An aerial view of Viet Tri city, Phu Tho province's capital city.

Phu Tho (VNA) – Phu Tho is evaluated as one of the localities to effectively implement administrative reform during 2011-2015. The province ranked 35 th out of 63 cities and provinces in the country.

In 2015, the locality’s Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) was listed third, jumping 22 places from the previous year, while the province’s administrative reform index was graded 7 th .

The information was heard at a conference on increasing PAPI in the northeastern, northwestern and the Red River Delta regions held in the locality on July 5.

PAPI is a joint research activity between the Centre for Community Support and Development Studies (CECODES), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other organisations under the Vietnam Fatherland Front.

Delegates at the event shared localities’ experiences in PAPI implementation to increase the State’s public administration effectiveness, serving responsibilities on socio-economic development.

The 2015 index ranking for provinces showed a downward trend in five out of six criteria, including “involvement of the grass roots,” “transparency,” “authority’s accountability” and “control of corruption.”

A slight drop was seen in the criteria of “public administrative procedures” while there was an upturn in “public service delivery.”

PAPI is the most effective policy monitoring tool that reflects citizen experiences with central to local governments in performing their governance duties, public administration and public services delivery functions. It measures six dimensions, namely Participation at Local Levels, Transparency, Vertical Accountability, Control of Corruption, Public Administrative Procedures and Public Service Delivery, alongside 22 sub-dimensions and 92 indicators.-VNA