Hanoi shares administrative reform experience with Vientiane hinh anh 1Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (R) welcomes Vientiane Governor Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi officials shared experience in administrative reforms with officials of Laos’s Vientiane capital city at a discussion on March 27.

Vientiane Governor Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune said Laos has just begun administrative reforms while Hanoi has obtained initial outcomes in this work. Vientiane wants to learn from Hanoi’s experience to build a synchronous and modern administration, thus helping to promote local socio-economic development.

Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said the capital city considers administrative reforms as one of the three breakthroughs to be achieved between 2016 and 2020. Information technology is the main tool to carry out administrative reforms with a view to improving the management, steering and effectiveness of the apparatus.

By the end of 2016, Hanoi had basically finished reorganising departments and public service companies and eliminating old IT programmes. It has also designed a single IT system used by the municipal level and 584 communes, wards and towns.

As a result, Hanoi ranked second in IT application in administrative reforms and climbed to the 14th place in terms of the provincial competitiveness index among 63 provinces and cities nationwide.

Administrative reforms have also helped to attract investment, Chung said, elaborating that in 2016, foreign investment was estimated at 3.11 billion USD, almost 4 times higher than in 2015. Meanwhile, the city is the top destination for domestic investment with a total registered capital of 439 trillion VND (19.27 billion USD).

He said Hanoi is willing to assist Vientiane in administrative reforms and IT training for public officials and civil servants. It will also help the capital city of Laos to establish an institute for social studies and build a roadmap for bilateral cooperation.-VNA