In the Communiqué issued at the end of its 30th Roundtable Conference held in Accra, Ghana, from 6 to 10 October 2008, the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) endorsed the efforts to form the Africa Public Sector Human Resource Managers’ Network (APS-HRMnet) in the following terms:
- “There is need to modernize and professionalize the human resource function in public service organizations. In that regard, African public services must position the human resource management function by recruiting competent and professional HR practitioners, providing training and development opportunities and according them a supportive work environment. To this effect, the participants endorsed the initiative being taken to establish an Africa public sector human Resource Managers’ Network and urged African governments to accord it the required support. It was noted that the Government of Tanzania has already started working with United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) to organize capacity building training in human resource development in the public sector. All African Governments were urged to send human resource managers for this training”.
- Accordingly,the APS-HRMnet wasLaunched in Arusha, Tanzania during the “Workshop on Capacity Building for Human Resource Development Policy and Strategy in the Public Service in Africa” held in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania, from 23 to 27 February 2009. The founding documents of the APS-HRMnet were discussed and adopted, an Executive Council elected, an interim Executive Secretary appointed and two Ministers responsible for PublicService accepted to be its Matrons.
The Africa Public Sector Human Resource Managers’ Network (APS-HRMnet) aims at promoting and strengthening excellence, integrity and professional standards in the practice of human resource management in Public Sector institutions in Africa.