Making Public Administration Reform More Effective International Conference hears comments on the review of the first phaseof public administration reform (2001 - 2005)

Nov 29, 2005

HA NOI -- As Viet Nam enters the second phase (2006 - 2010) of its Master Programme on Public Administration Reform (PAR) in the 2001 - 2010 period, it is essential to review and evaluate the implementation of the first phase (2001 - 2005).

An international conference, organized jointly by the Government PAR Steering Committee, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other concerned stakeholders, was held today to listen to the comments of international authorities on the review of the first phase as well as to identify direction and focus for the second phase to make it more effective. The Conference was attended by Former Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Nguyen Khanh and opened by Mr. Do Quang Trung, Minister of Home Affairs and Vice Chairman of the PAR Steering Committee.

The Vietnamese Government is committed to creating a public administrative system appropriate for the country’s transition process, as well as to build the rule of law and a service-oriented public administration.

“PAR has contributed to the country's socio-economic development achievement,” said Mr. Do Quang Trung. “However, there are still many constraints in the public administration system that, without resolution, will impede the development process. It is an opportune time to review and evaluate PAR implementation over the past five years. We hope this conference will find solutions useful for Viet Nam to further promote PAR implementation over the next five years.”

Speed and efficiency of the reforms, especially of the decentralization process, are currently issues of concern for PAR in Viet Nam. Viet Nam’s public administration is still influenced by the old “begging and giving” mechanism, impeding the economic reforms. Meanwhile, the relatively slow progress to bring more power and decision-making to the local levels is now cause for concern to the general public.

“Viet Nam has made significant progress reforming its institutional structures,” said UNDP Resident Representative, Mr Jordan Ryan in his opening remarks. “The real challenge is to overcome the remaining red-tape and corruption; lack of quality services, transparency and democracy; and the deterioration of service ethics. Accelerating the pace and deepening the quality of the reforms are essential.”

During the conference, international experts joined the donor and government community to share their successful experiences.

The conference focussed its discussions on how to improve the implementation and efficiency of PAR over the next five years, specifically, how to promote service efficiency and quality of public service delivery, speed up decentralization, and manage the reform process.

Contact informationMr. Nguyen Tien Dung, UNDP Governance Unit,
(84-4) 942-1495 ext. 248
Ms. Nguyen Viet Lan, UNDP Media and Publications Unit
(84-4) 942-1495 ext.186