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 … [Read more...] about Vietnam carries out ASEAN Declaration on civil service’s role
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Malaysian Nor Mohamad loved her job with a major Western tech company. But she gave it up after two years, tired of bickering with her parents who felt she’d be better off in the public service. “It’s boring but stable,” said the master’s degree holder, who is in her thirties and asked not to be fully identified, citing government policy. “Even though I’m not so in love with the job, I’m thankful that in this economic situation there’s no bad impact to my career.” Malaysia’s civil service employs 1.6 million people, or about 11 percent of the labor force. The jobs provide stability and security, including for ethnic Malays who are the majority of the population. Now the bloated bureaucracy presents a challenge to Prime Minister Najib Razak. Najib, whose ruling coalition Barisan Nasional has been in power for nearly 60 years with the help of the Malay vote, has pledged to gradually narrow a budget deficit the country has … [Read more...] about Bloated Malaysia civil service presents headache for Najib
VietNamNet Bridge – The failure of many of the best university graduates at the 2014 civil-service exam has raised doubts in the public’s mind about the value of university degrees and the test. Six candidates who were at the top of their class failed the 2014 civil-service exam in Hanoi. According to the Hanoi Interior Affairs Department, thousands of candidates took the exam. Of these, 41 candidates, thanks to their excellent learning records, were exempted from sitting the agencies’ entrance exam, but still had to take a test (essay and interview). And 10 of them failed the test. Six of the 10 candidates were recognized as top graduates of domestic universities, while the other four showed foreign universities’ degrees with “good” and “excellent” grades. Three of them had master’s degrees. Similar results were reported for the 2013 civil-service exam. Of the 43 candidates exempted from the agencies’ entrance exam, nine … [Read more...] about Why do the best university graduates fail the civil-service exam?
VietNamNet Bridge – The HCM City Department of Interior Affairs refused to accept TOEIC and TOEFL certificates for civil service examination registration, and would only take national B-level English certificates. Candidates queue up to register to take the civil service exam. Educators have defended the candidates who had TOEIC and TOEFL certificates, saying that people with these internationally recognised certificates have English skills equal to or better than those with B-level national certificates. The HCM City Department of Interior Affairs, when asked by the city’s People’s Committee, said it was strictly following the current law when organizing the civil service exam. A leader of the department said TOEIC, TOEFL and IELTS were certificates granted by foreign organizations. Under Vietnamese laws, only national certificates (A, B and C level) are legal. And there is no regulation that specifies equivalencies between TOEIC and TOEFL … [Read more...] about HCM City rejects civil-service candidates’ TOEIC, TOEFL certificates
Former Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Thang Van Phuc spoke to the newspaper Hai Quan (Customs) about the National Public Administrative Reform Project, known as Project 30. You used to oversee the Government's administrative reform project. Are you satisfied with the results after 10 years of implementation? Viet Nam has built a national database of all administrative procedures and set a target to reduce the costs of administrative procedures by 30 per cent. It's an impressive figure since European countries have only begun to slash 25 per cent from these cost burdens. The administrative reform has been implemented in four areas including administrative institutions, organisational reform, public finance reform, and civil service training. However, many shortcomings remain. Administrative procedures continue to be inconsistent and uncoordinated. For instance, some laws and ordinances have been amended but the issuance of guiding regulations to implement them has been slow. Many … [Read more...] about Civil service takes priority in reform of admin procedures