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30 April 2015
Call for Papers: 2015 EROPA Conference

Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) will hold its 2015 Annual Conference in Shanghai, China from October 17-21, 2015. The Organizing Committee cordially invites professionals, academics and practitioners, PhD students and young researchers in public administration in the eastern region and beyond to participate in the conference and make presentations.

For more information, please click here.
08 December 2014
2014 Global City Informatization Forum Co-organized by RCOCI

During 2014 Global City Informatization Forum co-organized by Regional Cooperation Office for City Informatization (RCOCI), participants from all around the world deeply discussed and actively brainstormed on the theme of “Smartness, Integration, Convergence”. We came up with a number of fantastic new concepts, ideas and approaches benefited from collective wisdom in terms of accelerating ICT innovation, deepening construction of smart cities, and informatizing a better life.

Please click here to view the brief conclusion report.

For more information about the forum, please click here
24 September 2014
Call for 2014 Top Ten Global Smart City Outstanding Cases

To promote the cooperation and communication about smart city among the international society, the Organizing Committee of Global City Informatization Forum (GCIF) launches the activity to select “2014 Top Ten Global Smart City Outstanding Cases”, which is co-organized by Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai Smart City Construction Promotion Center, and the website www.people.com.cn. Please send the application materials to the Organizing Committee of GCIF before October 10, 2014 through email at houjiajia@sass.org.cn.

Click the links below for more information:
Announcement       Application Form      Preliminary Agenda
22 September 2014
10th Biennial Conference of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration (CAPAM)
  The 10th Biennial Conference of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration (CAPAM) will be held from October 19 – 21, 2014. This event which will be held in partnership with the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), will take place at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Putrajaya, Malaysia. 

For more information and to register, please visit, http://events.capam.org/.
10 June 2014
Call for Manuscripts International Journal of Civil Service Reform and Practice
 

The Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana seeks submissions to its journal, the International Journal of Civil Service Reform and Practice. The journal has successfully published two issues, and seeks to publish manuscripts of interest to participants of the Regional Hub. The Regional Hub was established in 2013. The Hub was initiated through a joint project between the United Nations Development Programme and the Agency for Civil Service Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Hub has over 30 participating countries and 5 international organizations.

For more information click here.

24 January 2014
RCOCI Signed New Strategic Cooperation Agreement
On January 15, as backbones of RCOCI, Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences signed strategic agreement for future profound cooperation. The two parts will co-organize 2014 Global City Informatization Forum held in November, and the new website for the Forum was launched.

For more information, please click here.
08 November 2013
Congratulations! News of United States Has Reached its 1000 Pieces Milestone!
As an important part in the whole UNPAN system, Public Administration News has undergone steady development and the news of United States has reached another milestone, with its 1000 pieces of publication on North America Region, RCOCI is hereby happy to announce.
  • Top 3 most "clicked" regions brought by PA news: Asia-Pacific, Africa, North America
  • Top 5 countries with the largest number of PA news: South Africa, China, United States, India, Australia
It should be noticed, compared with the statistics issued one year ago, the number of news of United States has a sharp rise, exceeding India and popping into the top 3 list. Meanwhile, Australia’s news amount also greatly goes up, replacing Japan on the top 5 list.

19 July 2013
UNPAN-AP Editorial Department Publishes Documents on e-Gov and ICT Development
As a powerful tool for economic and social development, ICT aims at bridging the digital divide and aiding economic development by fostering equitable access to modern communications technologies. Recently UNPAN-AP Editorial Department collects and compiles about 150 documents on this specific topic, covering fields such as e-Gov, e-Commerce, e-Society, e-Security, Internet and Informatization Development. Please click here to read more.
Events
2016 EROPA Conference: "iGovernance: Innovative. Inclusive. Integrity-Based"
Oct 10, 2016 to Oct 14, 2016
Manila

Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration, Philippine Civil Service Commission
 
Documents
Governance Asia-Pacific Watch, May 2016, Issue 174
This e-magazine mainly includes six categories: policy&legislation; civil services&government systems; capacity building&innovation; eco-social&ICT development; public finance and private sector.
21 June 2016
Pilot Plan on Service Trade Innovation and Development
This plan is formulated to explore a new mechanism and policy-supporting system which can satisfy and promote the service trade innovation and development.
21 June 2016
 
News
Australia: Turnbull Wants IT Services Delivered ‘Within Government’ – Not Outsourced
Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has ruled out the outsourcing to the private sector of a contract to update and modernise the “outdated” Medicare payments system, while also expressing his scepticism of the benefits and efficiencies from outsourcing large IT services to systems integrators. On the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday night, Turnbull made it clear the government’s preference was for “very large” IT services contracts in the future to be delivered from within government, and not outsourced to private companies. Turnbull told his Q&A audience that while the Medicare payments system was badly in need of updating “to get it to a sort of smartphone-era”, the work would be done within government, not outsourced. “I am very sceptical about the way in which very large IT services have been outsourced to big systems integrators in the past – and the efficiencies have often been less in reality than were promised. That’s why I set up the Digital Transformation Office. It’s like a start-up within government, but with the innovation edge of a start-up, to revive, renew government online services from within government, rather than just signing big contracts with the big systems integrators."
01 July 2016
PNG: New Monitoring Technology Helps to Boost Government’s Accountability
Timely reporting on public expenditure across PNG has improved by 41% within the last 3 months, since PNG’s Department of Finance introduced a new monitoring and evaluation tool. Before the introduction, only 9 districts out 89 submitted reports on time, now the number increased to 37 districts. The progress is significant to the Department of Finance, which faces serious backlogs in receiving financial reports from 600 government accounts it manages, with some districts delaying reports for over 50 months. To improve its financial reporting and control functions, Department of Finance with UNDP support launched new management system that aims to boost efficiency, transparency and accountability. The system is an information database that captures financial reports coming from the provinces and districts and produces real-time status updates. The timeliness of submissions is reflected in three colours: green (on time submission), yellow (moderate delay – 3-6 month,) and red (critical - 7 and more month delay). The updates are reflected on big TV screens, installed across the Department of Finance, including the office of the Secretary.
01 July 2016
Tonga: IMF Wants Improved Financial Management
The International Monetary Fund has called on Tonga to improve its debt management, and make broader reforms to increase revenue. In the IMF's latest state of economy report released this week, Tonga was also encouraged to seek soft loans and grant aid to finance the Pacific Games due to be held in the kingdom in 2019.
01 July 2016
 
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