“For South East European University, conferences of this kind in itself are a challenge in order to capture the modern trends in governance and governance planning, so your contribution will be an aid for our readiness in order to have positive effects in a very important dimension that our university has toward the society in approaching and affirming the best international governance experiences,” said the Rector South East European University, Prof. Dr. Zamir Dika.
“The Republic of Macedonia received a positive assessment and the recommendation for the opening of negotiations for membership in the European Union as a result of the tireless work of all institutions, and in particular as a result of the hard work of public administration," said the President of the Parliament of Macedonia, Mr. Talat Xhaferi. He stressed that these reforms are being made to achieve the well-being of citizens, and to create decent living and working conditions.
The Minister of Information Society and Administration in the Government of Macedonia, Mr. Damjan Mançevski presented the data on the number of public administration institutions, emphasizing the importance of implementing reforms. He said Macedonia is the only country in the region that has drafted a strategy for administration reforms.
“All these reforms will not make sense without the digitalization of the administration. We will not bring citizen into institutions, but we will bring the institutions closer to the citizen," said Minister Mançevski.
SEEU Pro-Rector for Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. Lejla Abazi, emphasized the role of the University in service of society.
“Since its establishment SEEU has been and is committed in assisting the administration and for this purpose the Faculty of Public Administration was formed," said Pro-Rector Abazi.
"As the Ambassador of Slovenia to Macedonia I have a close cooperation with the Faculty of Contemporary Social Sciences and South East European University and several times I have participated in activities that are organized here," said the Slovenian Ambassador, H.E. Milan Jazbec. Concerning the topic of the conference, Ambassador Jazbec said that in order for the administration to function properly there should be no political interference.
The USAID Representative at this conference, Mr. Edward Gonzales, said he feels privileged to be present at SEEU and at this important conference.
“We think that a functional and democratic administration should have the principle of inclusiveness, efficiency and transparency," said Gonzales.
The Acting Head of the OSCE Mission in Skopje, Mr. Jeff Goldstein, in the capacity of the key note speaker of the conference, stressed the importance of student preparation as a carrier of reforms.
“Students are our future and tomorrow they will be the main bearers of public institutions. In order for the state administration to function, first of all rule of law should function and the main challenge is to change the mentality of the society," said Goldstein.
The Rector’s Advisor for P.R. and Communication, Doc. Dr. Demush Bajrami, said that this conference will give a contribution to the reforms announced.
“This conference at the core of its elaboration is expected to provide an opportunity for reflection on the challenges and perspectives in achieving good governance principles in the public sector, leading or helping to successful public administration reforms," said Doc. Dr. Demush Bajrami.
The conference was held in separate sessions and at the end all participants were provided with certificates.