Interview with Mr. Simon Chabot: シモン・シャボウト氏のインタビュー
Interview Series #20 (@Quebec City): インタビュー＃２０
Mr. Simon Chabot
Interviewee: Mr. Simon Chabot, Manager, Centre de valorization internationale de l’expertise publique quebecoise (Center for International Promotion of Quebec Public Expertise), Quebec （Date: January 22, 2008; Place: Restaurant La Vie, Yamanoue Hotel, Kanda, Tokyo; Interviewer/Writer: Takahiro Miyao）
I met and interviewed Mr. Simon Chabot, who was a manager of the Center for International Promotion of Quebec Public Expertise, accompanying Ms. Christine Lavoie-Gagnon of CLAGA as an interpreter, at a nice restaurant in Tokyo. It was a fruitful interview to find out about his current mission in Japan as well as the objectives of his center, which is a result of the partnership among ENAP (The Public Administration University), the Ministry of International Relation and the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Exports in Quebec.
Summary of Mr. Chabot’s Interview
I am visiting Japan for the first time as a manager of CVI (Centre de valorization internationale de l’expertise publique quebecoise), whose mission is to export Quebec government knowhow to other countries. Here in Tokyo I am contacting such universities as the United Nations University and Meiji University, and some public organizations for information exchange and sharing this time. After learning about each other’s issues and problems in the public sector, we will work out some effective measures to be implemented by applying our knowhow in Quebec.
There seem to be many areas for cooperation between us for the purpose of providing public services more effectively and efficiently. For example, IT (information technology) has been applied extensively in the Quebec government, and the results so far have been quite encouraging (in this regard, we should acknowledge Mr. Francoise Cote’s efforts and contributions at the Quebec government). So we wish to share our knowhow in this area with Japan’s central and local governments.
Another area is how to train public sector personnel and utilize them in the government sector effectively. A key point is to provide stimulating opportunities and challenges for public sector personnel in order for the public sector to compete with the private sector, which can generally offer a better pay. For that purpose, we would like to have more international cooperation and exchange so that students and personnel in the pubic sector field can look forward to international experiences as their future challenges. This is one of the reasons why we are contacting Japanese universities to promote cooperation and exchange with CVI and ENAP. In fact, ENAP could be a good model for Japan to establish a public administration university in the future.