The central province of Quang Binh continues to top Vietnamese localities in terms of the Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) which was announced on April 2.

The PAPI survey, the largest-ever one of its kind in the country, scrutinises six different dimensions of provincial governance and public administration. They include people’s participation at local level, transparency, accountability, the control of corruption in the public sector, public administrative procedures, and public service delivery.

According to the PAPI results, Quang Binh is the only locality that is systematically ranked at the top of all the six governance dimensions, followed by top three of the country’s PAPI-performing provinces: Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Dinh and Binh Phuoc.

Meanwhile, Bac Giang, Tay Ninh, Quang Ninh and Quang Ngai provinces scored relatively low at the other end of the scale.

Director of the Centre for Community Support and Development Studies (CECODES) Dang Ngoc Dinh, a key member of the PAPI team, said that people measured in the survey are more satisfied with the effectiveness of governance and public administration in their locality.

He added the localities need to put forth measures to surmount shortcomings detected in the survey, with a view to raising people’s satisfaction with public services in the coming time.

Started in 2009, the PAPI survey, jointly conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), CECODES and the Vietnam Fatherland Front, has enabled 50,000 participants to share their real experience of governance and public administration performed by authorities at grassroots levels.-VNA