Hun Sen sets competition between ministries

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The premier criticised some officials yesterday. Supplied

Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked Interior Minister Sar Kheng to make evaluation cards for all ministries in order to check their work and score them.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of an annual conference on decentralisation yesterday, Mr Hun Sen said he wanted all ministries to compete like cities had for the National Clean City competition.

The request was made after Mr Hun Sen criticised some officials at the conference for following his orders more than implementing the law.

Last week, he also lashed out at officials who only implemented his orders instead of enforcing existing laws.

The premier said any ministry that performed well and provided good public services would get a score and ranking via the evaluation cards.

Mr Hun Sen added that some ministries have done little or nothing.

“I requested Interior Minister Sar Kheng to make evaluation cards to track their work, and see what score each ministry receives,” he said, mentioning that some ministers just listen to him, but take no action to improve.

He warned that ministers not doing their jobs would not be reappointed.

“If the ministers just listen to me, and then stay the same, why is it important to appoint them for a sixth mandate?” Mr Hun Sen said.

San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, expressed support for the new model, saying it was a method of public accountability.

He added the scoring would make officials better understand their work in providing public services to the public.

However Mr Chey said he wanted the government to allow civil society and citizens to participate in evaluations.

“In order to be transparent and accurate, we want citizens and civil society to score the ministry and officials as well,” he said, adding that civil society should be allowed to participate in the approach and design of tools used to evaluate the ministries.

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