Kazakhstan's civil servants study best practices in the field of emergency and crisis management in the public sector

On March 12–13, a seminar was held on the topic “Emergency and Crisis Management in the Public Sector,” organized by the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy in partnership with the Astana Civil Service Hub and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Welcoming speeches were made by Mr. Weng Tat Hui, Dean of the NU Graduate School of Public Policy and Mr. Alikhan Baimenov, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Astana Civil Service Hub.

Mr. Baimenov congratulated all participants on the holy month of Ramadan, and also noted that emergency situations, occurred in recent years in Kazakhstan, such as explosions in Arys, fires in the Abay region, earthquakes and mudflows in Almaty, once again reminded of the importance of coordinated work of services ensuring the safety and well-being of citizens in these conditions, as well as the importance of studying best practices in the field of crisis management.

The main speaker and facilitator of the seminar was Dr. Naim Kapuchu, who is international expert, professor of public administration and Founding Director of the Center for Public and Non-profit Management at the University of Central Florida. During the two-day seminar, Prof. Kapuchu introduced participants to the basic principles and cycle of emergency management, spoke about how to create an effective system for managing such situations and also spoke about the importance of leadership, communication and coordinated efforts of various government agencies during crisis situations.

The seminar was attended by representatives of the National Security Committee, Ministries of Emergency Situations, Internal Affairs, Health, Education, Science and Higher Education.

During bilateral meeting between Mr. Alikhan Baimenov and Prof. Naim Kapuchu, the parties exchanged views and proposals on potenrial areas of cooperation, including conduction of joint research and preparation of case studies based on the results of this seminar.


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