As the call for papers closed last May, and the review process done a month later, the 2017 EROPA Conference is expected to host up to 84 papers to be presented. Hosted by the Republic of Korea (South Korea), this year's conference will be the largest in terms of the number of presentations in recent years. From 2000 to 2016, paper presentations in the EROPA Conference averaged at 42.
To participate or observe in the 2017 Conference, one can still register online until 31 July. If some details are still unavailable by the deadline (e.g. accommodation, flight, etc.), kindly note in your registration form that these details shall follow. You can send them later in the official conference e-mail (email@example.com) or the Secretariat e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
After the online registration closes, one can register in the venue from 11 to 12 September. Payment of registration fees is also to be made on site (cash only). Check the conference subsite from time to time for more updates.
The largest conference in terms of the number of presentations in EROPA's recent history prior to this year was in 1999. The said conference was held in Manila, Philippines. It hosted around 90 presentations.
Professor Pan-suk Kim was inaugurated as the Minister of Personnel Management by appointment of Korean President Moon Jae-in on 12 July 2017. He is the third to hold the said position since the ministry was established in 2014. The ministry was formerly known as the Ministry of Security and Public Administration (2013), and the Ministry of Public Administration and Security (2008).
As for Professor Kim, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Review of Public Administration (ARPA) since 2009. The ARPA is EROPA's biannual journal. He was also the President of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) from 2010 to 2013, the first Asian to hold the position, and has been serving as the President of the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) since 2010.
Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro of Alliance of Concerned Teachers said Joint Circular 1 issued by the Civil Service Commission allows government agencies to hire personnel on Contracts of Service (COS) and Job Orders (JO) or contractual basis.
Since the CSC, Commission on Audit (COA) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) have no guidelines governing contracts of service and job orders, as of July 2016, there were 595,162 contractual workers in government, Tinio said.
“The government is already the biggest user of contractual workers, and the CSC circular further allows government agencies to hire personnel on COSs and JOs until end of 2018,” the lawmaker added.
India’s Taxing Pains
India’s biggest tax reform since independence was launched Saturday to a mixture of protests and confusion among businesses and consumers. Yet despite the initial implementation dramas, analysts have pointed to potential longer-term gains for Asia’s third largest economy.
Formally enacted in a late-night session of parliament Friday, the new goods and services tax (GST) has unified 29 states and 1.28 billion people into a single market for the first time. The move is expected to strengthen government finances, reducing complexity and boosting foreign investment, among other economic benefits.