In order to boost the assistance given to Serbia in implementing its internal reforms, especially in the public administration sector, and in stimulating regional reconciliation, Italian Ambassador Carlo Lo Cascio and the UNDP Resident Representative in Serbia, Carla Robin Hershey, signed two agreements to co-finance and implement two projects in Serbia today in Belgrade.
The first co-financed project is dedicated to “training public employees for the 21st century” and the second project concerns “improving regional cooperation in prosecuting crimes of war and the search for missing people”. Both the Ambassador and the UNDP Resident Representative expressed their satisfaction for the two initiatives and Ambassador Lo Cascio added that they meet the need to train professional figures to manage an efficient public administration, also with a view to making progress in the EU accession process. Ms Hershey said: “At the United Nations, we believe that life-long learning for State employees is key for an effective public administration. High-quality education is one of the strongest and most tested means to achieve sustainable development.” The event took place at the Italian Embassy at the attendance of Snezana Antonijevic, the Assistant Director of the National Academy Public Administration, in representation of the Serbian authorities and as the beneficiary of one of the two projects financed.