SmartGov consulting spoke at international workshop in Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, 1-2 November 2017: Over 20 national agencies, parliament, civil service and anti-corruption departments from nine states of CIS and EU discussed how to improve the civil service in Central Asia to meet the modern standards in community and economic development. The regional seminar organized by the UNDP and the Civil Service Academy under the President of Turkmenistan took place in Ashgabat.

Experts emphasized, effective reform and the conditions where civil service is accessible for all groups of the population require technologies and innovation backed by political will.

“Attracting competent cadres and innovative approaches to provision of the civil service will create positive environment where the growth of the community is backed by the growth of the economy. As a result, more investments are attracted, and the citizens pay more taxes, as all procedures are clear and simplified for the comfort of the population,” explained Aziza Umarova, International experts in civil service.

Experts presented their experience of work in Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Singapore where UNDP implements projects to reform the civil service, fight corruption and prevent conflict of interests in civil service. The projects are implemented as part of the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular Goal 16 (Peace, justice and effective institutions). Countries of the region, including Turkmenistan, undertook a commitment to implement it.


“Turkmenistan demonstrates a commitment to reform the sphere of civil service and fight corruption. The Government of Turkmenistan adopted such laws as the Law on civil service, the law on ethics and civil servants and the anti-corruption law. In 2017, the Government created a new service to fight economic crimes. These measures shall result in the effective work of state bodies and today we have gathered to discuss some of the results and the global experience in this field, plan cooperation and future partnerships,” stated Elena Panova, UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan.

By the end of the seminar, participants identified perspectives of the national and regional cooperation on the reform of the civil service in line with the SDGs.

Source: UNDP in Turkmenistan.