Speech at the launch of the project Strengthening the Impact of Public Administration Reform in Da Nang city

13 Oct 2012

Speaker: Mr. Bakhodir Burkhanov, UNDP Deputy Country Director
Date:       31 October 2012
Event:      Launch of the project “Strengthening the Impact of Public Administration Reform in Da Nang city”

Mr. Vo Duy Khuong, Vice Chairperson of Da Nang People’s Committee;
Mr. Nguyen Duy Thang, Vice Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs;
Ladies and gentlemen:

It gives me great pleasure to be with you this morning to launch the first in a series of local Public Administration Reform projects in Viet Nam.

Public administration is an important platform through which the relationship among the state, civil society and the private sector is realised. A more efficient, responsive, transparent and accountable public administration produces better quality services to citizens. It is also a fact that a better serviced population will be able to achieve higher levels of development - hence the reform of public administration is an important means towards equitable growth and better living standards. 

UNDP has supported the Government of Viet Nam in enhancing its capacity to manage public administration reform since the early 1990s.  As part of this collaboration, several breakthrough PAR initiatives such as the introduction of one stop-shop mechanisms were piloted and subsequently replicated nation-wide.

The new four-year public administration programme of UNDP has been developed in close cooperation with the Ministry of Home Affairs and selected localities. It builds on UNDP support that is already underway, and it is firmly anchored in the priorities of the new PAR Master Program 2011-2020. Those essential priorities are human resources reform and enhanced quality of public services. In selecting localities for implementing the programme at sub-national level we considered political commitment of provinces to this reform agenda, their innovative approaches to improving administrative service delivery and human resources procedures, and their readiness to share lessons with other localities and influence national policies. 

Given its promising work on both human resources reform and improvement of administrative services, Da Nang city has been a prime candidate for receiving UNDP support alongside three other localities. The project we are launching today, called “Strengthening the impact of Public Administration Reform in Da Nang city”, will support the improvement of the quality and performance of civil servants and public employees. It will also help further develop public administrative services through the enhancement of the OSS/IAOSS mechanism. We are confident that innovative work of Da Nang city in improving human resources and administrative procedures will spearhead country-wide efforts to elevate the performance of public administration.

We are very pleased to see the continued involvement and leadership of the Ministry of Home Affairs in this new initiative. The Ministry will host a separate project component at the central level to coordinate knowledge-sharing amongst the four provinces, and to facilitate policy dialogue to take this important agenda to the next level.

In conclusion, I would like to thank Da Nang People’s Committee, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the project teams in Da Nang’s Department of Home Affairs and the UNDP PAR MOHA project for their efforts in preparing today’s event. We hope that today marks the beginning of a new chapter in public administration reform in Viet Nam through active engagement and bottom-up solutions coming from the local level. We look forward to working closely with all stakeholders and are committed to supporting these important efforts for the benefit of the people across Viet Nam.

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