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Hanoi restructures public bodies, axes hundreds of senior positions: chairman

Wednesday, August 03, 2016, 16:42 GMT+7

A score of departments and about a hundred public bodies in Hanoi are being restructured to cut hundreds of redundant senior positions as Vietnam’s capital looks to downsize its payroll.

Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said on Tuesday that the capital has finalized its plan to restructure 22 departments and multiple project management and non-business public units.

Chung was elaborating before members of the Hanoi People’s Council during one of its working sessions on the plan to downsize the capital’s overall payroll.

“So far ten departments and their 21 respective divisions have been restructured,” Chung said. “A further 21 heads and 63 deputy heads of divisions at 24 non-business public units have also been subject to the restructuring.”

“By October 2016, the remaining 12 departments and 70 project management units will have been re-arranged, reducing 37 divisions, 18 heads, and 93 deputy heads, along with 35 project management units,” Chung added.

According to the chairman, the capital is taking careful, measured steps with a large number of bodies involved in the process.

“The number [of public bodies involved] is so large that rushing it without careful consideration to guarantee the harmony of interests between the government and public workers, as well as the nature of the work, could result in disorder,” Chung explained.

“Therefore, the steering commission of the Hanoi Party’s Committee always sets stability and the quality of the work as a high priority,” Chung concluded.

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