a cost higher than in other regions, with large country disparities. In health, education and security, public supply is far from answering the demand," the report said.

Commenting on this year's celebration, Mo Ibrahim, Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said: “Public service is the pillar of governance. Without strong public services and committed public servants, there will be no efficient delivery of expected public goods and services, nor implementation of any commitment, however strongly voiced.”

On a continent where external financial flows are still equivalent to almost half of domestic tax revenues, where tax revenues only amount to less than 15% of GDP on average, and where a majority of citizens are in favour of paying for their public services, strengthening tax collection is a key path to autonomy and ownership, the report pointed out.
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27 avril 2018 09:48:48

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