The Central Asian countries are consolidating their efforts to introduce innovations in the civil service. This is facilitated by the work of the Astana hub. It unites 39 states, including the Central Asian countries. The hub focuses on the participants’ initiatives, taking into account the needs of the states. In 2016, the Alliance of Practitioners was established, too. Its main goal for the upcoming 12 months is development of the e-government.

ALIYA YESIMSEITOVA, HEAD, REGIONAL HUB OF CIVIL SERVICE IN ASTANA:

 - This year we plan to launch the second stage of this Alliance. Today we urge all the Central Asian countries, specifically, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to take part in it. Negotiations are conducted with these countries, and there are preliminary agreements. In the upcoming months, we will discuss the following specific steps.

The Astana hub is aimed at 3 main goals. The first goal is to strengthen partnerships. Secondly, the hub focuses on the exchange of experience. Thirdly, management of research is an important goal.

KURALAI BAIBATYROVA, EXPERT, REGIONAL HUB OF CIVIL SERVICE IN ASTANA:

 - Case studies are being prepared that describe the most successful reforms in the region. Today, the research group of the Astana hub is preparing a comparative analysis of a system of paying salaries to civil servants, both in the world and in the region. The work will be published soon.

Turkmenistan is not a participant of the Astana hub. However, the country intends to study the reform of the civil service in Kazakhstan. For this purpose, it is planned to organize a study tour to the republic. It will focus on increasing the capacity of civil servants and reducing corruption risks. It is expected that the delegation will include representatives of Turkmenistan’s government.

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