Social Partnership on the Agenda
The Development Strategy Center hosted a training workshop on ‘Analysis of the Activities of Public Councils under State Agencies, Existing Problems and Solutions’ to share priorities between state agencies, NGOs and other civil society institutions in the field of social partnership for the 2020 fiscal year.
Organized by the Public Fund under the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Development Strategy Center and the Independent Institute for Monitoring the Formation of Civil Society, the workshop brought together members of the Legislative Chamber, representatives of state and executive authorities, NGOs and the media.
Shukhrat Dekhkanov, a representative of the Development Strategy Center, greeted the guests pointing out to the importance of developing specific and effective mechanisms to further strengthen the social partnership between state agencies and civil society institutions in addressing relevant issues of the country's socio-economic, political, cultural and humanitarian development.
The workshop participants were unanimous that the main goal of the ongoing reforms in the republic is to build a democratic rule-of-law state, an open socio-economic market economy, and to create the foundations of a just civil society.
As noted by the guests and participants of the event, Uzbekistan built a modern and reliable legal framework that sustains free democratic development of various civil society institutions in line with the highest democratic requirements, and includes more than 250 legislative acts.
Rustam Kamilov, Director, Independent Institute for Monitoring the Formation of Civil Society:
“The analysis on the ground showed that the tasks stipulated in the Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan No. RP-3837 ‘On measures to organize the activities of public councils under state agencies’ were fulfilled unsatisfactorily. Specifically, the analysis revealed poor performance in the work on engaging labor veterans in public councils at state agencies, on involving those who showed government service excellence, respected citizens with extensive practical skills in public activities, as well as representatives of non-governmental non-profit organizations, the media and other civil society institutions.
Meanwhile, the study and identification of shortcomings in this field demonstrates the start of large-scale efforts to address this problem. The measures taken and the effectiveness of the work being done fully depend on the approach to the solution of this problem. That is, the main challenge for us today is to improve the quality of sevents in terms of their content and the issues discussed. Regular informing the public about the measures taken and their outcomes through the websites of state agencies and the media is also important.”
The participants noted that the Public Fund under the Oliy Majlis and its Parliamentary Commission for asset management, in accordance with the requirements of the law provide regular methodological assistance to the Public Commission for Social Partnership under the Jokargy Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regional and Tashkent councils of people's representatives.
Specific proposals and recommendations were developed to further improve the work of the commissions and deepen the principles of sustainable social partnership in the regions. Building upon the decisions of the Parliamentary Commission, in 2008-2018, the Public Fund under the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan allocated 89.1 billion soums of state grants, social orders and subsidies for the implementation of more than 2,339 projects and programs of public organizations and other civil society institutions, and organized over 60 contests.
The participants also discussed the ways to improve the legal framework for the further development of social partnership, develop management policies in non-governmental non-profit organizations, ensure their financial sustainability, promote the achievements in the field of social partnership on the national and international arena, and expand international cooperation. They highlighted some other pressing issues, and made proposals.
Experts of the Development Strategy Center summed up the workshop and summarized the proposals received.
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