The Quality of Specialists Is All That Matters!
The international scientific and practical conference on the state specialist policy in the context of reforming the public service system: foreign practice and the experience of Uzbekistan, has been held in Tashkent. In course of the forum topical issues of training, improving the quality and level of professionalism of cadres for public administration are considered.
The event was organized by the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the assistance of the representative office of the United Nations Development Program. It was attended by domestic and foreign experts, including from Russia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, UNDP representatives, the Office of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan, KOICA and other international organizations.
Participants examined the state and main directions of improving the legislative basis of the civil service, effective mechanisms for implementing the state personnel policy. New approaches to the implementation of public-private partnerships were discussed.
The forum has become a platform for the study of best practices in the selection and training of personnel in government and executive authorities, methods for assessing the effectiveness of civil servants. The reports and discussions emphasized the growing demands on the quality of the work of the civil service, the need to comply with the competence of specialists and officials to the increasingly complex nature of public administration tasks.
Action Strategy for the five priority areas of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021 years focuses on the reform of the public administration system, the development of the organizational and legal foundations of the civil service. Taking into account modern requirements and priorities, the structures, tasks and functions of 16 ministries, departments and other organizations have been revised, 20 state and economic management bodies have been transformed. The Concept of Administrative Reform in the Republic of Uzbekistan was approved, on the basis of which modern forms of strategic planning, innovative ideas and technologies are introduced into the system of state administration. It is planned to adopt 17 laws in the sphere of state and public construction in Uzbekistan.
The creation of a professional civil service has become part of the fundamental reform of the public administration system, covering such important issues as the formation of the personnel reserve, their training and retraining with the modern requirements, the generation of new managers capable of making informed decisions to achieve strategic goals.
Some bodies have been developed a detailed procedure for recruitment, including mechanisms for competitive selection. This makes it possible not only to select a qualified candidate and create a database of specialists, but also to provide equal access for admission to the civil service. However, there has not been a unified system for appointing and promoting to higher positions, forming a personnel reserve in the country. Studying the advanced foreign practices in formation and development of the public service system helps to identify both the shortcomings and the prospects for development and to focus on effective forms and methods.
Within the framework of the conference, an exchange of views took place on the Concept of the Administrative Reform, its significance in the implementation of the Action Strategy for the five priority areas of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 20172021 years, on the draft laws “On Public Service of the Republic of Uzbekistan”, “On Public-Private Partnership”. Proposals and recommendations for further improvement of the civil service and personnel policy in the republic have been worked out, taking into account international experience.
“Professional public service is a prerequisite for promoting economic reforms and increasing confidence in state institutions,” said UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan Helena Fraser. - The concept of administrative reform has laid a solid foundation for large-scale transformations in the sphere of civil service. We are implementing with the Academy of Public Administration a project to train management personnel in the republic. We are ready to continue to provide practical assistance, in particular informationanalytical.