Forty delegates from civil service bodies of ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat, China, Japan and Republic of Korea discussed the commitments and priorities for 2016-2020 at their 18th Meeting on 15 November.
The meeting solicited inputs and commitments of Member States for the ASEAN Cooperation on Civil Service Matters (ACCSM) work plan 2016 -2020, which were presented for adoption during the Heads of Civil Service Meeting for ACCSM on 17 November.
The participants also finalised the draft ACCSM+3 Work Plan which was divided into seven thematic areas, namely: e-governance; human resource management and human resource development; productivity in the public sector; good governance; public sector reform; local administration capacity building and cooperation; and research and innovation.
“It is our hope that with the adoption of these documents, we can all look forward to stronger, more productive and mutually beneficial exchanges between the Civil Service of ASEAN and the Plus Three countries,” said Executive Director Arthur Luis P. Florentin of the Philippine Civil Service Commission.
At the meeting, the Philippines presented activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN which include the conduct of the 2nd ASEAN Heads of Civil Service Retreat; the signing of the ASEAN Leaders’ declaration on the role of the civil service as catalyst to achieve ASEAN Vision 2025; and the Regional Forum on Civil Service which will serve as a venue for the sharing of cutting edge developments and best practices in public sector management.