Ghulam M. Isaczai delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the Training Center for Civil Servants at the Academy of Public AdministrationDec 8, 2016
I’m pleased to welcome you at the opening ceremony of the new Training Center for civil servants. The Center was established as part of the Project on Support to the Civil Service Trainings in the Republic of Azerbaijan” funded by the European Uninon and implemented by UNDP in cooperation with the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Over the past decade, the EU has been a major supporter of UNDP’s development work globally and in Azerbaijan. The cooperation between UNDP and EU takes place at the policy, advocacy, knowledge-sharing and programmatic levels, complementing one another. This cooperation is especially vibrant at the country level. Up to 90 percent of UNDP Country Offices report an ongoing policy dialogue with the EU Delegations, especially on issues around democratic governance. In Azerbaijan, EU and UNDP cooperate in several areas including civil service reform, border management, gender equality, support to vulnerable groups and civil society.
UNDP has also had a very successful cooperation with the Academy of Public Administration as part of a project aimed at promoting the concept and principles of sustainable human development which included the leading academic institutions, research centers, mass media and policy-makers of Azerbaijan. This was achieved by introducing and systematically expanding the teaching of human development concept in local universities and national training institutes.
Today we are launching a Training Center that will serve as an effective tool to equip civil service employees in Azerbaijan with important skills in many different areas. By establishing this Centre, and by demonstrating its benefits for improved professional development, we expect that the interest in participating in these trainings by other state bodies will eventually increase.
The training of the civil servants aims at creating an integrated and well-managed training system for civil servants from central and local government bodies and, on the other hand-at promoting the development of the system and action programmes for Civil Service. The Training center that we launched today will lead and coordinate professional development of civil servants in line with EU standards.
Once again I would like to thank EU Delegation in Azerbaijan for their continued support to the civil service reform and the Academy of Public Administration for its commitment and partnership.