On the Way to Strengthening Cooperation in the Field of Public Administration
The extended Round Table on ‘Issues of Modernisation of Public Administration’ was held in Tashkent on November 1, 2013. The event was organised by the Joint Project of the Government of Uzbekistan and UNDP ‘Local Governance Support: Participation and Partnership’ and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Uzbekistan (APA).
Modernisation of public administration system and improvement of civil service have been among the core priorities toward deepening democratic reforms and development of civil society in Uzbekistan.
Public administration reform is a core area for UNDP’s worldwide support. Today, UNDP is implementing over 500 projects in more than 124 countries worldwide, covering various aspects of public administration and local governance reform. Some examples include:
- Measures to enhance strategic planning and resource management;
- Measures to enhance efficiency, including through e-governance solutions;
- Strengthening human resource management systems that are merit based;
- Enhance client orientation and accountability for performance through citizen’s engagement and feedback loops;
- Systems that serve to enhance integrity of civil service.
In Uzbekistan, through implementation of joint project initiatives, UNDP contributes to the creation of effective, transparent and accountable public administration system and civil service, both at central and local levels. UNDP provides technical and practical assistance to the government, government bodies and civil society institutions.
Acknowledging the significant role of the APA in training highly qualified personnel and retraining civil servants, as well as in carrying out fundamental and applied studies in the field of public administration, UNDP solidifies its close partnership with the APA in this field.
A milestone in the cooperation between UNDP and Academy was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, which is aimed at providing support to the organisational development, strengthening educational and knowledge base of the Academy.
This year within the signed Memorandum the parties have developed the Concept of electronic journal ‘Jamiyat va Boshqaruv’ (Society and Governance), and launched the e-journal (http://journal.dba.uz). The journal serves as a platform for strategic dialogue on various aspects of modernisation of public administration, including the civil service.
The magazine’s database contains thematically sorted soft copies of printed periodicals that can be used for writing scientific papers, articles, manuals, magazines and books.
Joint efforts of the parties also resulted in development of the distance learning portal (http://max.dba.uz) to train the civil servants of local authorities on contemporary ICT skills, using electronic document management system at work, result-based management and others.
The purpose of the Round Table was to discuss the achieved results and further joint actions in accordance with the priorities of modernisation of public administration system in Uzbekistan in line with the Concept of the President of Uzbekistan ‘On further deepening the democratic reforms and establishing the civil society in the country’.
The event consisted of two parts: Plenary session and Discussion in small groups.
The plenary session featured presentation of reports on the following topics: ‘Implementation of the Concept on further deepening the democratic reforms and establishing the civil society in the country’, ‘Development of e-government: international and national experience’ and ‘Sustainable Local Development and Governance Strategy’.
Four (4) parallel breakout sessions discussed the following issues:
- Regional strategy of sustainable development;
- Legal aspects of modernisation of public administration;
- Role of civil society in democratisation and modernisation of public administration;
- Innovative approaches to delivering public services to businesses and people.
The Roundtable was used to prepare recommendations on modernisation of public administration and civil service systems, and to publish the Collection of reports and presentations of the participants. It also raisedthe awareness of ministries and agencies of Uzbekistan with regard to necessary steps in public administration reform and efforts, undertaken by the UNDP in this area.
The event was attended by over 100 representatives from ministries and agencies of Uzbekistan, including both Chambers of the Parliament, Cabinet of Ministers, Ministries of Justice, Finance, Economy, State Tax Committee, State Committee of ITT, Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Monitoring of Current Legislation, Institute of Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research, Research Centre on Democratisation and Liberalisation of Judicial Legislation and Ensuring Independence of Court System. Other participants included Regional Khokimiyats of Jizzakh, Namangan, Samarkand and Bukhara, international organisations (ADB, World Bank, GIZ, the EU and others) and the Media.