On December 14, 2022, in Hanoi, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) of Viet Nam coordinated with the Ministry of the Interior and Security (MOIS) of the Republic of Korea to organize the “Viet Nam – Korea Cooperation Forum on Public Governance” in order to share knowledge and experience in public administration areas of mutual interest. Mr. Vu Chien Thang, Vice Minister of Home Affairs, chaired and delivered the opening speech of the Forum.
Attending the Forum, there were Mr. Lee Kyoung Dock, Ambassador of the Korean Embassy in Viet Nam; Ms. Eom Hyunsook, Director General of the Department of International Cooperation on Good Governance, Ministry of Interior and Security of Korea; Dr. Lai Duc Vuong, Vice President of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA); experts and managers from the MoHA of Viet Nam and MOIS of Korea; representatives of leaders of units under and under MoHA.
Speaking at the opening of the Forum, Vice Minister Vu Chien Thang said that recently, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President of the Republic of Korea Yoon Suk Yeol announced the upgrade of Viet Nam – Korea relations to “a comprehensive strategic partnership”. In the spirit of “looking to a better future” between the two countries, the leaders exchanged and agreed on the vision, direction and measures to promote relations and cooperation in the coming time. He believed that with the determination of the leaders and people of the two countries, the “comprehensive strategic partnership” will bring the bilateral cooperation to new heights, thereby benefiting the people of the two countries and actively contributing to regional and global peace, stability and development.
Over the past 30 years, the Viet Nam-Korea cooperation relationship has expanded in many fields and developed rapidly in depth. Korea has become the third-largest trade partner of Viet Nam and the second-largest official development assistance (ODA) contributor for Viet Nam. Along with the strong economic, cultural and social development between the two countries, the cooperation relationship between MoHA of Viet Nam and MOIS of Korea in (1) clerical and archival activities, (2) training and fostering cadres, civil servants and public employees, and (3) youth work, which has brought many valuable results.
The forum is a practical and meaningful initial step as the basis for further strengthening the close, practical and effective cooperation relationship between MoHA of Viet Nam and MOIS of Korea and elevating the relationship to one that corresponds to a new cooperation framework suitable to the actual situation of the two countries.
Speaking at the Forum, Mr. Lee Kyoung Dock thanked the active and effective cooperation of the MoHA of Viet Nam in the initiative to organize the Forum. According to him, the two ministries will share knowledge and practical experience in the areas of implementing public administration.
Through the Forum, the two ministries will continue to expand cooperation by concretizing many cooperation measures in the field of public administration, thereby strengthening the cooperation relationship between Viet Nam and Korea.
At the Forum, experts and managers from MoHA of Viet Nam and MOIS of the Republic of Korea exchanged and discussed the following contents: balanced development between regions, experiences of Sejong City; digital transformation in local administration; Korea’s experience in civil servant recruitment and talent development; capacity building for Vietnamese local civil servants; renovating the civil service culture; national archives management.
Within the framework of the working agenda, in the afternoon of the same day, Dr. Lai Duc Vuong, NAPA Vice President, chaired a meeting with Ms. Kang Jinju, representer of the Korean Local Government Officials Development Institute (LOGODI). At the meeting, Dr. Lai Duc Vuong introduced the roles, functions, tasks and development orientation of NAPA, in which cooperation activities in training, fostering and scientific research with international organizations, training institutions, academies, etc. are important to NAPA. On the basis of similarities in functions, tasks and concerns of MoHA leaders, Dr. Lai Duc Vuong proposed that NAPA and LOGODI soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the two units in improving the capacity of the training staff, developing programs and training cadres and public employees, especially training young and key officials for local authorities.