IPACS hosts Russian-Cuban roundtable
On May 27, 2021, RANEPA Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service held a joint Russian-Cuban roundtable, Modern public administration and the role of new-generation civil servants: Cuban and Russian experience. The meeting, held via videoconference, was attended by RANEPA management, IPACS officers, and students from the Personnel Management and Civil Service Department enrolled with the programs Public Service and Personnel Policy, Public Service and Corporate Personnel Management, and Social Change Management.
Vice-Rector Dmitry Butashin and Acting Director of IPACS Ruslan Korchagin opened the meeting with welcoming remarks. The participants discussed transformation of public administration, digitalization of the state, and the role of a modern civil servant. They also shared their experience of governance in Russia and Cuba.
Mercedes Delgado Fernandez, Rector of Cuba’s Higher School of State and Government Personnel (ESCEG), described the modern public administration structure and role in Cuba. Another Cuban participant, Deputy Minister of Communications Ernesto Rodriguez Hernandez, noted the importance of the new stage of digitalization in his remarks.
RANEPA Director for Development of International Cooperation and Education Larisa Taradina who attended the roundtable spoke about the importance of cooperation and the potential of Russian-Cuban relations. Dean of the Personnel Management and Civil Service Department Yelena Kireyeva spoke about forms of professional development for Russian civil servants and presented IPACS bachelor's, master's and continuing education and training programs aimed at building a pool of professionals for the public administration system. Director of the Public Administration and Civil Service Research Centre Tigran Zanko suggested some promising topics for joint research in public administration to his Cuban colleagues. Another Russian panelist, Maxim Prokoshin, member of the Center for Research in Public Finance and Tax Law Research in Central and Eastern Europe, spoke in Spanish about modern tax administration.
Karolina Sikirinskaya, Deputy Head of the International Cooperation Department and Deputy Director of the Russian-Italian Center at IPACS RANEPA, who moderated the roundtable, summed up the discussion. She said the panelists’ remarks have confirmed the parties’ mutual interest in expanding research and educational cooperation, and thanked her Cuban colleagues for the opportunity to discuss the prospects for the civil service in both countries.