Headlined by a rebound in citizens’ economic optimism that contracts with still visible scarring from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) report, released on April 12 in Hanoi, also provides an important public sentiment in the fight against corruption.
|UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Ramla Khalidi addresses the official launch of the 2022 PAPI Report in Hanoi__Photo: papi.org.vn|
According to the report, Vietnam’s efforts to overcome the socio-economic impacts of the unprecedented health crisis in 2022 translated into increased economic confidence at the national level. In a notable turnaround, 66.1 percent of respondents viewed the national economy as “good” in 2022 - a 19.4 percent leap from a year earlier, while there was a 13.7 percent drop in citizens assessing conditions as “bad” from 19.8 percent in 2021 to only 6.1 percent in 2022.
With the scaling up of the nationwide anti-corruption campaign a signature feature of this government term, the 2022 PAPI Report reveals changing public attitudes to this issue with a 4.8 percent rise in citizens expressing a greater level of concern with corruption in 2022 from a year earlier.
To support the Government’s 2023 legislative agenda, the PAPI Report also included key indicators to inform policy discussions and track implementation of two key legal documents namely amendments to the 2013 Land Law and the new Law on Grassroots Democracy Implementation.
“PAPI’s mission is to monitor the Government’s implementation of development and policy agendas, thus contributing to enhanced responsiveness, transparency, and accountability of public institutions,” UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Ramla Khalidi said, adding that the Report provides a source of reliable evidence-based data for central and local authorities to review their performance in key areas.
With a record 16,117 respondents randomly selected from all of 63 provinces in the country, the PAPI Report reviews provincial progress across eight PAPI dimensions - Participation at Local Levels, Transparency in Local Decision-making, Vertical Accountability, Control of Corruption in the Public Sector, Public Administrative Procedures, Public Service Delivery, Environmental Governance, and E-Government.
Six of the top performers are each found in the Red River Delta and in the Northcentral and Central Coastal regions, and the 14 poorest performers are in the Central Highlands, Mekong River Delta, Northern Mid-land, and Mountainous regions.- (VLLF)