Announcement of PAR Index 2014

On 04 September, in Hanoi, a workshop was organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs to announce the Public Administration Reform Index (PAR Index) in 2014. Vice Minister of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Tran Anh Tuan chaired the Workshop. The Workshop got attendance of representatives of Leaders of Ministries, representatives from Department of Organization and Personnel and official responsible for public administration in ministries and sectors; leaders of People Committees, leaders of provincial Department of Home Affairs of the Central directly controlled cities and provinces; and representatives of mass media.

Vice Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Tran Anh Tuan at his opening speech in the Workshop

According to Vice Minister Tran Anh Tuan, said in the Workshop, that was the third year to evaluate the outputs of implement public administration reform by using of the tool for assessing, measuring and ranking PAR index performed by ministries, ministerial-level agencies and provincial People Committees of Central directly controlled cities and provinces. PAR Index was kept being affirmed a new managerial tool for PAR Master Plan in the period of 2011-2020; ensuring scientifically, systemically, quantitatively and outcome-based evaluation, which mobilized the participation of organizations in state apparatus, enhanced the engagement of citizens, organizations and entrepreneurs in evaluating the implementation of public administration reforms performed by ministries, sectors and localities more realistically and objectively.

          Through the assessment, which kept relying on the combination approach between self-evaluation outcomes made by ministries and provinces and sociological survey results, the outcomes of PAR Index 2014 of ministries and ministerial – level agencies revealed the general efforts and gained results in public administration practices of ministries and ministerial-level agencies individually in 2014. The average score value of PAR Index of 19 ministries, ministerial-level agencies was 76.99%, higher than that in 2012, yet lower than the value in 2013 (dropped of 0.26%). Basing on the PAR Index outcomes value, ministries and ministerial-level agencies fell into two scoring groups, which were:

- Group of scores valued above 80% group included 5 ministries and ministerial-level agencies: Ministry of Transports; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs.

- Group of scores valued between 70% to less than 80% included 14 ministries and ministerial-level agencies: Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Ministry of Planning and Investment; Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Construction; Government’s Inspectorate; Ministry of Industry and Trade; Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; Ministry of Information and Communications; Ministry of Labours - Invalids and Social  Affairs; Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Education and Training; Ministry of Science and Technology.

In the top-rank group, the Ministry of Transport took the leading position with the highest scoring value of 81.83%. The two lowest positions were occupied by the Ministry of Education and Training (ranked at 18th over the total 19 ministries) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (19th/19), of which scores reduced by compared with those in 2013. Such ministries as the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Construction made good progress in steering, administering and reforming public administration across fields, i.e., custom, tax, business, investment, construction; therefore, remarkably raising up their positions in the ranking order.

          Regarding PAR Index outcomes of Central directly controlled cities and provinces, they all got gradual increases in their scores, and got the average values higher than those of ministries. Provincial average scoring value in PAR Index 2014 reached 81.21%, higher than that in 2013 (3.65%) and in 2012 (5.13%). Da Nang city continued being the leading city in PAR Index 2014, attaining 92.54%, even higher than the national average scoring value 11.33%, concurrently was 1.44 folds higher than Bac Kan’s score, the province ranked at the bottom among 63 central directly controlled provinces and cities.

The Workshop in overall view

            Outcomes of PAR Index 2014 of Central directly controlled cities and provinces were classified into four scoring groups:

- Group of scores valued above 90% included 3 Central directly controlled cities: Da Nang, Hai Phong and Ha Noi.

- Group of scores valued between 80% to less than 90% included 41 provinces and cities; with their positions ranging from the 3rd to 44th.

- Group of scores valued between 70% to less than 80% included 15 provinces; with their positions ranging from 45th to 59th.

- Group of scores valued below 70% included 4 provinces: Ha Nam, Dien Bien, Cao Bang and Bac Kan; with their positions ranging from 60th to 63rd.

          As emphasized by MOHA Vice Minister Tuan, the new point in this year was that the MOHA not only announced the PAR Index in ranks for ministries, sectors and provinces wholly, but also identified ranking order by public administration reform fields performed well by ministries, sectors and provinces.

          At the Workshop, representatives of several of ministries, sectors and provinces also coherently commented on the outcomes of PAR Index 2014; concurrently, shared their experiences in practices conducted by their ministry, sector and provinces in order to improve PAR Index. Some attendants suggested the MOHA, after 3 years implementing PAR Index evaluation, should organize preliminary review to evaluate strength and limitations in contents, methods and implementing arrangements; thereby, proposed appropriate adjustments so that PAR Index would become more and more objective, realistic and featured among sectors and provinces.

          In his concluding remarks in the Workshop, MOHA Vice Minister Tran Anh Tuan, on behalf of the MOHA Leaders, appreciated efforts in public administration reforms made by ministries, sectors and provinces; concurrently, he confirmed that the MOHA would receive feedbacks from representatives, continue to study and perfect the PAR Index sets of ministries and of provinces, make them truly credible assessment tool in public administration reforms in ministries, ministerial-level agencies, provincial People Committees of Central directly controlled cities and provinces more objectively, substantially and efficiently.

By Nguyen Ha, Anh Ngoc

Translated by ISF/Chr