Many ministries, agencies fail to publish budget information

01-Aug-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Up to 20 out of 37 surveyed ministries and State agencies did not publish on their portals any information on their budget revenue and spending, according to a survey whose results were released today, July 30.

The Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation Alliance and the centre for Development and Integration today released the Ministry Open Budget Index 2018, which is an independent survey to measure the transparency of ministries and State agencies regarding State budget management and use.

Accordingly, most of the ministries and agencies in Vietnam failed to comply with regulations on publicising State budget collections and expenditures, as regulated in the 2015 State Budget Law and the Ministry of Finance’s Circular 61/2017/TT-BCT.

Specifically, the ministries of Health, Education and Training, Construction and Foreign Affairs; the Supreme People’s Court; the Vietnam News Agency; and the State Audit of Vietnam did not publish any information on their budget performance.

Only 17 entities’ portals have published documents on their budget performance. However, their disclosure remains modest.

For example, Vietnam Television had the highest open budget index, but it was only 21.91 out of 100 points. The Ministry of Finance ranked third with 18.52 points, followed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade with 17.91 points.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport has the highest estimated budget spending for this year, at nearly VND58.6 trillion, but posted a low open budget index of 3.7 points, ranking 13th.

The ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, and Education and Training took the fourth, fifth and sixth positions in the ranking for estimated budget spending for this year but had published no documents on budget performance on their portals at the time of the survey.

Among the 37 surveyed units, five ministries’ portals had a column for budget performance information but had published no documents in the column, including the ministries of Transport, Planning and Investment, Science and Technology, Justice and Information and Communications.

Nguyen Quang Thuong, deputy director of the centre for Development and Integration, proposed the ministries and State agencies make budget documents available on their portals so that residents can access information on the use of the State budget, thus increasing their confidence in these ministries and agencies.

The National Assembly should assign the Finance and Budget Committee to supervise the disclosure of budget performance information from ministries and State agencies, Thuong added.


Category: Economy, Vietnam

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