PICPA Director and Staff, USP Researchers and a Representative from World Bank Pacific Region pictured with the Fiji Public Service Commission Acting Chairperson Dr Akanisi Kedrayate (third from left) during the PPSCC Conference in Koror, Palau.
Chairpersons and Heads of Public Service Commissions (PSCs) from fourteen (14) Pacific Island Countries (PICs) met in Palau from 2 - 4 August 2016 as part of the 13th Pacific Public Service Commissioners Conference (PPSCC).
The event was organised by the Government of Palau in collaboration with The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA), and jointly funded by Government of Australia through PICPA and Government of Republic of Palau.
The PPSCC is a cross jurisdictional forum for Public Service Commissioners from PICs to discuss public service issues, share experiences and ideas and identify initiatives, strategies and actions to improve public administration amongst the member countries, as well as the region.
In addition to the 14 PICs, there were representatives from Australia and New Zealand who also participated in the Conference. As well, there were representations from Timor Leste, the World Bank and Pacific Community attending as observers.
Director of PICPA, Mr Parmesh Chand said this year’s Conference was particularly important as the participants were inter alia able to discuss and map out a way forward on the future focus and direction of the Conference. This was based on a review of the Conference, following a resolution as such emanating at last year’s Conference.
Mr Chand also noted with appreciation, the excellent support and logistical arrangements put in place by the Government of Palau as the host.
He said the Conference participants had the opportunity to go on field visits, including seeing the preserved beauty of Palau achieved through well initiated and sustained nature conservation practices.
There were presentations of findings and recommendations at the Conference from the USP Team of Researchers who conducted research initiated by PICPA on three tropical issues in public service, including, Use of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Services for Service Delivery, Status of Implementation of Performance Management System in PICs and the Status of Development of Social Inclusiveness Policies in PICs.
The Conference also featured excellent presentations from Ministers and High level Officials from the Government of Republic of Palau on their efforts and best practices in nature conservation while maintaining the momentum for sustained economic growth for the people of Palau.
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