Civil service reform key to modern economy, stable democracy
A new era dawns on May 1, when Ukraine’s new civil service code takes effect. The aims include trimming excess numbers of poorly paid civil servants and creating conditions decent pay and better performance.
W henever a country chooses to transform itself, and rid itself of old, bad traditions, civil service reform isn’t usually something that at the top of the "urgent to do" list.
However, boring as the topic is to the average Andriy, in my experience it is the key to successful reforms. No country that has successfully morphed from a post-soviet state into a modern economy and stable democracy has managed it without carrying out civil service reform.
It often starts with trimming the enormous number of civil servants – who are poorly paid, making them search for other, illegal sources of income. Then comes procedural and
A demonsrator with a suitcase of dollars and pockets bulging with currency calls attention to corrupt government-business ties on Sept. 17, 2009 in Kyiv outside the Ministry of Health. (UNIAN)