Seminar “The UK’s civil service: Reform process, operational priorities and values”
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Participants also included H.E Giles Lever, British Ambassador to Vietnam and the Embassy’s staffs; Assoc. Prof, Dr Hoang Van Nghia, General Director of International Cooperation Department and leaders of some functional units, specialized institutes and a large number of scientists and lecturers from HCMA.

In his opening remarks, Assoc. Prof. Dr Le Quoc Ly, Vice President HCMA expressed the honor of welcoming H.E Simon McDonald for his first visit to the Academy, giving a talk about the topic “UK’s civil service: Reform process, operational priorities and values”. Assoc. Prof. Dr Le Quoc Ly affirmed that the seminar was an important opportunity for HCMA’s scientists and lecturers to share and discuss the civil service of UK; thereby enhancing the mutual understanding and bilateral cooperation between two countries in general and between HCMA and the British Embassy in Vietnam in particular.

Assoc. Prof. Dr Le Quoc Ly delivered the opening speech at the seminar

While expressing sincere thanks to the leaders and officials of the Academy for the warm reception, H.E Simon McDonald, Permanent Under Secretary of Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British government indicated that Permanent Under Secretary of Foreign and Commonwealth Office is the person in charge of civil service in the UK’s political system. It has been codified in the British law since the mid-twentieth century. However, the British civil service’s history began in the nineteenth century with the formation of a bureaucracy office under UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and since then, it has always been paid attention in spite of many changes.

At the seminar, H.E Simon McDonald emphasized that civil service reform is a continuous process and has always been interested by the British government since its inception. Now, the operational priorities of the UK’s civil service are diversity, digital technology and commerce. In particular, the UK’s civil service must apply digital technology to meet the diverse demands of people and need better understanding of trade, especially in areas such as public procurement, investment in infrastructure… to provide the best service for its citizens.

H.E Simon McDonald presented on the UK’s civil service at the seminar

With regard to defining and main values of the UK’s civil service, H.E Simon McDonald pointed out that there are four separate values in the UK’s civil service, including: impartiality, objectivity, faithfulness and integrity. But he added that, in the current context of the twenty-first century, more than ever, the UK’s civil service needs to include more values of the modern civil service, such as respect and integration, in order to invite mass participation. Amongst other things, as he said, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has paid attention to and attracted four specific groups of people to participate in public service sector, including women, disabled and vulnerable people, negroes and other ethnic minorities, and transsexual and multi-gender people.

An overview of the seminar

On the basis of information shared by H.E Simon McDonald, the delegates at the seminar also elaborated on the standards and forms to recruit the UK’s civil officials, the regulations and policies for the UK’s civil officials, the attraction of UK’s civil service nowadays and the experiences for Vietnam.

News, photo: Minh Hang & Duc Manh

Translator: Minh Hang/ Proofreader: Le Xuan Tung