Smart Governance in Focus: Civil service President Nasih Unveils Digital Initiatives

President of Civil service commission Nasih speaking in todays opening ceremony. – Phot: Dhuvas

Maldives Civil Services Commission President Mohamed Nasih has emphasized the ongoing digital transformation within the commission, stating that these changes will make civil services more efficient and cost-effective.

In his speech at the opening ceremony of the Civil Services Conference today, Nasih highlighted the technological advancements being implemented to enhance their work each day.

He noted that most offices under civil services now offer online form applications and payment options via online channels. He mentioned that the Civil Service Network, developed in 2011, has undergone many recent changes, including the processes of job announcements and staff appointments being conducted through it.

Nasih pointed out that the staff appraisals, which previously required extensive paperwork, are now being transformed digitally, resulting in significant cost savings and convenience in assessing the work of civil servants.

He explained that a key focus is on decentralizing tasks, allowing permanent secretaries in offices, even in atolls, to hire staff. With this change, the role of the main civil service body will shift to monitoring and assessing.

“Our target is to centralize record-keeping, grant leave access, and consolidate all other information into a single window. We are developing our network. Additionally, the introduction of digital signing is a key feature we look forward to implementing,” Nasih said.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Smart Governance for Civil Services Excellence.” Many papers will be presented over the two-day conference regarding technological advancements to improve service delivery.

About 280 participants, including top hierarchy officials, state ministers, deputy ministers, city mayors, council presidents from atolls, and other senior officials, are expected to attend. This conference, initiated in 2014, aims to research and understand civil services while identifying areas for improvement. It also includes academic discussions on modern changes necessary for service enhancement.

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