Australia and UNDP work to boost governance and public administration in Vietnam

Monday, 2020-07-13 16:54:36
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Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie and UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen attend the signing ceremony. (Photo: UNDP)
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NDO – Australia will contribute an additional AUD$9.7 million during the 2021-2025 period toward the research programme on Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI), conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia (DFAT) and the UNDP signed a third-party cost-sharing arrangement on the contribution at a ceremony held on July 13.

On the occasion, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie affirmed the strong support of Australia for Vietnam in terms of its promoting of provincial governance and public administration, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She expressed her impression that PAPI has constantly improved in the context of how Vietnam has developed in recent years. PAPI now has more indicators to measure the performance of the government apparatus at all levels, particularly in the areas of e-government and environmental management as aligned with new requirements in Vietnam, she added.

UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen emphasised that Australia’s significant contribution is expected to promote further the efficiency of provincial governance and public administration in Vietnam.

UNDP will coordinate with partners to assist provinces and cities in Vietnam to enhance public governancetowards assisting the government in its service of the people, she noted.

Australia has been the major sponsor for PAPI since 2018. All 63 provinces and cities in Vietnam have organised annual workshops on the PAPA survey results.