delivered by HE Frank Mann, Ambassador of
1. Introductory Remarks
On behalf of the Development Partners I would like to convey to you our appreciation for the dialogue on the twin-track approach of the Priority Operating Costs (POC) and Compensation Reform (CR) within the broader Public Administration Reform framework, in particular the open and constructive April 9th meeting with HE DPM Sok An.
We acknowledge the strong commitment and ownership by the Royal Government of Cambodia for both track one Compensation Reform and track two POC reflected in a number of key agreements:
Development Partners believe that both tracks are critical: POC as a transitional measure and Compensation Reform as the key component of long-term civil service reform that will contribute to improved service delivery in Cambodia We would like to reemphasize that in our understanding POC is a transitory mechanism and that we agree with your view that civil service effectiveness - including development program implementation - should not rely on such scheme. We therefore trust that as we progress with the implementation of the compensation reform, POC will gradually end. We welcome the suggestion at the high level meeting to elaborate principles and milestones that would lead to this ending of POC (in 18 to 24 months).
We recognise the complexity of the Compensation Reform, especially as it has to be part of broader civil service reform. It is important in our view to use the JMI as a basis to lay out some of the key milestones and parameters of these complex reforms. These milestones should include a sequenced strategy to implement the reform including the identification of key sectors to start with. We welcome that the RGC through the Council for Administrative Reform Secretariat has, based on the mandate of the high level meeting, started to develop and engage in a technical dialogue on the JMI for the Compensation Reform within a broader Public Administration Reform Agenda.
2. Issues to be addressed
Track one: Compensation Reform
What is the Government’s vision for completing the compensation reform? (We believe it would be useful to have a final vision, as an anchor to work backwards to various milestones)
Track two: Priority Operating Costs (POC)
We are looking for guidance and further clarification about these questions to support the constructive ongoing technical dialogue in preparation towards a final agreement at the CDCF.