International Workshop for civil servants on Ethical code of conduct

Aug 18, 2016

On August 18, 2016 Tashkent hosted an International Workshop “Compliance with Ethical Code of Conduct as a prerequisite for effective public administration”, jointly organized by the Prosecutor General Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the assistance of UNDP and OSCE Project Coordinator Office in Uzbekistan.

The event was attended by members of the Senate and deputies of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis, UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner, Senior Project Officer at OSCE Project Co-ordinator Office in Uzbekistan Hans-Ullrich Ihm, senior officials of ministries and departments, local authorities (regional khokimyats), representatives of the scientific research organizations, educational institutions, as well as national and foreign experts.

The international workshop was aimed at strengthening awareness of the public administration bodies of Model regulations for ethical conduct of civil servants, endorsed by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers 2 March 2016, as well as sharing best international practice in terms of implementation and devising recommendations on further enhancement of legal framework in this field.

It was noted that in the context of further deepening democratic reforms and establishing civil society in Uzbekistan the role and importance of the civil servants, as a legal instrument to ensure the system of government, the effective activity of which largely depends on government bodies’ personnel staff, is rising.

Improving the efficiency of civil servants is necessary for the further development of public administration system, strengthening of the legal, technical and human capacities of government bodies, to ensure transparency and regulation of their activities in order to create a positive image of civil servants in society.

Adoption of “ethical code of conduct” is significant in various ways – as preventive measure for corruption, as tool to further build the capacity of civil service and to enhance its credibility and trust vis-à-vis the clients that it always acts according to the rule of law and in the public interest.

According to the agenda of the International Workshop, four plenary sessions on the following topics were held:

1)    Main Principles and Code of conduct for Civil Servant;

2)    International Best Practice in Regulation of Civil Servants’ Conduct;

3)    Prevention of Conflict of Interest in Civil Servants’ Performance;

4)    Preventive measures and mechanisms of ethical conduct rules violation Practical Recommendations for Government Agencies.

UNDP Ethics Office specialist Kevin Waite, director of Strategic communication division of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Abdul Samat Bin Kasah, head of the Department of Research and Practical Centre for the Problem of Reinforcing Law and Order Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Belarus Pavel Sasheko and other foreign experts spoke at the sessions. Presentations on Legislative basis of regulation of conduct of civil servants, Code of conduct and values in civil service, Standards of conduct governing staff of the United Nations, Conflict of interests in public administration, corporate integrity pledge, OSCE Handbook on combating corruption and its chapters on integrity in public sector and code of conduct were demonstrated.

In the final part of the Workshop participants passed a special test on the material covered and were awarded with the certificates.

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