Vietnam will require its vice ministers, heads of general departments, and heads of ministerial-level bureaus to be able to speak at least one foreign language, according to a draft decree of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
On June 2, the ministry announced the draft legal document stipulating standards for managerial titles of civil servants at state administrative agencies.
After collecting feedback from individuals and organizations, the ministry will perfect the draft document and submit it to the government for approval.
According to the draft decree, vice ministers, heads of general departments, heads of ministerial-level bureaus and department directors are required to be ranked as a senior expert or its equivalent, have graduated from training courses for public administration for the senior expert level, and graduate from advanced political theory courses.
They are also required to be able to speak at least one of the popular foreign languages such as English, French, German, Russian, and Chinese; or the Lao or Cambodian language; or the language of an ethnic minority group.
As for vice ministers, they are required to have spent three years working as the head of a general department.
The draft degree also stipulates qualifications for deputy heads of general departments, deputy heads of ministerial-level bureaus, chiefs and deputy chiefs of general department-level bureaus, deputy directors of departments, and a number of lower titles.
Civil servants in managerial positions at state administrative agencies must have a university degree.
In addition to the specific qualifications for each managerial title, those taking on a managerial role must meet the three following general standards:
Firstly, they must be patriotic, wholeheartedly serve the people, stick to the objective of building national independence and socialism, and strive to effectively implement the Party’s guidelines and the State’s policies and laws.
Secondly, they are required to be industrious, thrifty, honest, righteous, public-spirited and selfless; to resolutely fight corruption; to have a good sense of organization and discipline; to be sincere and not to be opportunist; and to have a strong attachment to the public and be trusted by the public.
Thirdly, they must have a sound understanding of political theories, the Party’s guidelines and the State’s policies and laws; reach a required educational level; and have good health.