BEST project to strengthen public administration

Agreements were signed between the UNDP, Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the President’s Office yesterday to implement the second phase of the US$1.6 million Building an Efficient, Service-oriented, Transparent Administration (BEST) project.

Haveeru reports that the BEST project is supporting the government of the Maldives with modernisation and public administration reform, with a goal of ensuring maximum efficiency in public administration.

The CSC has pledged US$1 million followed by US$87,000 allocated by the President’s Office and US$300,000 from the UNDP for the second phase of BEST.

“This project is exactly what partnerships should look like in the Maldives,” UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Andrew Cox was quoted as saying. “Its real strength is taking what has been done before, and scaling it up. The fact that this is possible demonstrates the seriousness of the Government and the Civil Service Commission in dealing with complicated problems.”

The project will focus on building the capacity of the CSC, its Civil Service Training Institute, and the Governance Reform Unit at the President’s Office.