Reforms to Serve Progress
The meeting of the International Press Club taken place on September 20 was devoted to the Concept of Administrative Reform.
Issues of importance of the Decree of the President of the Republic of September 8, 2017 «On approval of the Concept of Administrative Reform in the Republic of Uzbekistan» were discussed.
This decision is an important step in the implementation of the Strategy of Actions, stressed the speakers and experts, and it opens a new page in the state and public construction of Uzbekistan.
This document reflects such essential tasks as improving the institutional and organizational and legal framework for the executive bodies, determining their tasks, responsibilities, reducing administrative influence on the economic sectors, expanding market management mechanisms, coordinating the cooperation between the vertical management system and executive bodies authorities, introduction of innovative ideas, technologies into the system of state management, application of effective methods of struggle with corruption.
The realization of the measures envisaged in the Concept will undoubtedly give a new impetus to the modernization of the public administration system taking into account the tendencies of the country's innovative advancement and world standards.
At the meeting, Deputy Prosecutor General Bekzot Mavlonov noted that this document was developed with the participation of more than 500 specialists. «I want to pay attention to the process of developing the Concept of Administrative Reform. Experts, scientists, practitioners, representatives of foreign countries took part in its creation. More than 20 thousand proposals came from citizens in social networks in the process of creating the Concept. I advise every citizen of the country to study it, it is aimed at qualitative improvement of state bodies», the speaker said.
A Deputy Minister of Justice, rector of the Tashkent State University of Law Yesemurat Kanyazov noted that the development of this document raised the question: what is administrative law? It is a tool that determines the mechanism of work of the executive power. We have an idea of what civil, criminal, labor law is, but few know what administrative law is.
The head of the representation of the German Society for International Cooperation Jorg Pudelka stressed that administrative reform is the «key» for the state in effective governance. In addition, the image of state bodies among the population is growing. However there is also a downside of the coin - it's a rejection of «manual» management and the transition to more competitive types.
First deputy head of department at the Prosecutor General's Office Vyacheslav Pak noted that the implementation of the Strategy of Actions showed that we have systemic deficiencies in many areas that need to be eliminated. The concept will gain a new momentum for the development of the country.
Answering journalists' question about the transfer of the Alisher Navoi National Park of Uzbekistan to a private firm, a speaker Akbar Musayev, Deputy Prosecutor General, said:
“In this issue there were small misunderstandings. The national park is a whole complex. Only a single part of it will be transferred to private «hands». The park was created in 1935-1939. To date, the attractions and the park itself are more than 60 years old. As for the lake, the water inside it does not meet the sanitary and hygienic standards. What does the concept require? It requires the development of private and public partnerships. Transfer part of the park is a state partnership. It is worth to note the fact that the land is not given to a private company completely in possession, but only for a certain period (49 years) in rent. Before it there will be certain obligations: to put in order the park and to build a beautiful zone for rest. In accordance with the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers, the park should provide access for all segments of the population, that is, people can freely go there, relax, walk, just like now”.
Experts participating in the meeting added that guests coming to our country are primarily interested in attractions, and the National Park is one of them. And the state pursues the goal of tidying up this park, creating here beauty, comfort for all. This is done for the good of the people.
Speaker Jorg Pudelka stressed that the transfer of services to private «hands» is a normal phenomenon, the application of which is practiced in many countries, including Germany. «If the state does something, it's good, but when individuals do it, then the efficiency will be much greater», the speaker said.
(As part of the social order of the Oliy Majlis Public Fund for Supporting NGOs and Other Civil Society Institutions)