Responsible public Governance : an authentic and universal alternative for more efficient human and ethical public services
Dr. Stéphane Monney Mouandjo GD. CAFRAD Yaoundé May 2017

Your Excellency, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cameroon;

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of the Government;

Your Excellences, Distinguished members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Cameroon, here present;

Your Excellency, the Honourable Minister of Higher Education;

Dear Rector of the University of Yaoundé;

Your Excellency, the Director of the International Relations Institute of Cameroon;

Distinguished Teachers in your respective ranks and titles, here present;

Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen;

Dear students;

May I first express my tremendous joy for being amidst you here in Yaoundé, in this beautiful and great institution.

This institution with such a rich history in terms of the number of people and eminent personalities it has produced; mother institution of the African Diplomatic Career Training Schools and Institutes,

Institutions, whose only evocation, awakens in the collective consciousness, a legitimate feeling of respect and an incontestable form of reverence with regard to its successes of yesteryears and those of today,

My joy is even greater to be here in Yaoundé, in this beautiful school with which I maintain particularly close relations and to which I am equally closely attached.

Finally, I measure the privilege of finding a family, relatives and friends in this house, this beautiful and large house that has so often welcomed me and that has accompanied me happily for several years.

To Your Excellency the Honourable Minister, Dear Director, Dear professors and Dear colleagues, dear students;

I would like to tell you, THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you also for your words of welcome, thank you for your friendship,

I will not forget to thank you for your immense attention and hospitality at this pan-African meeting, the second of its kind organized by CAFRAD, after the success of the first meeting in Rabat, Morocco, almost three years ago.

A meeting that we wanted to perpetuate in this very special period when Africa, our mother continent, is gradually returning to the international stage.

Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen,

Two years ago, CAFRAD set up an important program for the renovation of its strategy in accordance with the wish of its member States. This broad and ambitious program aimed not only at accompanying administrative reforms and governance in African States, but also and above all, to accompany the integration strategies of Africans in changes currently on-going on the international scale, with a special emphasis on training and exchanges among the various training institutions for public services.

This included particularly the development of concerted strategies to train African youths in the current and future imperatives through the more inclusive and more effective design and redesign of strategies and actions at the regional level. It was also a question of defining useful and more ambitious bridges amongst different diplomatic career training institutions so as to enable Africa to acquire more competent staff and, above all, to be in resonance with the present and future concerns and challenges of our continent and the world in general.

It is in this spirit that I have the impetus to say that CAFRAD, faithful to its vocation since its creation in 1964, instituted this conference of Diplomatic careers training schools and institutes: the intention being, among other things, to gradually allow our States to groom and train diplomatic staff with more inclusive strategies at the regional level, through and thanks to the implementation of harmonized training programs, to enable young and less young African diplomats, to get better acquainted to one another, as well as to better manage the various challenges that face our continent.

Your Excellency, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Your Excellency, the Honourable Minister of Higher Education,

Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen,

The meeting that brings us together thus assumes a highly symbolic value. It consecrates for our institution, the new materialization, of a profound ambition: that of seeing Africa united around a strong, dignified and respectful vision of its men and women and that of the world, far from the old-fashioned and sometimes reductive clichés, but fully and resolutely turned towards the defence of the African dignity in full awakening for the benefit, well-being and prosperity of its children.

This meeting is also an eloquent testimony to the recognition, by our institution and all member and non-member States, of the very singular role played, and still played, by IRIC and the Republic of Cameroon, through its highest authorities, in the construction and consolidation of an awareness of the African States and, in particular, through the continuous search for the emergence in Africa of a diplomacy that is ever more present and more efficient, despite the various vicissitudes which sometimes besiege its legitimate ambitions.

At this juncture, let me solemnly emphasise the important place that CAFRAD accords the construction of a strong Africa, an Africa with new vision and ambitions, an Africa more than ever aware and conscious of its role in the emerging world as much as in the construction of a new world in which its sons and daughters, their material and immaterial welfare, their cultures and traditions, will be more and better recognized as well as more and better defended.

Your Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen,

CAFRAD, our institution, is pleased to be part of this laudable move. Admittedly, it is a particularly onerous but legitimate ambition coming at a time when the world, our world, is undergoing major transformations. At a time when Africa is more than ever solicited, but at the same time, at a time when different negative influences are trying, by various means, to weaken and frustrate our development and integration efforts.

For this reason, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen, the present meeting is intended to be one of the most important platforms for reflection, in which the heads of diplomatic career training institutions can freely exchange ideas around the current strategies and challenges that tend to mar diplomatic career trainings. In the same vein, they will be able to draw new, innovative, viable and realistic perspectives capable of accompanying this important move.

Africa cannot effectively build and consolidate its sustainable development without strong diplomacy. Similarly, it will not be able to make its voice heard without a resolute and more effective and cohesive commitment to quality training of its youth. This means that our schools will have to lay more emphasis on various forms of learning through internships and exchanges among the different institutions on our continent. In order to do this, CAFRAD invites the States and the schools represented here, as well as those absent, to set up cooperation programs in order to facilitate the continental mobility of students enrolled in various diplomatic career trainings.

By this mean, the various trainees will gradually learn and appreciate the techniques and strings of their chosen profession. They will learn its codes, share their experiences in the relevant best practices, and learn how to better serve their countries and, more broadly, their continent.

Your Excellency, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Honourable Ministers, here present,

Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen,

CAFRAD wants to be one of the privileged frameworks to accompany this strategy. It is a pan-African intergovernmental organization created in 1964 by the will of a group of African heads of States, led by the late King Hassan II of Morocco, with headquarters currently in Tangier. This institution now has some forty Member States covering all the sub-regions of our continent.

Let me use this golden opportunity to announce to you that, in a few weeks from now, the headquarters of CAFRAD will be moved to Rabat, the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco in a new headquarters offered by the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Over the last few years, it has hosted thousands of trainees from different countries in Africa and the world through partnerships with various training institutions of public administration around the world.

I am confident to say here that CAFRAD is at your side. It is willing to take active part in this movement of transformation and construction of our continental diplomacy.

I therefore hope that the present meeting will allow us to progressively actualise and build these new paths so that together we, African institutions, can participate in realising our dreams of a more effective diplomatic practice in Africa, and so that we can emerge a freer, more dignified and stronger Africa, self-conscious and conscious of its role and place in this fully and deeply transforming world, in which Africa, our continent and ourselves, are more than ever challenged.

Finally, I wish you very happy and fruitful deliberations.

Thank you for your kind audience.