President Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan has authored a number of conceptual innovations
By implementing effective and multifaceted reforms in the field of administration and provision of public services to the population, Azerbaijan, a country known for its unique development model, has authored a number of conceptual innovations, President Ilham Aliyev said in his letter addressed the participants of the international forum “The path to advanced governance: towards sustainable and innovative public services”, News.Az reports.
“I am sending my greetings to the participants of the international forum on “The path to advanced governance: towards sustainable and innovative public services”, and wish you fruitful discussions and useful cooperation within the framework of the forum,” the head of state said.
President Aliyev noted that the “ASAN service” concept is one of Azerbaijan’s unique initiatives. “It paved the way for a new service model governed by the ideas of securing citizen satisfaction and transparency in the provision of public services, preventing corruption, applying innovative approaches and modern technologies, forging a new way of thinking in the relations between public servants and citizens. This model has proven fully justified.”
“This success is reflected both in the positive feedback of the country's citizens and in the interest and attitude shown at the international level. “ASAN service” practices are already applied in a number of countries. In 2015, it was awarded the United Nations Public Service Award, and in 2019, the special award in the field of development of public services with the application of digital management, making “ASAN service” an Azerbaijani brand. The “ASAN International Association of Institutions Providing Public Services” and ASAN awards have been established in ICESCO member states and African countries jointly with relevant international organizations in the field of public services,” he said.
The president recalled that the UN Human Rights Council adopted has a resolution on the “Promotion of human rights and Sustainable Development Goals through transparent, responsible and efficient delivery of public services”, calling upon international organizations to promote the successful experience of “ASAN service”.
“In December 2022, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first “ASAN service” center. Today, more than 360 services are provided by various state institutions and private companies in “ASAN service” centers.
Since being established, “ASAN service” has secured the provision of public services on nearly 60 million applications. According to opinion polls, the service enjoys an approval rating of 99.8 percent,” he added
Another innovation brought about by the “ASAN service” concept has been the involvement of volunteers from the first day the service began to operate, noted President Aliyev. “With their positive energy and modern outlook, volunteers breathed a new life into the field of public services, thus expanding the movement of volunteers in Azerbaijan and proving its effectiveness in all spheres of public life.
I do hope that the broad exchange of ideas and productive discussions that will be held within the forum will contribute to the achievement of sustainable and innovative public services,” the head of state concluded.