CAG Delivers Training Programme for Senior Vietnamese Leaders to Enhance Public Sector Capabilities

HANOI (VIETNAM), 29 October 2022 — The Chandler Academy of Governance (CAG) collaborated with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) of Vietnam to co-design and co-deliver the first segment of the Modern and Effective National Governance Programme for Emerging Leaders (MENGPEL).  Vice Minister for Home Affairs, Mr. Vu Chien Tang, was present at the opening ceremony to launch the programme.

Held over four segments, MENGPEL’s overall objective is to enhance public sector capabilities in Vietnam. Some of the key themes of the programme include: developing a deeper understanding of good governance, especially within the Vietnamese context; understanding and applying skills to be effective public sector leaders; architecting strong government institutions and systems; and developing essential analytical skills in policy and programme design.

Over 20 Vietnamese public sector leaders, drawn from the central and local governments, attended the first segment of the programme. The programme was held at the NAPA campus in Hanoi from 25-29 October 2022.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the programme launch, Vice Minister Vu spoke about the importance of good national governance in nation building. In this regard, he underscored the importance of building capabilities for political cadres and civil servants, especially those in leadership positions. He also expressed appreciation to CIG, who supported NAPA and MOHA in the development of this programme and noted that this would pave the way for further collaborations in future.

Mr Vu Chien Thang, Vice Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs (Vietnam), delivering the opening remarks

Mr Kenneth Sim, Dean, CAG expressed his gratitude to the partners at NAPA and MOHA for entrusting CIG to run this important leadership programme. He emphasised that in designing the curriculum, CAG had worked closely with NAPA to ensure that the programme drew upon international good practices but was also contextualised to Vietnam’s needs. At the same time, the curriculum also had a strong practitioner orientation, which is an important hallmark of CAG’s programmes.

Mr Kenneth Sim, Dean of CAG expressing his gratitude to NAPA and MOHA

Likewise, in his opening remarks, Dr Nguyen Dang Que, Executive Vice President of NAPA emphasised that the training programme was designed to focus on practical skills, and incorporated international good practices that were applicable to the Vietnamese context. He noted that the programme supported the direction of Mr Pham Minh Chinh, Prime Minister of Vietnam, to implement training and development programmes for public servants at the local and national government levels.

Dr Nguyen Dang Que, Executive Vice President of NAPA delivering his welcome remarks
Kenneth Sim, Dean of CAG sharing perspectives of modern and effective national governance and its importance in building strong nations
Kenneth Sim, Dean of CAG, and Yeo Whee Jim, CIG expert, facilitating a group discussion and reflection on modern and effective governance in the Vietnamese context

The first segment of MENGPEL included a dialogue with Mr Le Minh Nam, Standing member, Finance and Budget Committee of the National Assembly. The participants interacted with the national leader and gained practical insights about leadership for Vietnam in a post-COVID world.

Concluding the first segment with a leadership dialogue with Mr Le Minh Nam, Standing member, Finance and Budget Committee of the National Assembly

The inaugural run of MENGPEL has since concluded. More information about the respective segments of the programme can be found below.

Segment 2: CAG Delivers Training Programme to Develop Public Sector Leadership Capabilities in Vietnam

Segment 3: CAG Conducts Training on Building Effective Institutions and Systems for Senior Vietnamese Leaders

Segment 4: CAG and Vietnam Government Conclude 5-month Training Programme and Look to Expand Partnership

About the Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG)

The Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG) is an international non-profit organisation, headquartered in Singapore. We believe in a world where citizens have a deep sense of trust in their governments and public institutions, and where nations are governed by principled, wise leaders supported by an effective civil service. Trust and effective governance serve as a strong foundation for national development and prosperity. CIG supports governments in building government talent, leadership and public service capabilities through training programmes, research initiatives and advisory work. We are not affiliated with any national government or political party, and we do not represent any partisan or commercial interests.

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About the Chandler Academy of Governance, (CAG)

The Chandler Academy of Governance (CAG) is part of CIG. CAG complements and supports CIG’s work by designing and delivering training programmes that are practitioner-oriented, to equip government leaders with capabilities required to meet the realities and demands of public service work. CAG works with its panel of adjunct trainers and subject matter experts in the design and delivery of these programmes.

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