On June 20, 2022, at the NAPA Headquarter in Hanoi, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Service (INSP) of the French Republic and the French Embassy in Viet Nam, held the opening ceremony of the international training course “Decentralization, de-concentration, and modernization of the public service”. The training course was conducted in the hybrid form with face-to-face participation in Ha Noi and NAPA Branch Campuses in Ho Chi Minh City, Hue City, and Tay Nguyen and virtual attendance in INSP, France.
Attending the opening ceremony of the course were Mr. Béla Hégédus, Head of Justice and Law Administration Division, French Embassy in Viet Nam; Mr. Alexandre Tran, senior project manager and international partner in Asia and the America regions, INSP, France.
On the side of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) were Mr. Lai Duc Vuong, Director of the Department of Training for Cadres, Civil servants, and public employees; Mr. Chu Tuan Tu, Director of the International Cooperation Department. On the side of NAPA were Dr. Nguyen Dang Que, NAPA Executive Vice President; leaders and officials from the International Cooperation Department and other NAPA departments and faculties, and participants of the training course.
Speaking at the opening of the course, Dr. Nguyen Dang Que, NAPA Executive Vice President, warmly welcomed international experts, representatives of leaders of MoHA and MoHA units, delegates, and participants attending the opening ceremony of the training course “Decentralization, de-concentration, and modernization of the public service”. The training course is co-organized by NAPA and INSP, with sponsorship from the French Embassy in Viet Nam.
Dr. Nguyen Dang Que believed that decentralization, de-concentration, and modernization of the public service are inevitable trends in state governance in the world and in Viet Nam. In order to reinforce these trends, on January 9, 2022, the Government issued Resolution 04/NQ-CP on promoting decentralization and transfer of power in state management to promote and perfect the mechanism of decentralization and de-concentration and clearly delineate tasks and powers, authority and responsibility between the Government and the ministries and branches, and between the Government, ministries, branches, and local authorities.
Responding to the urgent requirements for the promotion of decentralization, de-concentration, and modernization of the public service and implementation of the MoHA direction, NAPA, with the sponsorship of the French Embassy in Viet Nam, has collaborated with the INSP to organize a training course on “Decentralization, de-concentration and modernization of the public service”. The training course took place from June 20 to June 24, 2022, equipping participants with (1) basic knowledge and skills on decentralization, de-concentration, and modernization of the public service, and (2) experiences of the French Republic in implementing decentralization and de-concentration, improving the relationship between the central and local levels, and building a state for the citizens. Participants can compare and contrast such practices with the Vietnamese reality, apply these contents in practice, and improve the quality of leadership, management and consultancy at their agencies and localities.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Béla Hégédus, Head of Justice and Law Administration Division, the French Embassy in Viet Nam, said that this training course is within the framework of cooperation between MoHA of Viet Nam and the Ministry of Public Transformation and Service of the French Republic. The training course on decentralization, de-concentration and modernization of the public service was proposed by the Vietnamese side, developed by the INSP, and taught by French experts. He expressed his gratitude for the cooperation of NAPA and the time and dedication of training experts and participants to the course.
At the opening ceremony, Mr. Alexandre Tran, senior project manager and international partner in Asia and the America regions, INSP, expressed his appreciation for the cooperation with NAPA in this training course. This program focuses on decentralization, de-concentration, and modernization of the public service and is delivered by senior experts holding key positions in ministries, branches, and local administrative units of the French Republic. This is also an opportunity for participants to gain both theoretical and practical insights from French experts. Mr. Alexandre Tran hoped that after this course, the participants would acquire new knowledge and put it into practice in their localities.
After the opening ceremony, the participants listened to the lectures delivered by Mr. Nicolas Tenzer, Chairman of the Center for Studies and Research on Political Decision. The lecture was on decentralization and de-concentration in France, including the following topics: major challenges in the French territorial planning, decentralization and de-concentration policies of France, local institutional organization, and the relationship between the locality and the state.