Armed with the objective of facilitating inter-governmental exchange of better administrative ideas among Commonwealth countries, CAPAM was then established in 1994.
The CAPAM meeting in New Delhi comes at a crucial time for India's polity, with the federal government besieged by the opposition and by civil society over multiple graft exposes, and rising clamour for the establishment of a Lokpal (ombudsman) to combat corruption and bad governance.
As Paul Ntep Gwet, a director of CAPAM
, explained to the local press: "In 2003, the country had issued just two permits for industrial mining operations and the activities of the small-scale mining sector were not even monitored.
The Board approved a CAPAM vision which outlined financing, membership and programme plans to make CAPAM a self-sufficient autonomous organization over the next five years.
Some of the highlights of current programmes underway can be summarized as follows: CAPAM plans to enter into formal affiliation agreements with existing associations of public administrators to improve the distribution of information about best management practices among their members.