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PICPA Initiates 3 Research Projects

Research in Public Administration matters is critically important not only for availability of information and data for planning and co-ordination purposes, but also for development of policy and implementation of actions to improve work place practices and performance, thereby leading to improved service delivery.  These are the comments of Mr Parmesh Chand, Director of the University of the South Pacific (USP) based Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA), as the Centre concluded signing of three Contracts with three different Research Teams at USP to undertake research.  The Research personnel for the three Teams are drawn from Faculty of Business and Economics and Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment.

Mr Chand said that the research to be undertaken cover three highly relevant areas in public administration in the Pacific Islands Countries (PICs) namely, Use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to improve Quality of Service Delivery in the PICs, Status of Development of Workplace Social Friendly Policies in PICs and Status of Implementation of Performance Management Systems in Public Sector in the PICs.  He said the results of the research would be particularly useful not only to PICPA but to policy makers and implementers of Public policy in the PICs.

“We need to have baseline data as well as articulation of onground practices to be able to better focus our programmes of assistance.  Such information will also be extremely useful to relevant public officials in the PICs in terms of planning, policy formulation and implementation.”

Mr Chand said that the interim findings of the three research studies will be presented to Pacific Public Service Commissioners Conference in Palau in August this year, before they are finalised for dissemination and follow up action by end of the year.

PICPA is a specialist centre which responds to the identified needs and plans of Pacific Island Countries (PICs) for strengthened public administration to enable improved service delivery and faster economic growth.  The Centre is headed by a Director, with two Advisors, a Programme Manager and three support staff.  It is perfectly positioned with the University of the South Pacific (USP) to network and utilise the resource capabilities of the University for training and capacity building in project preparations, monitoring and evaluation, public finance management procurement, governance and leadership development etc.  The Centre is funded by the Government of Australia.

 

Director PICPA Mr. Parmesh Chand and Professor Vijay Naidu at the signing ceremony

Director PICPA Mr. Parmesh Chand and Professor Vijay Naidu at the signing ceremony

(From left) Acting Director CFL Mr. Dhiraj Bhartu, Director PICPA Mr. Parmesh Chand and Senior Learning Designer Valentine Hazelman at the signing ceremony

(From left) Acting Director CFL Mr. Dhiraj Bhartu, Director PICPA Mr. Parmesh Chand and Senior Learning Designer Valentine Hazelman at the signing ceremony




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