Administering timely reforms to continue

August 06, 2011 | 14:33
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The new government for 2011-2016 will continue to make administrative reforms a key task. The newly-elected Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc tells VIR why.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Why will administrative reforms continue to be the core for institutional breakthroughs by the new government alongside formulating an equitable and transparent business climate?

Administrative reforms further being tagged by the new government as a central task stemmed from the country’s socio-economic development practices.

Reality shows that institutional reforms have become increasingly important when countries around the world have used such reforms as an effective vehicle to weather through crisis and turn challenges into fresh opportunities.

Reform measures like lessening administrative burdens or enhancing legal system transparency have brought direct benefits to local people and the business community.

Valuable experiences we procured via implementing the administrative procedure reform project in diverse state management fields from 2007-2010 (Project 30) are living proof for this.

Thousands of administrative procedures were simplified. However, dealing with administrative procedures still remains a burden to businesses and people. What should the new government do to produce more radical changes?

It is impossible for us to become satisfied with Project 30’s initial outcomes. We must scale up efforts. Administrative procedure reforms must gear towards serving people, the business cycle to spur the country’s socio-economic development.

Reality shows that the focus of administrative reforms is administrative procedures, the focus of administrative procedures is human and the core of human is their ethics and qualification. Administrative reforms are good, but the problems persist with human issues, or the work ethics.

Reforms of administrative procedures demand high professional and ethical standards from civil servants.

What must we do to create a smart business culture in administrative apparatus at various levels?

A slew of synchronous measures involve diverse areas such as education, finance, policies and mechanisms will be taken to constitute a smart business culture at the workplace.

The human factor holds prime importance. We must have in place well-trained human resources which are qualified, while having ethical virtues to effectively handle their assigned duties.

By Anh Minh

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