In the framework of the Forum the China-Central Asia Network of the Academies of Governance and Public Administration. The creation of the Network was initiated by the China National Academy of Governance.
“The Network will give a new impetus to cooperation in the field of training and education of civil servants, and therefore will contribute to the modernization of countries as a whole,” said Alikhan Baimenov, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Astana Civil Service Hub. The founding members of the Network will be Academies of Public Administration of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The Forum on “Inter-Civilizational Communication and Global Development”, held in Beijing on the initiative of China National Academy of Governance, was attended by heads of international organizations, senior government officials, politicians, and experts from thinktanks in the field of public administration from more than 30 countries of Europe, America, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
Executive Vice President of the Party School of the Central Communist of C.P.C. (Chinese National Academy of Governance) Mr. Xie Chuntao, President of the New Development Bank and Ex-President of Brazil Ms. Dilma Rousseff, Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution Mr. John L. Thornton (USA), Former Prime-Minister of Belgium Mr. Yves Leterme, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Astana Civil Service Hub Mr. Alikhan Baimenov and a number of other international experts spoke at the Plenary session of the Forum.
Xie Chuntao outlined the importance of strengthening communication and cooperation between different civilizations, strengthening dialogue and mutual understanding for sustainable and harmonious global development.
In his speech, Alikhan Baimenov emphasized that the driving forces of progress of civilizations are inherent curiosity, a profound desire to acquire unexplored knowledge, as well as and the desire to nurture communities. In addition, he noted that over the centuries, the best minds of humanity, such as Confucius, Al-Farabi and Abay, have actively contributed to the development of a culture of community and values of humanity, ensuring the preservation of such harmony.
Mr. Baimenov also said that the key factor in the development of civilizations is dialogue and communication. Examples of this can be seen in global initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as “One Belt – One Road” initiative, and the concept of a human community with a shared future, which are aimed at creating a global environment for long-term sustainable development and realizing the potential of each country in interests of human progress. “In this context, the systematic exchange of experience and knowledge, including forums such as the current one, are a very important tool for enriching the global dialogue,” – he concluded.
As part of the Forum, a meeting was held between representatives of the Central Asian countries and Executive Vice President of the Party School of the Central Communist of C.P.C. (Chinese National Academy of Governance) Xie Chuntao.
During the meeting, Mr. Baimenov and the Rectors of the Academies of Public Administration of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan shared their vision of the prospects for cooperation in the field of training and retraining of civil servants.
Mr. Baimenov also presented a special issue of the ACSH’s Journal of Civil Service Reform and Practice dedicated to public administration reforms in China, noting the high interest and demand from ACSH participating countries and partners for this publication.
For reference: China is one of the co-founding countries of the Astana Civil Service Hub, that actively participates in its initiatives since very inception.