Director PICPA Mr. Parmesh Chand and Professor Vijay Naidu at the signing ceremony.
Research in Public Administration matters is critically important not only for availability of information and data for planning and co-ordination purposes, but also for the development of policy and implementation of actions to improve workplace practices and performance, thereby leading to improved service delivery.
These were the comments made by Mr Parmesh Chand, Director of Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA) based at The University of the South Pacific (USP) during the signing of contracts with three different research teams at USP.
The research personnel for the three teams were drawn from the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) and the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE).
Mr Chand said the research to be undertaken cover three highly relevant areas in public administration in Pacific Island Countries (PICs) namely:
• Use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to improve the quality of service delivery in the PICs;
• Status of development of workplace social friendly policies in PICs and;
• Status of the implementation of Performance Management Systems (PMS) in the Public Sector in PICs.
According to Mr Chand, the results of the research would be particularly useful not only to PICPA but to policy makers and implementers of public policy in PICs.
“We need to have baseline data as well as articulation of on-the-ground practices to be able to better focus our programmes of assistance,” he said.
“Such information will also be extremely useful to relevant public officials in PICs in terms of planning, policy formulation and implementation,” Mr Chand added.
He further noted that the interim findings of the three research studies will be presented to the Pacific Public Service Commissioners Conference in Palau in August this year, before they are finalised for dissemination and follow-up action by the end of the year.
PICPA is a specialist centre which responds to the identified needs and plans of PICs for strengthened public administration, to enable improved service delivery and faster economic growth.
The Centre is headed by a Director, with two advisors, a Programme Manager and three support staff.
Funded by the Government of Australia, PICPA is perfectly positioned with USP to network and utilise the resource capabilities of the University for training and capacity building in project preparations, monitoring and evaluation, public finance management procurement, governance and leadership development, among others.
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