The Ministry of Civil Service (MoCS) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on public administration reform and inclusive public service innovation.
The signing ceremony was between Minister of Civil Service Prum Sokha and Nick Beresford, UNDP Cambodia’s Resident Representative.
In a statement, the UNDP said the MoU aims to strengthen the public sector capacity for innovation and public service delivery.
“Public services are our means to serve our people on all fronts. Beyond principle and practice, we need to harness momentum, listen to people we serve, make the best use of available digital technology, invest in civil servants to have the right skills and attitude and test our solutions to arrive at the one that works,” it said.
Beresford said: “Innova- tion in the public sector has to go beyond learning new methods/tools as they are not sufficient on their own. We need to understand how to create the appropriate environment for it to work and pay attention to the core set of attitudes and skills that fuel innovation.”
Sokha, in a Khmer Times interview last month, said the current challenge in the public service sector is the limitation of the officers’ capabilities.
However, he said: “We have been working hard to identify the challenges we have to overcome and the unfinished issues we need to settle to move our ministry forward and advance its duty of effectively leading and managing the country’s civil servants.”