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Ideal Civil Service Academy or a Place for the Best Civil Servants

Dr. Dinara Minnigulova / UNDP Turkmenistan

Dinara Minnigulova, UNDP Project Consultant “Supporting to the Civil Service Academy under the President of Turkmenistan”, Professor of the department of Business, Financial and Environmental Law at the Bashkir Academy of Public Administration and Management under the President of Republic of Bashkortostan, Russian Federation

UNDP: When did the concept of the academy of civil servants originate?

Ms. D. Minnigulova: The concept of civil service was born during the reign of Peter the First. However, the elements of the modern Academy of civil service and management were conceived in the party schools that existed during the Soviet period, which trained party cadres in the spirit of their own ideology, chose the best and produced the leaders of the party. Those leaders, in turn, replicated corporate culture and government values, and the best practices on the basis of state planning, thereby strengthening the work of the state machinery.

UNDP: What are the main components of an ideal academy?

Ms. D. Minnigulova: An ideal academy, like any organization of strategic importance, should have a goal, a mission and a development plan. While it is fairly easy to identify the goal, development of the mission and the strategy can take a while.

It is also very important to have partners and partnerships. It is not enough to drift on your own, it is necessary to have support of the national institutions and other academies.

Introduction of innovations and adherence to modern development trends.

Undoubtedly, highly qualified staff which is flexible and can adapt to the changing environment.

But most importantly, political will.

UNDP: What is the main goal of development of the Civil Service Academy under the President of Turkmenistan?

Ms. D. Minnigulova: Turkmenistan sets ambitious goals for the long-term development, which include ensuring a high level of the well-being of the population, strengthening the geopolitical role of the country and building an economy oriented towards innovative social model of development.

One of the key tasks that determine country's competitiveness is the formation of the new generation of public servants for state and private sectors. We should underline the important role of the Academy of Civil Service in the implementation and improvement of scientific and methodological base of public administration in the country. Indeed, the Academy is currently the only educational institution that provides training of personnel of the state institutions on the ongoing basis.

To sum up, the Civil Service Academy under the President of Turkmenistan sets a goal to become a key center for continuous professional development of civil servants to ensure improvement of quality of governance in Turkmenistan.

UNDP: What are the current trends in human resources management in public service?

Ms. D. Minnigulova: Today, there are many vectors of human resources management in public service such as:  forming a pool of qualified leaders, creating a mechanism for an adequate assessment of the professional performance of civil servants, implementation of the mentoring programmes and formation of the corporate culture in the public service, creation of an incentive for “productive” work of civil servants and building professional capacity of public servants based on the principle of their continuous development, raising the prestige  and status of the Civil Service Academy.

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