Government pushes for reforms to improve business environment; Resolution 19/2015

HA NOI (VNS) — The Prime Minister will focus on improving the business environment and strengthening the economy’s ability to compete in 2015 and 2016.

Key areas of a Government resolution released yesterday include pushing for reforms to reduce time-consuming and wasteful administrative procedures, enhancing governmental offices’ transparency and accountability, and adopting regulations that are in accordance with international rules.

Another high priority is raising the country’s business environment indicator to higher than the ASEAN average.

More State-own enterprises would be restructured. The Government aims to adapt them according to the principles of the market economy. But preferential policies would also be created to stimulate private growth.

The new resolution, “Resolution 19/NQ-CP/2015” also recommended the privatization of a number of public services. It advocated for giving key sectors such as education, health care and technology more autonomy.

The Government was to run a pilot programme to test a number of projects, using the public-social partnership approach.

Read more …

Government pushes for reforms to improve business environment, Mar 13, 2015

Vietnam gov’t vows to improve business environment to match regional leaders in 2015-16, Mar 21, 2015

Resolution 19/NQ-CP/2015, Mar 12, 2015 | VietnameseEnglish |

Monitoring and Evaluation Tools

World Bank Doing Business Rankings

World Bank Doing Business / Trading Across Borders (Import 21 days, Export 21 days),

World Bank Logistics Performance Index (2.65, 2.68, 2.81 in 2010, 2012, 2014)

World Customs Organization “Time Release Study”

Additional Background

Prime Minister’s 2014 New Year’s Message
“The interaction between State agencies, between the State apparatus and socio-political organizations must be strengthened. Dialogues with the people and businesses must be expanded under various forms to promote closer relationship between the State, cadres, civil servants and the people and better match policy and legislation with reality.”
“Phải tăng cường tương tác giữa các cơ quan trong bộ máy nhà nước và giữa bộ máy nhà nước với các tổ chức Chính trị – xã hội. Mở rộng đối thoại với người dân và doanh nghiệp bằng nhiều hình thức để Nhà nước, cán bộ, công chức gần dân hơn và chủ trương, chính sách, pháp luật sát với thực tiễn hơn.”

Resolution 19/NQ-CP/2014, Mar 18, 2014
Three of the key performance metrics include ASEAN-6 averages by 2015: reduce time required to start new businesses to no more than 6 days; reduce tax procedures to 171 hours/year (876 hour/yr in Vietnam in 2013); reduce the time for import to 13 days and export 14 days (21 days for both import and export in Vietnam in 2013).

Prime Minister Urges Customs Improvements, July 2014
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the customs department to upgrade import-export procedures to regional standards, saying the extra time taken in Viet Nam is “unacceptable.” In a stern assessment, he said many customs staff ignored their responsibilities and lacked a “service-minded” attitude. “There are cases of corruption, harassment and causing trouble for people and enterprises. YouTube video:

Prime Minister, Fatherland Front Chairman (Nguyen Thien Nhan) 2015 Annual Meeting
Focus to Improve Tax, Customs Procedures, Feb 12, 2015
Government, ministries, local authorities must provide information, and consultations, … the Fatherland Front must get ideas and recommendations from the people, especially regarding taxes and customs, “…if policies are for the benefit of the people, then especially the people have to give their opinions.” Thủ tướng Nguyễn Tấn Dũng khẳng định Chính phủ, các Bộ, ngành địa phương sẽ tiếp tục đẩy mạnh việc chủ động cung cấp thông tin, tăng cường các hoạt động giải trình, giải đáp (4:08 – 4:20); mong muốn MTTQ tiếp tục thực hiện tốt công tác tiếp nhận các ý kiến phản hồi cũng như những kiến nghị, đề xuất của nhân dân (4:31 … ) và “… đặc biệt … trong lĩnh vực thuế và hải quan” (4:41 – 4:51), ” … chính sách đem lại lợi ích cho người dân, vì vậy thì chính là người dân cần phải đóng góp ý kiến” (4;58 – 5:20)

Feb Cabinet Meeting, 2015
Improving business environment and national competitiveness requires specific targets and solutions, stressed PM Nguyen Tan Dung at the Cabinet’s meeting held on Mar 1. In this spirit, the Cabinet members deliberated on a draft resolution on key tasks and solutions to improve business environment and national competitiveness in 2015, which will detail assignments of each ministry, agency and locality.

HCM City Leaders Meet with FDI Business Associations and Companies, Mar 4, 2015
“City leaders pledge to (1) cut red tape, reduce administrative procedures; (2) increase business-government consultations to make the business environment fair, transparent, efficient; and (4) actively develop proposals to the local authorities and the central government to develop the most favorable policies for enterprises to expand their business. At the same time, leaders requested that (4) “FDI companies increase production, expand business, and (5) work to integrate domestic firms into your supply chains. (6) If you face any difficulty or problem, please contact promptly the City’s leaders and related departments so that they can offer timely solutions.”

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