The provincial governance and public administration performance index (PAPI), the largest-ever survey of its kind in the country, was announced in Hanoi on May 3.
The PAPI survey, with the participation of 13,640 people, looks at six different dimensions of provincial governance and public administration. This includes participation at local level; transparency; vertical accountability; the control of corruption in the public sector; public administrative procedures; and public service delivery.
According to the PAPI results, central Quang Binh province, southern Ba Ria Vung Tau and Long An provinces are assessed by their citizens as three of Vietnam’s top-performing provinces in terms of governance and public administration. Southern Long An province is the only one that is systematically ranked at the top of all six governance dimensions measured in the survey. At the other end of the scale, Dien Bien (northern), Ninh Thuan (central) and Quang Ngai (central) provinces scored relatively low.
Addressing the announcement ceremony, UN resident coordinator in Vietnam Pratibha Mehta said the PAPI research will provide useful reference material for policymakers, social and mass organisations and scientific researchers.
Meanwhile, Dang Ngoc Dinh, a key member of the PAPI team and Director of the Centre for Community Support and Development Studies, said that on land issues, the PAPI survey finds that most citizens at the local level are unaware of land use plans.
Obtaining land use rights certificates remains a problematic public administrative service that systematically scores lowest among the four types of administrative procedures measured in both the 2010 and 2011 PAPI surveys, he added.
The PAPI survey was first conducted in 2009 in three cities and provinces and then expanded to 30 cities and provinces in 2010 and nationwide in 2011 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Centre for Community Support and Development Studies, Vietnam Fatherland Front and the National Assembly’s Ombudsman Committee.