On April 25, 2019, at its Campus in Hanoi, NAPA organized the meeting to review the one-year implementation of the Decision 05/2018/QD-TTg dated January 23, 2018 by the Prime Minister on functions, tasks, power, structure of the National Academy of Public Administration (Decision 05). Politburo member, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, Minister of Home Affairs chaired the meeting.
Attending the Review meeting were the leaders of ministries and central agencies, including Deputy Minister of Finance Vu Thi Mai; Deputy Chairman of the Office of Government Nguyen Duy Hung, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Trieu Van Cuong; Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Assistant Nguyen Duc Binh; Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment Director Pham Hoang Mai (Ministry of Planning and Investment); Personnel and Organization Deputy Director Tran Van Thinh (Ministry of Education and Training); Social Humanities and Natural Sciences Deputy Director Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha (Ministry of Science and Technology); representatives of departments of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
From the National Academy of Public Administration were Dr. Dang Xuan Hoan, NAPA President; Dr. Vu Thanh Xuan, NAPA Vice President; Assoc.Prof.Dr. Luong Thanh Cuong, NAPA Vice President, Dr. Nguyen Dang Que, NAPA Vice President, heads of NAPA departments and units.
In the report of the one-year implementation of Decision 05, Dr. Dang Xuan Hoan highlighted the special significance of the Decision which is a milestone in the Academy’s 60-year history and identifies key tasks for NAPA in the coming time, focusing on training government officials; graduate training to provide quality human resources for the political system, public sector and society as whole; research on administrative science and policy. NAPA affirms its position and role as a special public service unit of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Decision 05 by the Prime Minister provides NAPA a great opportunity to strengthen its organizational structure and personnel in the new situation.
At present, NAPA consists of 17 departments and units. In 2018, NAPA provided short-training courses for nearly 22,000 government officials which increased 1.6 times compared to 2017. NAPA has a doctoral training program, 05 master training programs. Its research activities have contributed to NAPA’s training and consultancy on public management and administrative reform. NAPA has extended its international cooperation and organized numerous international conferences and workshops, attracting many prestigious scholars from different countries. NAPA successfully held promotion examinations to principal specialists, senior specialists, which gained high appreciation of the Ministry of Home Affairs and other ministries, localities.
NAPA President made proposals to the Prime Minister on the following issues: (1) NAPA should be assigned the task of accrediting the quality of civil service entrants; (2) Based on the Prime Minister’s instruction, relevant Ministries and agencies should support NAPA for construction investment of facilities of NAPA Campuses in Hanoi and in Ho Chi Minh City; (3) NAPA should be involved in training on public management in the training courses for government officials in the succession to senior positions of the political system; (4) The Prime Minister should assign NAPA to assume the prime responsibility for review, development, and issuance of the training curricula and materials cadres, civil servants, and public employees according to the criteria of ranks and job titles; (5) The Prime Minister should direct the Ministry of Science and Technology to allocate NAPA a state-level research program.
NAPA also gave proposals to the Minister of Home Affairs: (1) Piloting NAPA’s autonomy in organization and personnel, providing a basis for financial autonomy; (2) Approval of NAPA’s Development Strategy, Project for decentralization and authorization for NAPA in training, human resource management, finance, international cooperation, and research; (3) Piloting secondment of NAPA’s faculties to ministries, agencies, and localities to allow them to expose to the practice of public management and improve their teaching quality.
Minister of Home Affairs and representatives from other ministries highly appreciated NAPA’s achievements over the last year, provided contributions to NAPA’s proposals, and affirmed support for NAPA as a special public service unit, a national center for public official training.
Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh highly appreciated MOHA’s directions, NAPA’s achievements in the implementation of Decision 05. He emphasized that public administration reforms (PAR) are undergoing at all levels, in all public organizations, in localities nationwide and NAPA is playing a critical role in this course. Therefore, NAPA should assume partly responsibility of building a contingent of public officials who hold integrity and facilitate development in serving the people and businesses through its training and research on public management and public policy. For the purpose of implementation of the assigned tasks and development of NAPA as a special public service unit, the Permanent Deputy Prime Minister required NAPA to focus on the key following issues:
First, continuation in implementation of Decision 05; making a proposal for NAPA’s development strategy, emphasizing the task of public official training; high quality human resource training in public administration, public policy, public governance; research on administrative sciences, public policy. NAPA must develop a 10-year vision, 20-year vision, and a vision for further. It should be a regional training center for leadership and management in the South-East Asia and Pacific-Asia. It should be competent to assume the crucial tasks in training public officials and affirm its not-to-be-replaced involvement in training senior, strategic officials.
Second, the principle of learner-centered training and training quality must be of most significance. Every innovation effort should focus on training quality. The training process at NAPA must be competency development of public officials to provide more knowledgeable, skilled, motivated people. NAPA faculties should be profound trainers of theoretical and practice expertise.
Third, it is necessary for NAPA to renovate its training curricula, courseware, and materials which must be linked to practical needs and requirements, reduce the gaps in knowledge and skills of public officials, and at the same time provide foundation for future work. NAPA should make a proposal for high-quality training, elite training on public management, public policy for strategic officials at all levels.
Fourth, NAPA should improve research quality, independence and creativity in research activities, produce research works of practical values. Scientific products must create new knowledge to effectively serve the training of pioneering leaders and managers, strategic managers with global vision and openness, capable to assume missions of the country.
Fifth, innovating teaching and learning methods at NAPA; diversifying and modernizing the training of public officials which requires good facilities and infrastructure. For this purpose, NAPA should develop an investment proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning and Investment.
Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh expressed his strong belief that continuing the rich tradition of leading research and training, NAPA will successfully assume the tasked given by the Government and affirm its role as a national training center for public officials.
Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh visited the One Stop Service for graduate training, e-learning room, training course on leadership at department level and talked with NAPA staff and students./.
Some photos of the Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh at NAPA: