The ASEAN Heads of Civil Service met on 26 September in Yangon, Myanmar to share information on national strategies and good practices in promoting good governance towards fulfilling people’s aspirations and welfare in light of the theme set by the Union Civil Service Board of Myanmar, Chair for 2013-2014. They also discussed the post-2015 priority areas of cooperation.
Those priorities are intended to respond to the current and emerging challenges and opportunities for civil service sector in the ongoing ASEAN Community building. Among others, the increasing demands for quality public services should be addressed through the promotion of responsive, accountable, effective and efficient public service sector. Enhancing workforce competencies, building institutional capacity, and strengthening leadership were considered as priority areas that remain relevant in future.
Some other new priority areas were also explored, such as public sector reform towards quality service delivery that meets the changing demands and rising expectations of citizens currently and beyond 2015. In addition, improvement of civil service competency standards and promotion of government officials’ understanding of ASEAN were considered as important areas of cooperation in the future.
To ensure thematic areas of the ASEAN Resource Centre (ARC) training programmes for civil servants would continue to meet the current needs and interests of ASEAN Member States, the participants planned to review the ARC. Currently each ASEAN Member State hosts an ARC to support the enhancement of civil servants’ capability through trainings and workshops on various topics including leadership development, personnel management, ICT, examination and testing, and human resources management, among others.
The implementation status of nine pilot projects of cooperation was reviewed at the ASEAN Plus Three Heads of Civil Service Meeting. All countries agreed to work together towards the development of ASEAN Plus Three projects on civil service matters for 2016-2020 in areas of mutual interest.
The 18th ASEAN Cooperation on Civil Service Matters (ACCSM) Chairmanship for 2016-2018 will be assumed by the Civil Service Commission of the Philippines.