HCM City, UNDP boost cooperation

NDO/VNA - Ho Chi Minh City wants to receive support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through programmes on public administrative reform, climate change adaption, flood prevention and start-up development. Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan delivered the statement at a reception held for Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam, on August 29. He expressed his hope that the UN will continue to implement programmes in support of Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City, in addressing challenges in development, such as effectively allocating the state budget for localities that have gaps in their productivity and administrative reform. Nhan suggested that the UNDP supports the city in building criteria to evaluate the citizen’s satisfaction with public services and their overall happiness, as well as to connect HCM city with other sustainable cities in order to share their experience in urban development. For his part, Malhotra said that the UNDP wanted to build cooperative programmes with the city, focusing on creative development so as to enhance the city’s competitiveness and natural disaster management. He also pledged to do his utmost to share international experience with the city in terms of boosting start-ups and climate change adaption. ... [read more]

Carrying out the “Year of Business” and the “Year of Administrative Order and Discipline” in 2017, Thua Thien Hue province has adopted many solutions and activities to accelerate administrative procedure reform, raise the spirit and sense of responsibility of civil servants, invest in essential infrastructure and remove difficulties for enterprises, among other things, in a bid to better mobilise investment resources in infrastructure for production, economic development, environmental protection and social security guarantee. The Vietnam Business Forum Magazine has an interview with Nguyen Van Cao, Chairman of the Thua Thien Hue Provincial People’s Committee, on this issue. Ngo Khuyen reports. While speeding up the enforcement of Resolution 35/NQ-CP dated May 16, 2016, of the Government on business support and development to 2020, Thua Thien Hue province also defined and carried out activities in the “Year of Business” in 2016. How has this motivated business environment improvement and business development? To carry out the Year of Business in 2016, the province promoted receipt and processing of information through hotline channels, electronic information portals, direct exchanges (twice a month) and regular meetings. Thua Thien Hue also promulgated regulations on coordination of inspection of enterprises after they register establishment (overlapping inspection is avoided) and mobilised eligible individual business households to upgrade into corporate entities. The province also executed many solutions to remove difficulties, accelerate site clearance, deploy bank - business connection programme. New reforms in investment attraction and positive changes in morale and attitudes of civil…... [read more]

Since 2014, the locality has implemented 16 ODA projects worth over VND3 trillion (US$138 million), about 60.6 percent of which has been disbursed. A technical assistance project to improve the planning of Hue city through 2030 funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is currently a provincial highlight. The municipal authorities also have approved a number of projects related to medical service improvement, disaster adaptation and sustainable tourism development, which received financial aid from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Asia Development Bank (ADB), the Italian Government, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the International Labour Organisation and KOICA. Japan is one of the locality’s largest ODA providers, focusing on water supply, electricity, transport, irrigation and forestation. Meanwhile, the country’s non-refundable capital to the province is concentrated mainly on improving healthcare service and management capacity of authorities in areas suffering from disasters. ThuaThien-Hue is also one of the localities benefitting from a JICA-funded project to enhance the capacity of ODA management. JICA additionally offered scholarships to local leaders and officials from departments and sectors to study in Japan. ODA projects are performed in line with current regulations on investment and construction management, significantly contributing to promoting the locality’s economic growth and social development. Moving forward, Thua Thien-Hue will give priority to calling for ODA sources in urban development; expanding transport and communication networks; preserving cultural values; managing urban environments and conserving the natural environment; and implementing projects concerning climate change adaptation, public administration reform, human resource development and…... [read more]

This move is expected to reduce entry clearance time for passengers and prevent congestion and delays at airports. Colonel Le Thanh Dung, Vice Head of the Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security, said that the ministry’s proposal for abolition of immigration declaration forms has been approved by the Prime Minister. Mr Dung said that this effort shows the Vietnamese Government’s determination to push through public administration reform. His ministry is also working to abolish the same immigration procedures at border gates and ports. He added that all this will help attract more visitors to Vietnam. Meanwhile, Vietnam Customs has also stepped up the application of information technology in immigration by using state-of-the-art equipment such as passport readers.... [read more]

The seminar was co-organized by the Interior Ministry and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Over the past 10 years, administrative reforms have been carried out comprehensively by improving regulations, reforming administrative mechanisms, training civil servants, and also making public administrative reforms. Dinh Duy Hoa, head of the Administrative Reform Department under the Interior Ministry said that despite improvements in administrative management, there remain shortcomings in terms of the qualifications and calibre of civil servants. The Prime Minister recently asked the Interior Ministry to collect opinions from the relevant agencies to review the programme on state reforms over the 2001-2010 period.... [read more]

Many documents have been promulgated but they are not high quality and have failed to consistently demonstrate the spirit of administrative reform, said participants at a conference held by the National Academy of Public Administration on June 28. The conference entitled ‘Vietnam’s state public administration in the eyes of scientists’ also pointed out that public affairs institutions do not clearly and transparently define the responsibilities of State administrative agencies and civil servants. “Vietnam still lacks mechanisms for supervising the quality and efficiency of public administration reform, even after 10 years of implementing the overall programme on this,” said Dr Nguyen Dang Thanh, Director of the National Academy of Public Administration. Participants in the conference reviewed the reform programme over the past 10 years, assessing both its successes and failures, and analysing its barriers and scientific grounds for the programme. Despite certain shortcomings, the scientists agreed that the programme has helped improve some aspects of the country’s public administration, from work conditions and facilities to apparatus and personnel.... [read more]

The insignia aims to honour the significant contributions of Mr. Valenghi in humanitarian and developmental activities in Vietnam, said Don Tuan Phong, Director of the VUFO’s People’s Aid Co-ordinating Committee (PACCOM) in Vietnam. Projects deployed by Mr. Valenghi and his staff have helped increase the capacity and operational efficiency in agencies, Phong noted. In the last five years, Valenghi has made great contributions to assisting Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, Departments of External Affairs, Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Departments of Home Affairs and provincial People’s Committees over the country, in such fields as agriculture, rural development and public administration reform.... [read more]

The annual forum, jointly organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), creates a high-level dialogue mechanism between the Vietnamese Government and international development partners, to discuss information, policies, ideas and experiences in administrative reform. This year’s forum was focused on improving public service supply and quality in the medical sector and public education. UNDP Country Director in Vietnam Setsuko Yamazaki said that quality public service will help develop human capacity, and raising officials’ responsibility will improve service quality of a nation’s administrative system. UNDP Policy Advisor on Public Administration Reform and Anti-corruption Jairo Acuna-Alfaro said it is necessary to enhance self-reliance in management and finance by speeding up decentralisation in State management to increase service quality.... [read more]

The Administrative Procedure Control Agency (APCA) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) jointly held a workshop in Hanoi on March 28 to discuss a draft questionnaire for 24 key groups of public administrative procedures in need of drastic reforms as stated in the Prime Minister’s Decision 263/QD-TTg. The questionnaire will assess public service quality and attitude of public servants in 13 criteria on a four-grade satisfaction scale. According to the APCA, outcomes from surveys of people and businesses will serve as reference for the advisory panel on administrative procedures reform to advise the Prime Minister on key tasks in the following years, as well as initiatives to further the reform. At the workshop, participants agreed that the new form of survey will help ensure a more objective assessment of administrative procedures reforms. They, however, noted that the draft questionnaire is still too long and goes into too much detail, which may cause difficulties for implementation.... [read more]

, the UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam told reporters on April 12 that2015 PAPI Report will help new leaders at all levels understand the efficiency of governance and public administration reforms in Vietnam in the past 5 years. It will also set out future goals. “Nationally, PAPI is used to collect citizens' feedback and encourage public accountability by providing information at the state level to the government and national assembly system. In addition to local level findings, the 2015 PAPI report also looks at provincial performance in each of the 6 dimensions. The efforts made by local governments in Nam Dinh, Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, Da Nang and Long An deserves very special mention. These 5 provinces have been in the top performing group overall for the last 5 years”. Approximately 30 cities and provinces across Vietnam are using PAPI to monitor their performance in governance and public administration. Authorities in 26 cities and provinces have issued resolutions, instructions, and action plans to improve their performance. Swiss Ambassador to Vietnam Maser Mallor promised Switzerland’s support for Vietnam said, “2016 marks 30 years of Doi Moi – the reform process which has made Vietnam a remarkable developmental success story. Supporting the government and public administration has been a priority of Switzerland’s collaboration with Vietnam over the past two decades. We further believe that this initiative has contributed and should continue to contribute to Vietnam’s government reforms which are the momentum for the country’s development towards prosperity, creativity, equity and democracy." PAPI…... [read more]