International conference "Nazarbayev and Kazakhstan Model of Civil Service" was hosted today in Nazarbayev University in Astana with participation of central government bodies, international organizations, diplomatic missions, and academic institutions.Jan 28, 2016
International conference "Nazarbayev and Kazakhstan Model of Civil Service" was hosted today in Nazarbayev University in Astana with participation of central government bodies, international organizations, diplomatic missions, and academic institutions. The conference is organized by the Ministry of Civil Service Affairs as a part of events scheduled to celebrate 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence and supported through "Civil Service Reform Advocacy through Ethics, Meritocracy and Anticorruption" tied grand project.
The issues of institutionalization and professionalization of Kazakhstan's civil service system have been discussed at the conference panel and section works.
As Mr Norimasa Shimomura emphasized, the institutional reforms included in the country's "100 concrete steps' form a building block for the country's ambition to join the list of 30 developed nations in the world and can be considered as a "last mile" journey towards modernizing Kazakhstan's public institutions to stand with OECD standards. The new model of civil service , based on ethics norms and meritocracy principle, drives towards transparent work of government bodies with minimized corruption risks in line with the 1st institutional reform that targets formation of professional and accountable public administration.
Section works included videoconference presentations by professor Eduardo Araral (Singapore), the vice-dean of High School of Public Policy, and Charles Whitehead, professor of Law School of the Cornell University (USA) that elaborated discussion on implementation of institutional reforms and legal aspects of corruption prevention in public service.
As all participants, including international experts, voiced that the new legislation on civil service advocates strengthening meritocracy principle in human resources selection and staff promotion process, supports improvement of human resources management mechanisms and stresses on ethics monitoring. Together these innovations drive towards the task of formation of professional public administration in Kazakhstan .
UNDP, being a long-term partner of the government of Kazakhstan, has been providing a technical assistance and expertise at all phases of civil service reform process in Kazakhstan, and was directly involved in organization of Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana.