Held on Wednesday, the meeting adopted the ASEAN Cooperation on Civil Service Matters (ACCSM) Work Plan 2021-2025 which includes 39 projects and five priority areas namely: 1) Enhancing workforce competencies and standards in the public sectors; 2) Building institutional capacities and inter-agency coordination; 3) Transformative leadership; 4) Strengthening ASEAN Resource Centres; and 5) Public sector reform and modernisation.
The new work plan also highlighted activities that contribute to the implementation of ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework which is ASEAN’s exit strategy for the covid-19 pandemic.
"It will guide the region towards a safe reopening, recovery and long-term resiliency against future public health emergencies and pandemics," stated the ASEAN Secretariat in a press release on Wednesday.
The Heads of Civil Service met their counterparts from the Plus Three Countries (China, Japan and Republic of Korea). They adopted the ACCSM Plus Three Work Plan 2021-2025 which includes 31 activities. At the meeting, they shared experiences and exchanged views on measures to promote agility and resilience of civil service and high-quality public services for the people amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Policies and support for remote and flexible work arrangements have been introduced by most ASEAN Plus Three countries for civil servants. Several public services have likewise shifted online. Meanwhile, occupational safety and health standards and protocols have been instituted for safe return to work. Countries are developing their economic recovery and business continuity plans.
The ASEAN Plus Three Heads of Civil Service underlined the importance of enhancing capabilities to respond to the pandemic and close cooperation towards post-pandemic recovery.
The meeting also witnessed the handover of ACCSM Chairmanship from Thailand to Vietnam for the period of 2021-2022.