Central Asia: Advancing civil service

Central Asian countries are actively cooperating in reforming the civil service. The platform of the Astana Hub is offering new opportunities to the countries in the civil service area. Through the platform, concerned parties can share their experiences in this area. Recent achievements in this field were presented at the annual conference of the hub with participation of more than 200 people from 40 countries. Trends in remuneration of government officials are presented which are based on the examples of the United States and the countries of the Central Asian region.

ALIKHAN BAIMENOV, CHAIRPERSON, CIVIL SERVICE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, ASTANA HUB:

 - The event is dedicated to the improvement of the civil service with the main goal of sustainable development. As you know, the General Assembly adopted the Goals of Sustainable Development, and one of the 17 goals is devoted to the development of institutions, including public administration. When it comes to trends in the modern civil service, first of all, there is an increased attention to the selection and promotion of staff into the civil service. The principle of ‘personnel decide everything’ justifies itself and that is why human resources services and HR departments are beginning to play an increasing and larger role all over the world.

The main mission of the Astana Hub is to support governments to improve the area of civil service as well as to conduct case studies. As a result of close cooperation between the countries, new developments that can be applied in practice continue to emerge.

RAJABMUROD TOLIBOV, HEAD, CIVIL SERVICE AGENCY UNDER PRESIDENT OF TAJIKISTAN:

 - Tajikistan is one of the participants of the Astana hub. As part of the Astana hub, we are participating in research project. Joint research is conducted on issues related to civil service, human resources management, public services and wage system of government officials.

ALMAZ NASYROV, RECTOR, ACADEMY OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION UNDER PRESIDENT OF KYRGYZSTAN:

 - The hub has incorporated the best traditions of civil service management, including concepts such as meritocracy and the exchange of experience. Kyrgyzstan could also share their experience in reforming the administrative and territorial system as well as their experience in digital transformation of the economy and good experiences in increasing the potential of human capital.

25 member countries and five international organizations formed the Astana Hub. Currently, the hub includes 40 countries of North and South America, Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.