Administrative Simplification in Viet Nam

Supporting the Competitiveness of the Vietnamese Economy

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Administrative simplification in Viet Nam has reached a defining moment. In 2007, the government launched  “Project 30”, the goal of which was to reduce administrative procedures by 30% as part of ambitious reforms to modernise the public service and simplify the regulatory environment for businesses. These reforms support the development of infrastructure, increased productivity, greater foreign direct investment and a high rate of growth. Administrative simplification efforts, once fully implemented, will enhance regulatory quality and stimulate competitiveness and equitable growth. It was within this context that Viet Nam invited OECD to evaluate achievements so far and suggest future directions, including options for a ten-year programme for regulatory reform grounded in international best practice.  

This report details Project 30 and related initiatives. Using international comparisons and incorporating experience from similar reforms in other countries, it explores how Viet Nam can rapidly bring about the full potential of Project 30 and introduce a complete range of regulatory reform instruments in the near future. The lessons learnt from the management of a major administrative simplification initiative in Viet Nam will be useful to other countries seeking to improve their regulatory framework and to reduce administrative burdens, especially in the developing world and in transition countries. 

This report is published in English; a French translation of the executive summary has been included in this volume.


Executive summary

Administrative simplification in the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam is currently reaching a defining moment. As in many countries, administrative simplification has already done much to improve public governance and regulatory quality and stimulated competitiveness and equitable growth. It has received much attention and significant resources since 2007, principally by way of the Master Plan to Simplify Administrative Procedures in the fields of the State Governance (“Project 30”) and other initiatives. Project 30 has, between 2007 and 2010, delivered a comprehensive inventory of administrative procedures (APs) published in an online database, a review of the necessity, legality and user friendliness of the APs and two sets of simplification measures.

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