The Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Index (PAPI) has been introduced as a new tool to support elective agencies in bettering their monitoring operations.

At a ceremony to announce PAPI 2012 in Hanoi on June 19, Dr. Dinh Xuan Thao, Head of the Legislative Research Institute of the National Assembly Standing Committee, said PAPI is a good referential source for deputy delegations at all levels when working to perfect the draft amended Constitution and building a law on local government in the coming time.

PAPI 2012 was introduced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Legislative Research Institute.

Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam said a monitoring tool that garnered data from independent field studies, PAPI helps deputies to identify what the localities they represented have done and have not done so that further explanation or adjustments to their development policies can be made towards higher efficiency.

For Jairo Acuna-Alfaro, UNDP Policy Advisor on Public Administration Reform and Anti-Corruption said PAPI emphasises the necessity to monitor operation efficiency of public apparatus as well as the supervisory role of the National Assembly, the People’s Committee, the People’s Council, mass mobilisation organisations and the users of public services.

PAPI 2012 focused on surveying citizens’ participation at grassroots level, transparency, publicity, responsibility explanation to people, corruption control in the public services, public administrative procedures, and public service provision.

It found that people want responsibility explanation and corruption control to be intensified and administrative procedures and public services to be further improved in the country.-VNA