Vietnam and France collaborate to enhance public service reform and transformation

Stanislas Guérini, the French Minister of Public Transformation and Service, recently paid a visit to Hanoi where he engaged in multiple meetings with esteemed officials from Vietnam. This visit served as a valuable opportunity for both nations to discuss and collaborate on matters pertaining to public transformation and service. Stanislas Guérini's presence in Hanoi highlights the importance of fostering strong bilateral relations and exploring mutual interests between France and Vietnam.

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President of the Ho Chi Minh Academy of Politics (HCMA) and Chairman of the Central Theory Council Nguyen Xuan Thang recently welcomed French Minister of Public Transformation and Service Stanislas Guérini, VNA reported.

Thang expressed the HCMA’s desire to enhance cooperation and exchange experiences with French partners in personnel training and scientific research.

He suggested that the French ministry and partners continue to support Vietnam in refining its institutional framework and administrative reform towards a modern public administration.

Vietnam, France Boost Process of Public Service Reform and Transformation
President of the Ho Chi Minh Academy of Politics and Chairman of the Central Theory Council Nguyen Xuan Thang meets with French Minister of Public Transformation and Service Stanislas Guérini. Source: Ambassade de France au Vietnam/FB

In response, Minister Stanislas Guerini stated that French partners and the HCMA have a long history of cooperation and are continuously strengthening their relationship.

The minister agreed with the statements and proposals for cooperation made by HCMA President Nguyen Xuan Thang and emphasized that the quality of officials in administrative agencies is a crucial factor in building a strong administrative system.

Minister Stanislas Guerini affirmed that the HCMA’s signing of a trilateral cooperation memorandum with the National Institute of Public Service (INSP) and the General Directorate for the Administration and Civil Service of France will contribute to improving training cooperation and scientific research between the two sides, as well as promoting the reform and transformation of the administrative systems of both countries towards modernity to meet the requirements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Later, both the host and the guest witnessed the signing of a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding between the HCMA, the INSP, and the General Directorate for the Administration and Civil Service of France.

Vietnam, France Boost Process of Public Service Reform and Transformation
The signing of a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding between the HCMA, the National Institute of Public Service, and the General Directorate for the Administration and Civil Service of France. Source: Ambassade de France au Vietnam/FB

In the afternoon of the same day, the Vietnamese Minister of Home Affairs (MoHA) Pham Thi Thanh Tra held talks with the French minister in Hanoi.

Both sides agreed on coordination in various areas and incorporating them into the cooperation plan between the two ministries. Activities include the exchange of experience, workshops, seminars in Vietnam or France, and relevant countries within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) network and ASEAN mechanisms, with a focus on public governance, administrative and public service reform, and civil service improvement.

Special attention was given to training and nurturing young and female officials for local authorities in Vietnam at France’s Normandie Business School and the INSP, a project currently undertaken by the MoHA.

On December 1, Guérini met with Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai, during which he affirmed France’s commitment to enhancing cooperation with Vietnam in ensuring public service transparency and anti-corruption efforts.

Hannah Nguyen