MOU between AAPA and the African Association for Public Administration & Management (AAPAM)
The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM, http://www.aapam.org) and the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA, http://aapa.or.kr) made an MOU to promote possible collaborations for mutual benefits on July 14, 2016. AAPAM is an International professional association for African public administrators and it gives a platform for articulation and dissemination of ideas on capacity building and development issues in the African region.
AAPAM was formed in 1971 in Freetown, Sierra Leone and its secretariat is currently located in Nairobi, Kenya. A group of Permanent Secretaries in charge of Public Services from several African countries met to discuss and address the issues facing the African Public Services in 1962. Similar meetings came to be held every year in rotation in various capitals of independent Africa. In 1971, this network of Heads of Civil Service decided to formalize their assembly – giving birth to the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM). AAPAM was inaugurated by the President of Sierra Leone, the late Dr. Siaka Stevens and had, as its first President, Kenya Cabinet Minister Dr. Robert Ouko. Current AAPAM President is Dr. Roland Msiska who is the Secretary to the Cabinet in Zambia.
In April of 2015, Professor Pan Suk Kim (AAPA President) and Mr. George K. Scott (Secretary-General of AAPAM) discussed to sign an MOU between AAPAM and AAPA during the annual meeting of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UNCEPA) at the UN Headquarters in New York. After that, Mr. George K. Scott and Mr. Bok Gyo Jeong (Chair of the US Chapter of AAPA and Professor of Public Administration at Kean University in New Jersey) followed up this matter again in April of 2016 and then Professor Jeong visited the AAPAM’s Secretariat on July 14, 2016. Accordingly, Mr. George K. Scott and Mr. Bok Gyo Jeong on behalf of Professor Pan Suk Kim had an MOU Signing Ceremony in the AAPAM’s Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya on July 14, 2016.