Heads of States/Governments of ASEAN Member States signed the “ASEAN Declaration on the Role of Civil Service as A Catalyst for Achieving AC Vision 2025″ on April 29, 2017. (Photo: asean.org)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has just approved a project to implement the “ASEAN Declaration on the Role of the Civil Service as A Catalyst for Achieving the ASEAN Community Vision 2025”.

The project aims to promote national-level implementation of the goals set in the declaration, contributing to building an ASEAN Community that is people-centred and socially responsible.

Ministries, agencies and localities are asked to build and issue action plans in 2019 to realise the project. During 2019-2025, all of the public servants will receive training and be well equipped with knowledge of the ASEAN Community while 80 percent of them will be trained on administrative skills and state management, meeting standards of ASEAN member states’ civil service system.

Also, popularisation work will be a focus to raise awareness of the officials and civil servants of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025. The project will apply ASEAN’s good governance principles in the programme on civil service reform and improving capacity of ministries, agencies and localities, including building transparent, responsible and effective administrative organisations which are able to address new challenges.

The project encourages formation of a group of ASEAN experts in different sectors, enhance information sharing, and promote coordination among ministries, agencies and localities in ASEAN cooperation.

Heads of States and Governments of ASEAN member states inked the ASEAN Declaration on April 29. The declaration recognises the significance of the civil service as the backbone of good governance and a catalyst for enhanced cross-sector and cross-pillar cooperation in building the ASEAN Community.

The civil service plays a pivotal role in providing vital public services to the people of ASEAN and driving national and social development which are important in ensuring that the people feel the benefits and relevance of ASEAN to their lives.-VNA