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Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi on Thursday challenged public servants to strengthen their integrity, in order to fight corruption, by promoting humility, loyalty and competence.
Speaking on Monday during ceremonies marking International Public Service Day, an event that coincided with the launch of Mozambique’s Public Administration Wage Reform, Nyusi stressed that public servants and agents of the State should be guided by self-denial, professional ethics, serenity, efficiency, as well as cultivating ethical values in the exercise of their duties.
‘We challenge each one of us, public servants, both individually and collectively, to set an example of integrity, of the fight against corruption, promoting honesty, loyalty, competence, and selflessness, and cultivating values of ethics, serenity, and efficiency”, he said.
The president argued that these values, when observed by public servants, increase the credibility of public administration in the country.
Nyusi, reviewing the steps that led to the Public Administration Wage Reform, explained that it was the result of the Global Reform of the Public Administration, launched in 2001, with a view to providing ‘better answers to the emerging challenges of the sector.”
The global reform, he said, was an exercise to give credibility to the state apparatus, encouraging a change in attitude to better serve citizens, and ensure results-oriented service delivery.
“We also have the conviction that this reform is not time-limited, nor is it a one-time event. The reform is intended to be ongoing”, the president said
He explained that, based on the Global Reform, the strategy for the reform and development of the public administration was defined for the period 2012 – 2025, an instrument that led to the approval, for example, of the new General Statute of State Employees and Agents, the implementation of a new recruitment regime in the state apparatus, the relaxation of the admission process in cases of disasters, emergencies and similar situations, as well as the establishment of an electronic management platform for the state’s human resources.
“Also, in response to the objectives of the reform, we have re-launched the training institutes for public and municipal administration. With the aim of promoting transparency, integrity, good governance and the fight against corruption, we created the citizen hotline, connected to the General Inspectorate of Public Administration”, Nyusi said.
“On the occasion of International Public Service Day, we decided to launch the wage pyramid, which is part of the implementation of the strategy of reform and development of the public administration”, he said.
The president stressed that the wage reform aims to value, attract and retain the best people in the State apparatus, which does not currently occur. Low wages and poor conditions drive qualified staff away from the state and into the private sector.
‘The remuneration framework currently in force is characterized by the existence of scattered legislation, with 108 different wage scales, which causes discrepancies between employees and agents of the State with similar professional requirements”, he said, explaining that the new Single Wage Table (TSU) reduces the number of wage levels from 63 to 21.
He noted that the TSU eliminates the proliferation of remuneration statutes approved in a discriminatory way and sometimes for careers where wages are already high, worsening the wage gap between employees, “which generates discontent and inefficiency in public administration.”
The wage reform for the State Apparatus was approved last February, and defines the rules and criteria for setting remuneration for public servants, including for the Defence and Security Forces.
“It is an act of courage”, Nyusi said, adding that the wage reform aims, above all, to create stability and professionalization of the state’s human resources, improve the management of human, financial and patrimonial resources, and establish a balance between the various professional careers.
Other objectives have to do with improving the quality of public service delivery, greater competitiveness and employee commitment, and greater commitment to the pursuit of know-how.