The members of the EROPA Executive Council (EC) convened on 11 September 2017 to revisit the accomplishment of the past year, to tackle the issues the organization is facing and to plan the future endeavors of EROPA. New officials of the EC were also elected during the meeting.
Presided by EROPA Secretary-General Orlando S. Mercado, the 63rd Executive Council Meeting was attended by representatives from eight state members, three institutional members, and one individual member. Among the issues discussed in the meeting are the following: past activities of the secretariat and the three EROPA Centers, updating of the Asian Review of Public Administration (ARPA), status of EROPA memberships, and plans to revitalize the organization.
EROPA Deputy Secretary-General Maria Fe V. Mendoza, who is also acting as Associate Editor of the ARPA, shared with the body that the academic publisher SAGE Publication has communicated its interest to include ARPA among its roster of academic journals. Meanwhile, the EC members warmly welcomed EC Auditor Prijono Tjiptoherijanto’s proposal to undertake a performance audit of the organization in addition to the annual financial audit.
Dr. Oh Dong-ho, the president of South Korea’s National Human Resources Development Institute (NHI), was elected the new chair of the Executive Council. Other newly elected officials of the Executive Council are the following: Dr. Adi Suryanto (Indonesia) as First Vice Chair, Dr. Mohan Krishna Sapkota (Nepal) as Second Vice Chair, Philippine Civil Service Commission Chair Alicia Bala as Third Vice Chair, and Dr. Tjiptoherijanto was reappointed as Auditor. The officers will be for confirmation in the Second General Assembly on 14 September.
Lastly, the delegation of Indonesia, as the host of 2018 international l conference, presented their plans and preparations, and their proposed theme-- “The Future of Public Administration: Managing Global Megatrends.”