Palau to host 13th Public Service Commissioners’ Conference
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Funded by the Australian Government, PICPA is a specialist centre which responds to the identified needs and plans of Pacific Island Countries (PICs).
Palau will host the 13th Pacific Public Service Commissioners’ Conference (PPSCC) from 2 to 4 August 2016.
According to a statement from the Palau Ministry of Finance, the annual conference is organised by the ministry’s Bureau of Public Service System in collaboration with The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Island Centre for Public Administration (PICPA).
As the host country, Palau will manage the in-country logistical arrangements for the Conference and ensure that resources and arrangements required for an efficient and effective meeting are all in place.
The Pacific Public Service Commissioners’ Conference is a cross jurisdictional forum for Public Service Commissioners from Pacific Island Countries jurisdictions to deliberate on contemporary public sector issues.
It also involves identifying key issues to improve public administration across these Pacific Islands jurisdictions and the region.
This year all 14 participating countries - Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu—with the inclusion of Australia and New Zealand will be in attendance as participants.
Timor Leste will also attend the Conference as Observers. With the theme “Building a Smarter Public Service through Research, Innovation and Strategizing,” there will be multiple presentations on the following topics:
Research on the use of ICT in the public service to improve the quality of service in Pacific Islands Countries;
Implementation of the use of Performance Management Systems;
Development of Workplace Social Friendly Policies; and
Mainstreaming Gender in Public Service.
There will also be a panel discussion by various local government and semi-government agencies on the topic of “Smarter Management of Scarce Resources; Interface of Tourism and Environment Conservation in Palau.”
Presenters from Palau include Minister F. Umiich Sengebau of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment, and Tourism (MNRET) and Ms. Nanae Singeo, Managing Director of the Palau Visitors Authority.
The Conference will officially commence with an opening ceremony on August 2, 2016 at the Capitol Building in Ngerulmud, Melekeok from 9am.
The 12th PPSCC was held in Niue in September 2015.
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