Administrative reform was a critical step in developing a national data base on population management, Deputy Minister of Justice Le Hong Son told the newspaper Dat Viet (Viet Land).
What are the challenges that your ministry is anticipating during the development of the national data base?
Developing a national population management data base is a tough and demanding job. The task of collecting all citizens' personal information and then entering into a national data base is not simple. And, it cannot be done overnight.
In addition, it is challenging just finding sufficient resources to develop that data base. To implement the administrative reform programme, we have to revise and supplement at least 178 legal documents.
At present, administrative procedures, personal documents and the data base on population management are kept independently by various agencies and local governments. That's why it requires strong co-ordination - a key factor in making the project meet the deadline and be a success.
Why has the Government delayed issuing the national identity code to Vietnamese citizens until 2016?
First, we have to clarify what the code means. It is a series of numerical numbers needed as a key to enter the national data base to retrieve information we need on a person. As I have mentioned, the first step is to have a data base.
The next step is to enter basic information on citizens. When the two steps are completed, we will use national ID cards to retrieve information on citizens during administrative procedures.
The technical infrastructure is expected to be completed by late 2015. In the following year, we will be able to enter an individual's basic information into the data base.
But you say 178 legal documents must be revised. Do you think that everything will be on time?
Not one single administrative procedure can exist without legal support. That's why I say administrative reform is a very important step in the process. This means revising at least 178 legal documents.
This requires us to review all the existing administrative legal documents, including documents on individuals. I have to concede that our legal documents, including laws and ordinances, don't touch upon many administrative procedures.
In the project, the Government has asked the National Assembly to have a working agenda revise laws that serve this project. The 178 legal documents needing revision is an off-hand figure.
According to the Government Project 30, about 1,300 administrative procedures are related to citizens. That's why we plan, in the near future we will have to conduct a comprehensive review of the existing administrative procedures to make sure what laws we must revise.
Why does everyone have to carry ID cards?
Personal ID cards are imperative in all transactions. So if we don't have other secured and effective documents, people will still have to use their cards.
However, at present many citizens still use the 10 digit ID cards, but they must change to 12 digit ID cards. We promise to make it easy for everyone to change their old IDs to new IDs.
So, what are the goals of the project?
The main one is to enable people to carry fewer documents with them when they need to pay a bill, a fee, a fine or anything else to do with Government agencies. For example, at present a motorbike rider must carry at least five different papers. So the key objective of the project is to save time and money for citizens. — VNS