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Administrative procedures need to be improved to boost efficiency

Update: February, 02/2012 - 10:09

Administrative procedures should be re-evaluated, says Ngo Hai Phan, head of the Government Office's Administration Procedures Control Department, in an interview with the Dau Tu (Investment) newspaper.

What are the likely benefits of a regulatory impact assessment?

The assessment of administrative procedures will enhance their quality, help discover problems in a timely manner and ensure that only those procedures that are really necessary, reasonable, legal and cost effective are retained, as the Prime Minister has directed. Overall, it will enhance the administrative reform process.

Is the regulatory impact assessment a new requirement?

Yes. And it applies to all legal normative documents issued by ministries, departments and localities.

However, this work has not been performed very well so far. Furthermore, because of a lack of comprehensive understanding about this activity, many people think it adds much more work for agencies that draft documents.

But I think administrative procedures affect millions of people, so it is worthwhile that concerned agencies spend an additional ten hours, for instance, on drafting documents that can help save thousands of hours for residents and businesses.

Agencies that draft legal normative documents relating to administrative procedures will have to answer all 50 questions under the four criteria of necessity, logic, legal status and effectiveness before they consult administration control agencies.

So, it would take more time to issue a legal normative document that meets these criteria, and prevent procedures being based on subjective experiences and opinions of officials.

It's important to note that this work will not be effective unless officials are fully responsible and have a strong sense of justice. In addition, it is the quality of legal normative documents, not the process of issuing documents that counts.

Will it be possible, by carrying out the regulatory impact assessment, to cut all unnecessary administrative procedures?

We can prevent agencies from issuing unnecessary administrative procedures, but cannot stop them all immediately because this work requires the co-ordination of many agencies responsible, including ministries, departments and localities.

Recently, we have helped ministries, departments and localities to discover many draft administration procedures that do not meet the criteria set by the regulatory impact assessment.

In addition to simplifying 3,300 out of 4,751 administrative procedures as requested by the Government in 2011, what will be done in the future?

As I said earlier, it is not only about simplifying administrative procedures but also about enhancing their quality.

The important tasks that need to be carried out in 2012 and in the years to come are to continue to cut and reduce unnecessary administrative procedures; try to increase transparency and disseminate all information among the public and businesses. This will contribute to the country's socio-economic development and enhance the competitiveness of the national economy. — VNS

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