SA government officials need some training and Prof. Richard M Levin, the Principal of the National School of Government (NSG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the French government for the training of South African government officials in France.
The officials will participate in the French Ecole Nationale D’Administration (ENA) training programmes.
BuzzSouthAfrica learned that the training is aimed at empowering civil servants so as to initiate sustainable projects with lasting impacts.
Prof. Levin said the Memorandum of Understanding with the French government is a building block towards a stronger, more meaningful and sustainable collaboration between ENA and the NSG.
“Let us take this initiative to greater heights. We need to tailor and make the programme an African Governance Programme and it must be offered as a higher diploma and later at a Masters level,” stated Prof. Levin.
A media statement from NSG said:
“The ENA training programmes, the French Embassy and the NSG agreed that the scope of the partnership should be expanded to include other areas of collaboration such as exchange of information and publications on training programmes, curricula of studies and other activities of common interest; exchange of information on the use of pedagogical tools (case studies, seminars, simulations); promotion of contacts and exchange of trainees, students, top civil servants, experts and researchers (study visits, training sessions); increasing participation of South African candidates to ENA’s long-term trainings, in coordination with the French Embassy in Pretoria; joint participation in workshops, conferences, research programmes and colloquiums; joint search for new partnerships in other African countries, including post-conflict ones as well as annual participation in management training programmes offered by ENA, among others.”
The media statement further related that an important strategic development during the NSG and ENA collaboration is the signing of the Partnership Framework Document (PFD) by President Zuma during his State visit to France in 2011.
A new PFD was again, signed by Mr. President and his French counterpart when he visited the Western Europe country this year in July.
The document is for the period of 2016 to 2019, and it reaffirmed the commitment of the two Heads of State to continue working together for the development of South Africa and France.