Ministries and sectors need stronger reforms to make work smoother

Monday, Jul 08, 2019 11:03

People conduct administrative procedures in the northern province of Ninh Binh. Ministries and sectors have abolished or simplified on average 32 per cent of business conditions. — VNA/VNS Photo Hai Yen

Ministries and sectors must boost administrative reform to abolish or simplify unreasonable, unclear and impossible business conditions.

Thats the goal for the second half of the year, according to Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung.

Dung also called on people in authority to closely supervise new business conditions to ensure a smoother work flow.

He said they must not only keep local State agencies and businesses in the picture about new regulations, but also make sure reforms are strictly implemented.

"Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Association of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and business associations need to regularly evaluate the situation and results of implementing reforms on business conditions in order to ensure substantial changes for businesses,” the minister said.

In the first months of this year, Dung said the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) co-operated with other ministries and sectors to review and propose to cut the list of conditional investment and business areas, in which 22 business areas have been abolished while four others have been revised.

This list attached with the Investment Law, which is being revised, is expected to be approved by the National Assembly in October 2019, he added.

According to the MPI, the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) conducted an independent survey on business conditions in the first months of the year.

It revealed ministries and sectors have abolished or simplified on average 32 per cent of business conditions.

Those who come out on top with the most red tape cut or simplified are the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (73 per cent) and the Ministry of Health (55 per cent).

Elsewhere, other ministers are making steps in the right direction.

They include the Ministry of Industry and Trade (47 per cent), the Ministry of Construction (44 per cent), the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (40 per cent), the Ministry of National Resources and Environment (38 per cent), the Ministry of Transport (36 per cent), the Ministry of Science and Technology (26 per cent) and the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism (20 per cent).

But it did warn that some local departments and agencies are unclear about business conditions and work needs to be done to improve the situation. — VNS

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