Cambodia learns from the Experiences of the Civil Service in Azerbaijan
20 April 2016
A delegation headed by the Ministry of Civil Service (MCS) with the support of GIZ’s Administrative Reform and Decentralization Program (ARDP) visited the Civil Service Commission under the President of the Republic of Aserbaijan (CSC) for an exchange of experiences and lessons learnt in March 2016. The objective of the visit was to learn from the experiences the Civil Service Commission had made in developing and implementing transparent and effective entry exam procedures for Azerbaijan’s citizens who aim to enter the civil service.
In close cooperation with the EU-funded and GIZ-implemented project “Support to civil service training capacities with a focus on EU affairs” in Azerbaijan, GIZ ARDP and selected partners from MCS as well as Cambodian representatives from the Royal School of Administration, the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports learned from the Azerbaijan example and discussed similarities and differences in the civil service structure and management of both countries.
The visit included a mission to a civil service entrance examination center where the Cambodian delegation could collect practical experiences by joining a test-run of a computer-based entry exam. Moreover, the delegation visited the One Window Service Office ‘ASAN Xidmet’ (Azerbaijani: easy) to learn about the efficient and effective delivery of 120 public services in Azerbaijan.
Even though the Caucasian country Azerbaijan and the Royal Kingdom of Cambodia differ a lot in the setup of their state mechanism, both delegations identified parallels and joint challenges in the recruitment and management of civil servants. Learning from each other, both countries valued the open and lively discussions during the three-day visit to Azerbaijan’s capital Baku.