ASEAN Cooperation on Civil Service Matters (ACCSM) Overview

Enhancing regional cooperation for effective and efficient civil service systems and good governance is a priority for realising a prosperous and resilient ASEAN Community by 2015. The ASEAN Conference on Civil Service Matters (ACCSM) was established in 1981 to foster a greater level of cooperation among the ASEAN civil services. The ACCSM continues to be a platform for the exchange of information, sharing of ideas and experiences on the civil services for ASEAN Countries. Through regional fora, mentoring or partnering activities have been facilitated at bilateral or multi-country levels. The ACCSM is also determined to promote effective cooperation and mutual assistance in, among others, public sector capacity building that support the narrowing of the development gap among ASEAN Countries.

The ACCSM Mission Statement adopted in 1999 serves to guide its actions and decisions and reflects the shared interests of ASEAN Member Countries as follows:

“The ACCSM seeks to develop effective, capable, accountable and responsive civil services in ASEAN through:

  • •Strengthening of existing mechanisms for networking, mutual learning and sharing of experiences among members;
  • Promotion and facilitation of exchange of best practices and other public management innovations by enhancing the role of ASEAN Resource Centres as providers of expertise in their respective areas of competencies; and
  • Establishment of supporting initiatives to help ASEAN Civil Services develop and adopt cutting-edge practices.”

The ASEAN Regional Centre (ARC) in each ASEAN Country conducts capacity-building trainings for civil servants; enhances workforce competencies; build institutional capacity; strengthen public sector leadership as well as facilitate exchanges among ASEAN civil service officials. The ARCs function as providers of expertise in different areas of:

  • Managing New Technologies (Brunei Darussalam)
  • Capacity Development of the Civil Servants (Cambodia)
  • Information Exchange (ARCIE) (Indonesia)
  • Civil Service Performance Management (Lao PDR)
  • Case Study (ARCCS) (Malaysia)
  • Training of Trainers for Civil Service (Myanmar)
  • Testing (the Philippines)
  • Management Innovation (Singapore)
  • Leadership Development (Thailand)
  • Personnel Management (Viet Nam)