UN Secretary-General Envoy Values Astana Regional Hub’s Work

ASTANA – Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana Alikhan Baimenov recently met with Jorge Chediek, Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation to discuss cooperating in the field of public service, according to the press service of the Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana.

During the meeting, Baimenov talked about the importance of interregional trilateral cooperation in the South-South in civil service. He also announced the expansion of geography of the organisation to 36 member countries, including states of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Baimenov also talked about new research, publications and initiatives of the hub.

“In the matters of state administration there is no single recipe for all countries. However, after getting to know the achievements and challenges, exchanging experience on the hub platform, countries find successful solutions that suit their context. This is also the target of the research and seminars of the hub, which has become a recognised international centre for the development of partnerships to achieve sustainable development goals,” said Baimenov.

Chediek noted the exceptional performance of the hub in the promotion of regional and inter-regional cooperation. According to him, the activity of the hub is considered by the United Nations as a contribution of Kazakhstan in the development of international partnerships to achieve sustainable development goals.

The sides also discussed implementing joint initiatives to improve civil service.

Earlier, the United Nations said the creation of a hub in Astana and its success were possible due to Kazakhstan’s readiness to share its experience in the implementation of reforms, including the strengthening of meritocracy in the civil service.

In 2014, the hub was marked by a special UN award for its contribution to the development of cooperation in the world in the South-South format.

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