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Hichilema urges NIPA to develop strategic vision to remain relevant, as 750 graduate


The National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) has been told to develop a vision that would ensure its continued relevance and compliment government in fostering ethical and competent public service.

President Hakainde Hichilema said this would necessitate a gap analysis to inform evidence-based interventions, position the institute to meet not only local but international demand on ethical standards.

The Head of State made the call during the 24th Graduation Ceremony of the NIPA, in a speech read on his behalf by Minister of Education Douglas Syakalima in Lusaka on Friday.

“There was need for NIPA to reflect as it marks its 60th anniversary and the golden jubilee this year while Zambia will be celebrating its 59th independence after it was established as a staff training college in 1963 for the civil service,” he said.

Hichilema said the re-introduction of mandatory pre-deployment of service training and certification for Public staff scheduled to commence on January 2, 2024, underscores government’s desire and recognition of NIPA’s role in capacity building for ethical and competent public service.

He added that the decision of mandatory pre-deployment of in-service training and certification was in line the 8th National Development Plan which stipulates governments vision for economic development.

“Today’s graduation ceremony marks the 24th since NIPA’s transformation into a semi-autonomy entity. The theme for the anniversary and golden jubilee is” 60 years of promoting ethical and competent public service through market driven training and consultancy,” Hichilema said.

The Head of State noted that government had realigned NIPA back to the Office of the President as per gazette number 1123 of 2021.

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He said the alignment was in line with the country’s values and principles as enshrined in the Republicqn Constitution.

“In 1998, government decided to transform NIPA as semi-autonomy entity through an Act of Parliament number 15 of 1998 as part of the public service reforms programme initiated in 193,” Hichilema said.

He added that ever since NIPA had evolved to addressing Zambia’s training and development needs, thus the need to continue on this path through a vision based on tailor-made trainings.

Zambia Monitor Managing Editor, Maimbolwa Mulikelela was among the 750 graduantes who graduated with Masters in Public Relations and emerged as the Best Student.

NIPA Executive Director, Royson Mukwena, said the institutes alumni stand as a tastement to its excellence in the realms of training, research and consultancy.

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