VietNamNet Bridge - Many people are studying for doctorates, or racing for professorships, not so much to obtain deeper knowledge in their fields, but just for a little extra job security. In a society where the employees' academic titles are put before any other virtue, it is understandable that many would try to obtain as high an academic title as possible in the hopes of better job promotion. Vietnam is now moving towards extending the length of service of its civil servants. It is expected that women will [be allowed to] retire at an older age than the current 55. Meanwhile, the State has decided that the employees with high academic titles will have their working durations extended. PhDs, for example, can work for five years longer than other civil servants. Associate professors can have an additional working life of seven years, with professors allowed 10 years. "The rule motivates people to try to obtain high academic titles in order to be able to extend their service … [Read more...] about Civil servants rush to study for doctorates to avoid staff cutbacks
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Better conditions, pay to curb civil servant brain drain (24-05-2008) Member of the National Assembly's Legal Committee, Nguyen Ngoc Dao, talks to Vietnam News Agency about the Government's draft law on State employees. Do you think that the implementation of the Law on State staff can limit the brain-drain currently affecting State-owned agencies? The purpose of the Law is to boost the ranks of well-educated civil servants who work in a transparent and fair way. In the draft law, I pay attention to the position, rights and conditions of State staff to help them get promotions and better pay. The State-owned sector is facing brain drain because of unsatisfactory salaries and working environments. When talking about the work environments at State offices, many people think of the working facilities, but I'm also talking about the workplace culture. Many talented people at State-owned agencies decide to leave their jobs not only because of low pay. They are also disappointed with leaders … [Read more...] about Better conditions, pay to curb civil servant brain drain
Officials, civil servants fail to meet deadline to declare assets, earnings (10-09-2008) Tran Duc Luong, director of the Anti-Corruption Department of the Government Inspection Agency spoke to Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper about the State's efforts to combat graft. Until now many government officials have not yet declared their assets. Does that mean the Government's order has not been strictly implemented? There are different reasons leading to the delay in the implementation despite the Government Decree No 37 requiring that by December 2007 the declarations must be completed. In my opinion, an important contributor to the delay is the low awareness by concerned subjects. The government's decree set out 11 groups of people that have to declare their assets, including government officials holding a position from deputy head of a division in a government agency up ward, civil servants having daily contacts with public money and with citizens. The declaration form has nine items, but not … [Read more...] about Officials, civil servants fail to meet deadline to declare assets, earnings
On the morning of April 28, the provincial Labor Federation held the 2008 meeting summation of the patriotic emulation movement among workers and civil servants and of the labor union activities. Simultaneously, it launched the 2009 emulation movement. The meeting was attended by Ms Bui Ngoc Thanh - Head of the Commission for People Mobilization Work of the provincial Party Committee, Ms Nguyen Thi Kim Lien - Chairwoman of the provincial Fatherland Front Committee, Mr. Dinh Quoc Thai - Vice chairman of the provincial People's Committee, Mr. Huynh Tan Kiet - Chairman of the provincial Labor Federation and the representatives of the Party committees, labor unions and staffs at grass-roots levels across the province. Ms Bui Ngoc Thanh - Head of the Commission for People Mobilization Work of the provincial Party Committee - awarded the certificates of merit of Vietnam Labor Federation to the collectives Over the past years, the patriotic emulation movement among Dong Nai province's … [Read more...] about The 2008 summation meeting of the patriotic emulation movement among workers and civil servants and of the labor union activities
With $1 billion, Vietnam can change its system of bureaucratic civil servants into a contingent of enthusiastic and qualified people, said a senior expert from the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM). The comprehensive administrative reform program was implemented in 2001-2010. During this period, the government's number of agencies reduced from 48 to 30, including 22 ministries and ministerial-level agencies. The number of departments felt by 28, but the number of general departments rose by 18 and the number of bureaus increased by 22. Le Viet Thai, head of the CIEM's Economic Institution Department, who chairs the research project entitled "Strategic vision on governmental institute and implementation roadmap", says that the administrative apparatus is cumbersome and ineffective because tasks and responsibility are not clearly defined. Thai tells Tien Phong Daily about the project. What does your group discover after researching the government apparatus? … [Read more...] about US$1 billion enough to renovate Vietnam’s civil servants?