Quang Ninh maintains leading position in Provincial Competitiveness Index 2022

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2023 19:32


Tra Vinh, Lang Son and Bac Ninh are the TOP 3 PGI performers in 2022. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuan

The northern province of Quang Ninh has been named the most competitive province in Viet Nam for the sixth year in a row, according to the Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) 2022 report released by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday.

With an impressive score of 72.95, Quang Ninh has maintained its lead in the rankings for six consecutive years, thanks to its outstanding economic management quality and friendly and supportive business environment.

The efficient performance of the Quang Ninh Investment Promotion Agency (IPA Quang Ninh), as well as the various public administrative service agencies at the provincial, district, and commune levels, has earned high praise from businesses.

Bac Giang is in second place for the first time, with a score of 72.80, 8.06 higher than the previous year. Hai Phong is third with a score of 70.76, followed by Ba Ria-Vung Tau (70.26 points) and Dong Thap (69.68 points).

The remaining positions in the Top 10 PCI 2022 were Thua Thien Hue (69.36 points); Bac Ninh (69.08); Vinh Phuc (68.91); Da Nang (68.52) and Long An (68.45).

Compared to PCI 2021, three centrally-run cities, Ha Noi, HCM City and Can Tho, were not in the Top 10 and even dropped from last year's ranking.

Can Tho dropped five places to 19th, while Ha Noi dropped ten places to 20th. HCM City dropped 13 places to 27th.

Top 30 performers in PCI 2022. — Photo from the report

The 2022 PCI report reveals the tremendous efforts of both businesses and provincial governments to navigate through the rough waters of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Pham Tan Cong, VCCI chairman.

Both domestic and foreign firms reported improvements in administrative procedures, reductions in the time costs of bureaucratic compliance, and liberation from the burdens of informal charges.

However, the effects of the challenging economic context are also clear in this year's report, as reforms in many policy areas slowed and business optimism remained low.

Many firms report multiple difficulties in access to finance, hiring employees, limited infrastructure growth, and a gap between central policy and implementation at the grassroots level.

"Businesses in Viet Nam face multiple obstacles from the challenging economic context," Cong said. "We hope that provincial and municipal governments will further strengthen business support policies that contribute to a more enabling and stable domestic business environment to make up for the instabilities of the global market for firms."

In this year's report, VCCI also launched the Provincial Green Index (PGI) for the first time, an initiative developed by VCCI with support from the USAID and private sector partners.

This index evaluates and ranks provinces' environmental policy from the perspective of businesses to promote better business behaviour and practices, including the application of new green technologies.

Tra Vinh, Lang Son and Bac Ninh are the TOP 3 PGI performers in this inaugural edition.

"The new Provincial Green Index builds on this prior success, and it signals a greater recognition among the private sector that environmental considerations are equally important for business success and long-term economic growth," said Aler Grubbs, USAID/Viet Nam Mission Director.

With the introduction of the PGI, we hope to encourage provinces and cities in Viet Nam to pay greater attention to environmentally responsive economic development, provide up-to-date information that informs investment and environmental policy, and ultimately promote an environmentally friendly business ecosystem that contributes to the country's green growth orientation, according to her.

The Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI), the result of a long-standing collaborative effort between VCCI and USAID, is designed to assess provincial economic governance, the ease of doing business, and administrative reform efforts by provincial governments in Viet Nam to boost private sector development.

The 2022 PCI report was developed from responses from 11,872 firms, including 10,590 domestic private businesses and 1,282 foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) operating in Viet Nam.

In total, a stunning 176,496 unique businesses have participated since the beginning of the PCI survey in 2005, reflecting different facets of the Vietnamese business environment.

Developed and introduced in 2005, PCI comprises ten sub-indices: entry costs, land access and tenure, transparency, time costs, informal charges, provincial leadership proactivity, policy bias, business support programmes, labour policy, and law and order. — VNS

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