Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the National Academy of Public Administration to step up the application of information technology into its training programme towards the formation of a digital administration system amidst the fourth industrial revolution.

Speaking at a ceremony on October 18 to start the academy’s new academic year 2017-2018, PM Phuc said that the academy should make changes in the national administration to seize opportunities and give a boost to startups, innovation and creativity.

As one of the most important pillars of an effective administrative system, public servants should promote their creativity, integrity and responsibility, he said.

The PM asked the academy to improve its curriculum in order popularise a transparent and professional administrative system like in Northern European countries, New Zealand and Singapore.

He laid out three main tasks for the academy in the new academic year, including renovating its training programme and organisational structure, building a 20-year strategy, and turning it a regional-level training centre of management officials.

Following the ceremony, PM Phuc held a working session with leaders of the academy, during which he affirmed that the academy should focus on improving its efficiency to contribute to administrative reform in Vietnam.

Associate Prof. Dr. Dang Xuan Hoan, director of the academy, pointed to a lack of legal foundation to complete its management and governance system as well as its personnel contingent.

PM Phuc asked ministries and sectors to support the academy’s development. He assigned the Ministry of Home Affairs to issue policies to make research activities of the academy as part of the ministry’s operations.-VNA