Academic journal article Southeast Asian Affairs

Building a Clean Administrative State

Academic journal article Southeast Asian Affairs

Building a Clean Administrative State

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In policy terms, the year 1997 saw a continued emphasis on administrative reform, focusing on the simplification of administrative procedures. Following the Eighth Plenum's resolution of January 1995, the Prime Minister's Office had endorsed experimental reorganization of administrative procedures within the districts and precincts in Ho Chi Minh City. As a result, three experimental sites were set up in Precincts 1 and 5 and Cu Chi district.

The general features of the plan included the setting up of one office to receive and return the files, the use of one official seal, and the development of transparency in administrative process, procedures, duration, and fees. Known as the "one-stop" procedural method (mot cua, mot da u), the plan's first targets were the Office of the Municipal People's Committee, Office of Planning and Investment, Office of Construction, Cadastral Office, and Land and Housing Office. At the end of 1996, the City's Party Standing Committee issued a directive turning this experimental project into a city-wide reform. In 1997, Phan Van Khai made administrative reform one of his "campaign" issues. …

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