President Pavlopoulos: Public administration reforms can reduce state operations cost
Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos referred to the potential for productive interaction and “transfer of know-how” from the private to the public sector, aiming at the more efficient operation of the latter, in his address on Thursday at an event organised by a company for top executives.
Pavlopoulos focused his address on how this “transfer of know-how” from the private to the public sector can contribute positively to the achievement of the development goal in the current critical economic environment, and he underlined the necessary reforms that need to be done in the public sector and more specifically in public administration.
In this context, he said, public administration reforms can drastically reduce the cost of state operations without hindering their efficiency.
He noted that reforms in public administration are the most appropriate institutional and political means of combatting the bureaucracy and corruption burdening the Greek public administration. Indeed, he stressed, the financial cost of corruption in Greece is extremely high while, at the same time, it inhibits the whole development process since it affects at core all kinds of development perspective of the economy.
Referring to the dialogue and the exchange of views and experiences between top executives from the public and private sectors, he pointed out that this facilitates planning and completing public sector reforms, as the presentation of ideas and best practices, particularly in the private sector, opens attractive prospects to the public sector executives for reforms that upgrade the operation of the public administration and improve the services offered.
He also referred to the contribution of digital technology to public administration, stressing that “it does not only provide the means to deal primarily with bureaucracy but it also provides a vast range of applications in various areas of public administration, speeding up its operation.”