Risks and Opportunities for the Public Councils have been identified

Jul 18, 2016

Photo Credit: Jamilya Arbanalieva

Coordinating committee of (COP) public councils of government bodies provided the strategic plan for 2016-2018.

It provides issues of efficiency and sustainable activities of the Coordinating Council (CC), as well as to improve the mechanisms of interaction of the CC with the public councils, authorities, civil society organizations and other stakeholders. Also, members of the Coordinating Council conducted SWOT-analysis presented then to the participants.

This was became possible thanks to the semi-annual conference “Improving the performance of public councils of government bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic", which was held 8 July 2016 at the American University of Central Asia.

The conference was attended by members of public councils of 33 government bodies, Ombudsman, representatives of the Government Office, the Secretariat of the Defense Council, ministries of the Kyrgyz Republic, international organizations and civil society organizations.

During the conference, the Chairman of the Coordination Council, Aida Rustemova presented a strategy of the Coordinating Council and said the ultimate goal of the Coordinating Committee and public councils is a transparent and accountable public administration, focusing on respect for citizens' interests. In addition, it was noted the main mission of the Coordination Council is to create a stable platform for civic participation and direct advocacy of interests of citizens in the process of improving the quality of public services.

It should also be stressed that Ombudsman and Coordination Committee of public councils of the Kyrgyz Republic signed the cooperation agreement. Particular attention in this agreement was given to the involvement of the citizens and public councils in the discussion of the most important problems in the area of human rights, arising out of wrongful acts and omissions of government bodies and their officials, as well as to ensure greater accountability and transparency of government bodies before the citizens.

The semi-annual conference of public councils was held with the support of the UNDP project “Improving the rule of law and access to justice for sustainable peace”, funded by the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) of the United Nations, USAID, and the Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan.

Jamilya Arbanalieva, Civil society expert, UNDP “Democratic Governance” Programme

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