DESA’s Interregional Advisers participated in the inaugural Gulf Cooperation Council e-Government Conference in Muscat, Oman from 21-23 December 2009
The number of submissions for the 2010 United Nations Public Service Awards from Western Asia has more than doubled and the awareness and visibility of this Awards programme increased significantly as a result of the participation of Ms. Adriana Alberti, Coordinator of the United Nations Public Service Awards Programme, and Mr. Richard Kerby, Inter-regional Adviser, DESA’s Division for Public Administration & Development Management, at the inaugural Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) e-Government Conference.
Ms. Alberti gave a presentation on “Innovation in Governance and Public Administration” and Mr. Kerby on “E-participation and Citizen Engagement in the GCC”. Synergies with other relevant awards programmes were also established.
Moreover, a number of contacts were made with government officials from all countries of the region in order to build together the Knowledge Base on Public Administration and Governance, particularly in the area of principles and standards of excellence in the public service in Western Asia.
The Conference resulted in a final declaration containing recommendations on how to further advance e-government services for the benefit of all citizens in the Gulf region. Sharing of best practices and expertise was one of the top recommendations.
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