Seminar on Systems and Reforms of Social Public Services

22 Sep 2013

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The Seminar on Systems and Reforms of Social Public Services was held in Beijing on 22 September 2013. Co-organised by the China Research Society for Public Sector Reform, the United Nations Development Programme, the Chinese Public Administration Society, the China Society of Administration Reform, and the China Welfare Lottery Issuing and Management Centre, this Seminar brought together government officials, local practitioners, representatives from research institutions, think tanks, and leading scholars from selected countries to exchange ideas on improving public and social services provision. Visiting experts from Australia, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United States, and Vietnam participated in the Seminar, presenting results from case studies and sharing insights on public sector reform.

UNDP Resident Representative Renata Dessallien delivered a speech during the event opening in which she summarised four major characteristics of China’s public administration reform process and encouraged China to share with the world unique reform initiatives that are taking place in the country at the moment. The morning session was led by Mr. Huang Wenping, President of the China Research Society for Public Sector Reform. In his keynote address, Mr. Huang stressed the importance of deepening public service system reform and constructing better ways to distribute social services.

Presentations were made on case studies from Germany and Australia, detailing management of social service organisations, transition of government functions to improve corporate governance of universities, and administration of public institutions personnel. Three parallel sessions were also held later in the afternoon on system reforms in the areas of education, health, and non-profit organizations.

The seminar provided an opportunity for practitioners, researchers, and decision-makers working on China’s system reform of social public services to gain a broader understanding of how their work will have an impact on a global scale. The international case studies introduced by UNDP experts and discussions with Chinese experts and practitioners will inform China’s overall reform on Public Service Units.