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NCGG Commences 5th Capacity Building Program for Cambodian Civil Servants

Mussoorie: The National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) in Mussoorie has inaugurated its 5th Capacity Building Program on Public Policy and Governance for Cambodian Civil Servants. The two-week program, running from June 24 to July 5, 2024, is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Forty civil servants from the Kingdom of Cambodia, including Joint Secretaries, Directors, Deputy Secretaries, and Under Secretaries from the Ministry of Civil Services and the Ministry of Senate, are attending the program.

The program aims to provide a platform for policy dialogue and the sharing of best practices, offering participants valuable insights into institutional transformation and citizen engagement.

V. Srinivas, Director General (DG) of NCGG and Secretary of the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), chaired the inaugural session. He emphasized the role of technology in enhancing transparency and accountability, aligning with India’s policy maxim of “Minimum Government and Maximum Governance.” He cited the example of CPGRAMS, India’s AI-driven public grievance redressal portal, as a model of effective governance.

Mam Phoeuk, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Civil Services and head of the Cambodian delegation, expressed gratitude to the Indian Government. He highlighted the program’s potential to enhance capacity building and foster bilateral dialogue, thereby strengthening ties between India and Cambodia.

Dr. B.S. Bisht, Associate Professor at NCGG and Course Coordinator, provided detailed information about the NCGG’s achievements and future plans. He outlined the comprehensive training schedule, which covers a variety of topics in the first week, including Public Policy and Management, Transparency in Government Procurement, the Indian Constitutional Scheme, India-Cambodia Relations, Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure, Aadhaar as a Tool for Good Governance, Health Governance, and the impact of Parliamentary Devices on governance, among others.

The second phase of the program will include field visits to the Smart City project and ITDA in Dehradun, District Administration in Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, the Union Public Service Commission, and the Indian Parliament. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to explore India’s history and culture with visits to the PM Sangrahalaya, Buddha Temple, and the Taj Mahal.

The NCGG has previously imparted training to civil servants from 17 countries, including Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Tunisia, Seychelles, Gambia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cambodia.

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