Tue, Oct 14, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Forum to discuss civil service

GOVERNMENT REFORM The local and international experts will talk about exams, management and training issues related to how a government bureaucracy works

By Huang Tai-lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Deborah Hensler, left, a professor from Stanford University, and Udo Bartsch, president of the Federal Academy of Public Administration in Germany, have a chat at a reception ceremony held yesterday for the two-day International Symposium on Government Reform and Civil Service System that begins today.

PHOTO: SEAN CHAO, TAIPEI TIMES

Distinguished international and local academics and government officials will participate in a two-day symposium starting today that aims to give advice to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on how to modernize the nation's civil service.

Examination Yuan President Yao Chia-wen (姚嘉文) said the purpose of the International Symposium on Government Reform and Civil Service System is to provide a forum where Taiwanese academics can exchange views and ideas with overseas academics on various issues relating to government reform and the civil service.

"It is through this exchange that we hope to learn from other countries' experiences and development of civil service systems which can therefore help the country enhance its overall national competitiveness," Yao said last night at a welcoming banquet at the Examination Yuan.

"We also hope that this exchange will result in various visionary and novel ideas that can result in a blueprint for the country's development on government reforms and the civil service system," Yao said.

According to Yao, the symposium will deal with four main topics: examination system for the legal civil service; the effect of government reform on the civil service; efficient management of civil servants and training for higher-level civil servants.

Among those giving speeches are Deborah Hensler, Stanford University professor, Udo Bartsch, president of the Federal Academy of Public Administration of Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior, and Examination Yuan Secretary-General Chu Wu-hsien (朱武獻).

Yao, Han Chung-Mo Law Foundation Chairman Lee Hung-hsi (李鴻禧) and Judicial Yuan President Weng Yueh-sheng (翁岳生) will preside over some of the discussions.

A reputable specialist or scholar in each field will give a speech in each session, which will be supplemented and analyzed by other interlocutors from either the government or academia.

Aside from civil servants, symposium participants will include members from civil groups, the private sector and universities, according to a press release from the Examination Yuan.

The symposium, to be held at the National Library in Taipei, is organized by the Examination Yuan, the Han Chung-Mo Law Foundation and co-organized by the Law School of the National Taiwan University, the Ministry of Examination, the Ministry of Civil Service and the Civil Service Protection and Training Commission.

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