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Japanese expertise to accelerate e-government



Japan and Vietnam are fostering bigger cooperation in building up an efficient e-government in the Southeast Asian nation, 

with the former expected to share its experiences and know-how with the latter as it realises its national strategy on Industry 4.0.

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The two nations last week held its first-ever online seminar on sharing experience and new policies of Japan to promote e-government, with the Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio stating that Japan is looking to launch programmes in cooperation with Vietnam on the issue, with e-government becoming a common tool for the Japanese to conduct its macro-monitoring in favour of both businesses and individuals.

In Japan, a digital agency will be launched in September 2021 to reform inclusivity, remove most administrative management, and unify IT policymaking. In the opinion of Naohico Okuda, director of the Administrative Information System Planning Division under the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ Administrative Management Bureau, Japan’s new digital agency will look to consolidate procurement of government systems. The goal is to enable seamless sharing of information not only among different parts of the central government, but also with municipalities and administrative bodies.

The benefits would include improved analysis of big data, which can help determine the effectiveness of particular policies. Broader use of the system would let the government provide services more quickly, with cost savings. Measures will also be laid out to boost telemedicine and remote education, which are overseen by the health and education ministries, respectively.

Developing e-government and strong digital transformation in Vietnam will require the support of Japan, according to Mai Tien Dung, Minister and Chairman of the Government Office.

In the 2021-2025 period, Vietnam is expected to use cutting-edge technologies to further e-government aims in this country. For example, reforming infrastructure, applying cloud computing, upgrading cybersecurity, and building a digital ecosystem will be carried out based on AI and big data.

“We are looking forward to receiving more support from the Japanese government and businesses to accelerate digital transformation in the government,” Dung said. “In 2021 and beyond, e-government is a global trend and a promising area for economic development and the foundation for the international integration of Vietnam.”

“The e-government will attach IT applications with administrative reform to improve transparency, and change the way of serving and considering people and businesses at the centre,” he added.

In talks with Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide in his first overseas visit to Vietnam last October, Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc proposed to boost cooperation in a variety of areas, including e-government.

A year ago, the two countries signed and exchanged ¥500 million ($4.9 million) in non-refundable aid, which was expensed for IT equipment and building a national reporting database in Vietnam.

“Through aid and cooperation programmes, the Japanese government would like to support and contribute to the reform process of Vietnam in the time to come,” said Ambassador Takio.

In fact, developing an e-government has already saved massive amounts of money for Vietnam. The National E-document Exchange Platform, launched in March 2019, has connected all ministries, agencies, and localities, transferred 3.8 million of documents, and served over 21,400 departments at all levels – and is saving VND1.2 trillion ($52.2 million) every year.

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s e-cabinet has run for 26 governmental regular meetings, taken 624 votes, replaced 238,000 documents, and saved VND169 billion ($7.35 million) per year. A National Reporting System is saving VND460 billion ($20 million), and the National Public Service Portal, which has supported over 2,700 services and handled 763,000 online documents, saves more than VND8 trillion ($347.8 million) per year. All the money is saved thanks to reductions in physical contact, travelling, and paperwork.

Over recent years, the performance of Vietnam’s e-government has been improving significantly, moving to 86th out of 193 countries and territories, 13 steps better than in 2014, according to the United Nations. The business environment ranking has improved 20 places to 70th out of 190, and ranks fifth in terms of ASEAN member states. VIR

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Minister of Home Affairs: successor will do better than me



“If you ask if I feel satisfied about what I did in my term, I would say ‘no’. I regret that I could not do more,” said Minister of Home Affairs Le Vinh Tan.

Minister of Home Affairs: successor will do better than me

Minister of Home Affairs Le Vinh Tan: “Successor will do better than me”

2020 was the last year of your term of office. What will you, as the ‘home affairs commander’, say about the tasks of the last five years?

In the last five years, the home affairs sector continued implementing the tasks carried forward from the previous term and the resolution of the 12th Party Congress. I think there were five hallmarks.

First, institutional building. The home affairs sector advised the government to ask the National Assembly to amend four important laws, including the Law on amending and supplementing a number of articles in the Law on Cadres and Civil Servants and the Law on Public Employees; the Law on amending and supplementing a number of articles in the Law on Organization of the Government and Law on Organization of Local Governments; the Law on Belief and Religion; and the Law on Youth (amended).

The Ministry of Home Affairs has also compiled procedures for the Law on Emulation and Commendation (amended), and completed procedures to submit to the government the draft law on grassroots democracy to be submitted to the National Assembly in the time to come.

Second, reorganizing and rearranging the apparatus of administrative agencies. This has long been a matter of concern, but the latest rearrangement is more effective.

Third, administration reform, which has been carried out comprehensively in six fields – institutions; administrative procedures; apparatus organization; civil servant and public employment qualification improvement; and public finance and e-government.

Fourth, promoting decentralization.

Fifth, organizing inspection and supervision.

Do you feel satisfied about what the home affairs sector has gained in the last tenure?

I would never feel satisfied about the achievements. I regret that I could not do many things.

I believe that my successor will do better and will have more initiatives to deal with the existing problems that I still cannot do.

Could you tell us about what you could not do in the last five years?

These are issues listed in the next five-year development period plan, including tasks to be implemented in 2021.

We need to implement a new salary regime. This is my biggest concern. We carried out salary reform for many years, but we still could not build a new policy and wage mechanism which creates motivation for cadres, civil servants and public employees.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, wage reform won’t be implemented until July 2022. I hope that social and economic conditions will be better in the next years to create favorable conditions for the new wage regime.

If we cannot implement wage reform, we won’t be able to create motivation for civil servants, and it will be difficult to implement staff streamlining.

My second wish is to build a state administrative apparatus which is really clean and strong, and only performs the function of management.

Such a streamlined apparatus can be formed only when promoting decentralization.

“If you ask if I feel satisfied about what I did in my term, I would say ‘no’. I regret that I could not do more,”

Minister of Home Affairs Le Vinh Tan

We have made great efforts to do this recently. The Ministry of Home Affairs advised the Government to promulgate Resolution 99 on decentralization.

Renovating and perfecting the political system apparatus to make it streamlined and effectively operational is one of the key tasks mentioned in the 13th Party Congress. What do you think your successor needs to do to implement the task?

I think the Ministry of Home Affairs needs to continue to advise the Government, National Assembly and National Assembly’s Standing Committee to continue promulgating policies related to apparatus reorganization. This work was implemented in the last two years.

Besides, it is necessary to implement resolutions and plans set by the Government, and deploy and review master plans on administrative reform, including administrative apparatus reform.

It is necessary to do more drastically in rearranging the apparatus by allocating organizations in the society to do the things which the state doesn’t necessarily do. Central agencies need to focus on four things – development strategies, institutional regime, implementation of the strategy, and supervision. They should not undertake work that other public non-business units and other economic sectors can do.

This work needs to be associated with a strong decentralization process. I believe that it is necessary to give more autonomy to public non-business units. Only by doing this will we be able to reduce the number of employees receiving salaries from the state budget and implement the new wage policy. 

Minister Le Vinh Tan was born in 1958 in Dong Thap. He is an agricultural engineer.

He was a member of the Central Party Committee of the 11th and 12th tenures, the 14th National Assembly Deputy.

Before taking office as Minister of Home Affairs in April 2016, he was deputy head of the Central Economics Committee for one year. Prior to that, he was Secretary of the Dong Thap Party Committee and Chair of Dong Thap People’s Council for three years.

Thu Hang – Tran Thuong


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Government issues resolution on COVID-19 vaccine purchase, use



The Government on February 26 issued Resolution No 21/NQ-CP regarding COVID-19 vaccine purchase and use.

Under the resolution, the Ministry of Health is assigned to coordinate with relevant ministries, agencies, and localities in purchasing, importing, managing, and using COVID-19 vaccines as well as receiving aid in this regard, with about 150 million doses expected this year.

The resolution states that those who work on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight will receive priority in vaccination and free vaccines in the vaccination programme.

Centrally-run cities and provinces where COVID-19 infections have been reported and pandemic-hit areas in those cities and provinces will receive vaccines first.

Local budget funds will be used to ensure the vaccination of local residents and others under local management. The central budget will be used to guarantee injections for people under the management of centrally-run agencies and to support localities.

Apart from the State budget, the funding for vaccine purchase will also be sourced from aid from domestic and foreign organisations and other legal sources, along with voluntarily funding from organisations and individuals.

The resolution took effect on the date of issuance./.VNA


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Government strives to ensure no overdue documents from 2016-2021 tenure



Ministries and agencies should speed up the implementation of tasks regarding legal documents assigned by the Government and PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, so that there will be no overdue documents during the 2016-2021 tenure, 

Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung said at a meeting on February 26.

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Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung speaks at the meeting on February 26 (Photo: VNA)

Dung, who is also head of a working group set up by the PM for the work, presided over the meeting with ministries and agencies on the building and issuance of documents that give detailed guidance on laws and ordinances, and the progress of projects in the working programme of the Government and the PM in the first quarter of this year.

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The meeting in Hanoi on February 26 (Photo: VNA)

He suggested that agencies in charge of compiling decrees coordinate with the Government Office to collect feedback from Cabinet members and relevant ministries and agencies, and report to the PM as soon as possible.

Regarding the working programme of the Government and the PM, the Government Office reported that 89 projects were to be submitted in the first quarter.

As of February 25, ministries and agencies had submitted 21. Of the remainder, there are 57 projects still within deadlines and 11 overdue projects, making up 12.3 percent. The overdue projects are part of the 2020 work and transferred to January 2021./.


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