The Royal School of Administration (RCA) and the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) held a training course on September 28 on “capacity building of public unit management “ for 112 civil servants from the NACD and relevant state institutions.

RCA director Youk Bunna, who is also permanent secretary of state for the Ministry of Civil Service, told The Post on September 29 that the training was conducted under the auspices of the July 29 memorandum of understanding (MoU) between RCA and NACD outlining plans to build human resources capacities for both institutions.

He said that in previous years a small number of officials from NACD would come to RCA directly for training, but this year they had expanded the programme and brought in a larger group of 112 officials.

He said the training was focused entirely on administrative and management issues rather than attempting to cross-train on law enforcement or drugs-related topics that the officials frequently address elsewhere.

He added that within the framework of this MoU, the two institutions will continue to organise such training courses in the future and will also exchange trainers to expand training to target officials who needed to improve their capacity.

“Focused training is more effective than general training so we provide it to suit their needs in the framework of operations as well as in their duties as the leadership of their units. In addition, we train officials in charge of high-efficiency work because we already have experience doing that effectively with other institutions,”he said.

Sreang Phanith, director of the RCA’s training department, said in her remarks at the opening day of the training course on September 28 that the RCA had organised this training programme into four modules.

Module A touches on things from the perspective of the unit’s director. Module B focuses on administrative and communication skills. Module C covers unit personnel management and budget management, while Module D discusses case studies and social work. All together, the four modules added up to 156 hours of classroom time.

He said it was expected that at the end of the training, all 112 civil servants will be able to manage, lead and plan effectively by delegating specific assignments to their subordinates that are accompanied by clearly stated and realistic work goals.