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Introduction about POSCIS Program

On October 13th, 2009, the Government Inspectorate (in short GI) together with the representatives of Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden signed the Joint Funding Agreement and other Bilateral agreements on implementing the Program “Strengthening the comprehensive capacity of Inspectorate sector up to 2014” (in short POSCIS). POSCIS Program tentatively last from 2009 to 2014, with participation of 10 component projects, with an aim to support for strengthening the capacity of Inspectorate sector in three fields, including:

- Inspection

- Complaints and denunciation handling and

- Anti-corruption

The program’s schedule is from December, 2009 to November, 2004 with committed donor contribution of 11,7 million USD. The Government Inspectorate’s Program Management Unit (PMU) shall directly manage the implementation of this Program and the Government Inspectorate sub-project. Subprojects are managed by Component Project Management Units  (CPMU)

POSCIS shall be implemented on two levels: Program-level and Component project -level, with two respective levels of output system:

- The Program-level output system consists of the outputs that shall be implemented by the Projects of Government Inspectorate and Projects of Ministerial and Provincial Inspectorate. These Program-level outputs shall be the basis for evaluation of the Program.

- At project-level, each project shall formulate the outputs that are suitable to priority matters and respective function and tasks. However, these outputs shall be within the framework of the Program Document

POSCIS emphasizes the Program/sector approach. This approach means that: the activities of component projects are required not only to contribute to the specific situation and demands of each unit but also to contribute to the general objective of the Program.

The structure of the Program

10 inspectorate agencies participate in the Program, including:

- Government Inspectorate of Vietnam, which is not only the Line Agency of the Program but also a Component project (Government Inspectorate includes: Office of GI, Department of Organization and Personnel, Department of Legislation, Anti-corruption Bureau, Government Inspectorate Research Institute, Inspectorate Training School, Inspectorate Newspaper, Inspectorate Magazine and Information Center).

- Ministerial and provincial inspectorate agencies: Each participating ministerial or provincial inspectorate agency is one component project owner. Ministerial inspectorate agencies include those of: (1) Ministry of Planning and Investment, (2) Ministry of Public Security, (3) Ministry of Home Affair, (4) Ministry of Finance. Provincial inspectorate agencies include those of: (5) Ha Tinh province, (6) Khanh Hoa province, (7) Binh Duong province, (8) Kien Giang province and (9) Ho Chi Minh city.

- Government Inspectorate, which is both the Line Agency and a Component project of the Program, shall be the “center” of the cooperation among Component projects in order to fulfill the general objective of the Program

- Organization structure

The objectives:

- General objective: “To build an Inspectorate sector that is ethical, consolidated, step-by-step professionalized, modern, and capable of effectively implementing the missions assigned by Party and Government in terms of inspection, complaint and denunciation handling, and anti-corruption tasks”

- Specific objectives:

+ Objective 1: To strengthen the professionalism of inspection activities through standardization of inspection procedures, provision of specialized guidance, and division of responsibilities and management decentralization so that the sector becomes the driving force for improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability of state management agencies.

+ Objective 2: To strengthen the role of the inspectorate sector in handling complaints and denunciations with emphasis on inspection of accountability, reform of the citizen reception models through procedure simplification, legal and policy improvements, and procedural standardization with due consideration of the different factors between rural and urban areas.

+ Objective 3: To strengthen the efficiency of inspection activities in preventing, detecting, and handling corruption by setting up specialized units and developing a risk warning system.

+ Objective 4: To reform personnel management with the aim of attracting highly qualified applicants and mitigating rotation risks in personnel.

+ Objective 5: To improve research and training to support Objectives 1 to 4.

+ Objective 6: To strengthen coordination between inspectorate units and other reviewing, auditing, investigating, and prosecution agencies.

+ Objective 7: To strengthen the relationship between the inspectorate sector and the public in a open and transparent manner

+ Objective 8: To apply information technology to support Objectives 1 to 7.

+ Objective  9: To build capacity for result-based monitoring in order to assess the impact of Objectives 1 to 8

Program Document

On February 24th, 2006, the Prime Minister officially approved the document of program “strengthening the comprehensive capacity of inspectorate sector up to 2014 and directed the Minister of Planning and Investment to cooperate with GI and other relevant agencies to negotiate with international donors on related international treaties in order to implement the program in conformity with the regulations. Concurrently, the Prime Minister also directed the GI taking the role of line agency to cooperate with MPI and other relevant agencies to give direction for component projects to develop their documents which were basing on approved program document and submitted for approval in accordance with prevail regulations on ODA management and utilization.

Basing on framework document which was approved by the Prime Minister; basing on the analysis results of new requirements for inspectorate sector in the context of carrying out Economic-social Plan and Administrative Reform Plan for the period from 2006 to 2010, as well as the efforts on anti-corruption during the recent time; basing on the results of the meeting on formulating the prospective of Inspectorate sector up to 2015 with GI leaders and departments and units affiliating to GI as well as units which are expected to implement the subprojects, the Detailed Project Outline (in short DPO) and revised framework documents for implementation phase were developed.

On September 9th, 2009, DPO of the Program “Strengthening the comprehensive capacity of Inspectorate sector up to 2014 (POSCIS Program) was approved by the Prime Minister and after that on December 25th, 2009 the Program document was approved by the Inspector General.

Agreement

- On October, 13th 2009, GI, on behalf of Government of Viet Nam signed the Joint Funding Agreement (in short JFA) with a group of Development Partners (including the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark through the Embassy of Denmark, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Embassy of the Netherlands and Sweden through the Embassy of Sweden, Hanoi to contribute toward the funding of the Implementation Phase of the Program “Strengthening the comprehensive capacity of Inspectorate sector from 2009 to 2014” with committed donor contribution of 11.6 millions USD.

- This JFA sets forth the jointly agreed terms and procedures for the DPs’ financial support to the Programme and serves as a coordinating framework for consultation with Vietnam, for joint reviews of performance, for common procedures on disbursement, and for procurement, reporting and audits.

- The DP will establish bilateral arrangements that are compatible with the spirit and provisions of this JFA and will refrain, as far as possible, from setting conditions in the bilateral arrangements which contradict or diverge from the spirit or of provisions of this JFA. GI will sign each bilateral agreement with each DP. If there is any inconsistency or contradiction between the terms and conditions of this JFA and any of the bilateral arrangements, the provisions of the bilateral arrangements will prevail. Insofar as specific provisions of a bilateral arrangement deviate from the JFA, the DP concerned will inform the other DPs thereof, by supplying a copy of it to each other DP, specifying the provision(s) concerned.

 

- The DPs will base their actual support on the progress attained in the implementation of the Programme. Progress will be measured through common agreed benchmarks and performance indicators.

 

 

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