On 10 February 2017, in Hanoi, the BTAP Coaltion (Promoting Transparency, Accountability and Citizen Participation in State Budget Management) held a workshop on “Building Initiatives to Promote Publicity and Transparency of the State Budget”.
Participants in the workshop highly appreciated Vietnam’s efforts to gradually introduce measures to publicize and make transparent the process of making draft budget and budget management. However, Vietnam continues to face difficulties in revenue collection, unsustainable revenue structure, reduced revenue, overspending and large public debt.
Speaking at the seminar, Dr. Le Dang Doanh, former Director of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), stressed that if a reduction in recurrent expenditure and strict budget discipline cannot be made, the situation will be difficult to improve. According to Dr. Doanh, in the coming time, it is necessary to strengthen the publicity, transparency and accountability of the state budget as the transparency of state budget in Vietnam are still only in “general numbers”, while more specific numbers are not provided by related offices “can’t get the answer even when asking for it”.
Also talking about budget transparency, Ngo Thi Minh Huong, PhD., Director of the Center for Development and Integration (CDI), reiterated that Vietnam got 18/100 points in the annual budget transparency (OBI) survey 2015 by the International Budget Partnership (IBP). It means that Vietnam still provides little information about the budget to the public. According to her, in addition to providing information about the budget, people must understand that information. If the report is too complex, people do not understand and the announcement is not really meaningful then.
At the workshop, many initiatives to promote openness and transparency, participation of people in state budget management were shared and discussed by delegates.
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