Vietnam’s North-South high-speed railway to cost over US$58 billion

For a total length of 1,545 kilometers (km), the line which links Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City would stop at 20 cities and provinces. Total investment capital for the North-South high-speed railway project in Vietnam is expected to reach over US$58 billion, according to a consortium of…

Cybersecurity law targets criminals: NA deputies

The controversial cybersecurity law was passed by the National Assembly (NA) on June 12 with 86.86 per cent approval. On the sidelines, NA deputies talk to An Ninh Thủ Đô (Capital Security) newspaper on how the bill won’t harm Constitution-mandated civil rights or initiate mass surveillance. The subjects of the…

OGP Global Summit 2018: Tbilisi

As lead co-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Georgia will host the 5th OGP Global Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia, on July 17-19, 2018. Representatives from OGP’s 90 national and local participants — heads of state and governments, ministers, public servants, members of parliament, local authorities, civil society…

Embracing Innovation in Government: Global Trends 2018 report

On 11 February 2018, OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría launched Embracing Innovation in Government: Global Trends 2018 at the World Government Summit in Dubai. The report was authored by the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI), in partnership with the UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation…

Vietnam commended on fight against corruption

Vietnam’s intensified crackdown on corruption has yielded applause twice from the international community in just the past month. The main hall of Daewoo Hotel in Hanoi today was packed with over a thousand government officials, representatives from international organisations, experts, and local and foreign journalists. They came just…

Việt Nam’s corruption perceptions index improves

Việt Nam ranks 107th among 180 countries and territories in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017 released by Transparency International on Thursday, a slight improvement from the two previous years. The country scored of 35 points out of 100 on the CPI 2017. The country scored 31 in…

Limitation in open budget index

Việt Nam is ranked under the global average in the open budget index, especially in terms of public participation. That’s according to the report of Open Budget Survey composed and published by International Budget Partnership (IBP) on Thursday. Việt Nam’s budget transparency (Open Budget Index – OBI) scored…

State audit to inspect BOT traffic projects

Several BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) traffic projects will be on 2018’s audit list, the State Audit Office of Việt Nam (SAV) announced yesterday. Examining a series of BOT traffic projects was among the State Auditor General Hồ Đức Phớc’s audit plan for next year that SAV issued recently. Specifically, the…

National Assembly Standing Committee discusses thrift practice and anti-waste

The National Assembly (NA)’s Standing Committee mulled over a Government report on thrift practice and combating wastefulness at work during its 23rd session on April 12. The report focused on the work outcomes in 2017 related to, among other things, passing new laws, the management of the State budget, the…

National Assembly urges caution in amending public investment law

National Assembly leaders advised caution in amending the Law on Public Investment, saying that adjustments are necessary but must not be made hastily, lest the legal system be disrupted. The comment was made by Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Phùng Quốc Hiển during a session held on…
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