Dr. Raed Mohammed Bin Shams, the president of the International Institute for Administrative Sciences IIAS, President of Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research (MENAPAR) and Director General of Bahrain Institute for Public Administration (BIPA), affirmed the importance of bolstering the scientific and applied research drive in the field of Public Administration and using methodologies and scientific principles in order to enhance the management systems in the both the private and public sectors. He added that these methodologies must also be invested in the process of decision making and government policy making that would raise the expectations of the societies in the region and lead to the achieving the Sustainable development goals for 2030. He pointed out that attaining the comprehensive sustainability in all fields is not just written in administrative and legislative textbooks but rather commands strategic planning based on scientific and applicable researches and best administrative practices.
His comments came on the occasion of the launch of the 4th conference for the Middle East And North Africa network for public Administration Research (MENAPAR) which is currently taking place in the city of Ifran, from 28th to the 31st of October 2019, in the Kingdom of Morocco entitled : “Public Administration Research and South-South Cooperation for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Arab Region.” The conference is organized and hosted by the AKhawayn University in the Kingdom of Morocco and in cooperation with the Bahrain institute for Public Administration (BIPA) in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Dr. Bin Shams stated that the MENAPAR network has since its establishment in 2014, been keen to review the best management Practices in the Arab region, with the aim of taking advantage of these practices and improving them and opening the door for other countries to benefit from them and adapt them to the serve the Arab Citizen. He added that the network has been able over the years to attract best administrative practices from various parts of the world, leading to this year 105 submission from various countries and a majority of those entries were from Bahrain, with 34 participating entries, while the rest were from Palestine, France, Switzerland, Tunisia, Morocco, Italy and Belgium. Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Libya, Comoros and China.
Dr. Bin Shams further added that the MENAPAR network has introduced this year the best Practices Award with the aim of creating Administrative competition in order to enhance the outcomes to be utilized in the service of citizens around the world and create global administrative communities ready to adapt these practices in line with the agendas of our government and cultures in order to enhance the quality and excellence in the services provided to our citizens. As well as to make the International community to see closely with their own eyes our pioneering Bahraini experience in creating the agenda for scientific research and best Administrative practices initiative and the adaption of international and regional efforts and unified global management strategies in the service of Human beings.
Dr. Bin Shams stated that the winning of the National Health Regulatory Authority (NAHRA) of the best Management Practices Award, for its accreditation program and the national classification of health institutions, reflects the keenness of the Authority and its constant endeavor to continue its efforts to raise the quality of health services in the Kingdom of Bahrain, pointing out that the Authority is always keen to participate in all research activities organized by the BIPA, and periodically provides research contributions and promotes government output in the Government Work system.