Hanoi, February 9, 2007 — The Office of the National Assembly (ONA) in Vietnam has invested in a new web site to increase transparency of information and citizen participation in legislative drafting, with support of The Asia Foundation. The new site, duthaoonline.quochoi.vn, (in Vietnamese) includes the full text of draft laws and ordinances, and solicits public review and feedback on these drafts. The site was launched at an event in Hanoi, which was attended by more than 100 representatives of the ONA, National Assembly Deputies, legal departments of various ministries, mass organizations such as the Women’s Union, and the press. ONA heads noted that the website represented Vietnam’s efforts to fulfill its international commitments following WTO accession.
The new website is the result of more than two years of work on a larger program of cooperation with The Asia Foundation to improve the public’s participation in the lawmaking process. Other projects include an assessment of the appropriate features and content of the website; the development of a guidebook on solicitation of public comments and opinions on draft legislation; and a forthcoming training course to help public officials to better solicit citizen input, which will use the new website and guidebook for elected representatives.