April 1, 2009
The April ICGFM DC Forum presented intriguing analysis of reform in the government of Vietnam. Guest speaker Dr. Clay Wescott, Director of the Asian-Pacific Governance Institute and Visiting Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School described "evidence based public administration reform".
Dr. Wescott and two graduate students completed a comprehensive on site study of the Government of Vietnam Financial, and Human Resource infrastructure. This was done through interviews contrasted with historical facts and statistics. The analysis suggests that the country has seen remarkable improvement in public sector reform as compared with neighbouring and competing countries.
There are ample investment opportunities in Vietnam. The presenters cautioned that there is a lack of transparency and concerns about public agency corruption.
The team recommends improved training and transparency. Transparency can be improved through a more independent financial watchdog with strong powers.