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LGED launches innovative code of conduct online training programme

 City Desk

The launching ceremony  of E-module on the code of conduct for the  LGED was held at LGED Headquarters, Agargaon in the city yesterday .

The programme was jointly orgainsed by LGED, USAID and UNOPS at LGED Headquarters, Agargaon in the city yesterday.

Additional Chief Engineer (Planning and Design) of LGED, Md. Khalilur Rahman, Project Director of Bangladesh Agriculture Infrastructure Development Project (BAIDP) Md. Jasim Uddin, Director of USAID Bangladesh Economic Growth Office Matt Curtis and UNOPS South Asia Director  Francoise Jacob  were also present on the occasion.

It is mentionable that the USAID Bangladesh and the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) are implementing the Bangladesh Agricultural Infrastructure Development Program (BAIDP) that aims to improve food security in the country through the construction of agricultural infrastructure. USAID Bangladesh partnered with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to provide technical assistance to LGED in line with its Capacity Development Plan (CDP) aimed at upgrading LGED’s operational capacities and performance to meet international standards.

One of the goals of the CDP is to improve staff awareness on the organization’s Code of Conducting order to improve transparency and accountability, encourage prevention and detection of fraud, and promote segregation of duties, ethics and integrity, paving the way to establish good governance within LGED.

In partnership with UNOPS, the CDP Implementation Committee set up by the LGED Chief Engineer has developed an E-Module on the Code of Conduct demonstrating LGED’s commitment to upholding the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct at all times and LGED’s drive for organizational excellence. “It is my belief that this e-module will help to ensure good governance in every level of LGED” says Shyama Prosad Adhikari, LGED Chief Engineer, and further states that “it is part of the commitment of LGED staff to the people from all levels”.

The launch of the E-Module is one step in a long process that will look at combatting corruption or malpractice. LGED and its leadership remain committed to pursuing this drive to improve transparency and accountability. As key development partners in the country, both USAID and UNOPS are committed to supporting LGED and the Government of Bangladesh in moving forward the agenda of transparency and accountability.

The E-Module is an online self-paced computer aided learning course for LGED staff to understand the values and principles of the Code of Conduct and of the National Integrity System, to know and recognize the rules that apply to Civil Servants, and be familiar with the key themes of the Code of Ethics for Public Procurement.

To complement the E-Module, LGED will circulate a compendium of related materials on the Code of Conduct as legal references. The aim is to widen the understanding of the Government’s mandate to uphold the Code of Conduct and integrity among civil servants.

The E-Module is targeted to all LGED staff in all units and projects, across various positions and levels including support staff. The 15,000 strong staff of the LGED will therefore be trained on the Code of Conduct via this novel E-Module system inclusive of video and audio material.

This is the first such online training programme launched in Bangladesh on the topic of transparency for a Government institution.It is also aligned with the 16th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), in particular SDG 16.6 which focuses on “building effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels”. The initiative also is anchored with the country’s “Digital Bangladesh Vision 2021” that emphasizes the use of information technology and innovation to communicate behaviour change.

The E-Module is being presented during its official launch on 26 September at the LGED. Participants include high-level representatives of the Government of Bangladesh, LGED, USAID and UNOPS.

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