PM urges accelerating administrative procedure reform

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has stressed that the reform of administrative procedures must be accelerated to bolster growth, noting that the public and business community still complain about prolonged and cumbersome administrative processes in many State agencies.

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At a working session with the Administrative Procedure Control Department and the Advisory Council for Administrative Procedure Reform on August 16, the PM said the top requirement at present is to cut procedures in order to complete the disbursement of VND1,500 trillion (US$6.6 billion) of investment capital from all sources within this year. 

He also requested improving taxation and customs procedures to boost export, which is a key factor to growth. 

PM Phuc repeated the requirement to reduce expenses for enterprises and to limit inspections and audits to just once a year for each enterprise.

According to the advisory council, despite the drastic instructions of the Government and Prime Minister, ministries, sectors and local administrations continue to issue or maintain unreasonable regulations, thus hindering business and production activities as well as people’s daily life. 

The council said the drafting and promulgation of policies and administrative procedures are still influenced by the “ask-give” mechanism, partial thinking and vested interest. 

Therefore, the Government’s Office asked the PM for permission to carry out independent review of all regulations on administrative procedures as stipulated in legal documents issued by localities since 2015 up to now, with a view to detecting and revising unnecessary, unreasonable and illegal procedures. 

On behalf of the business community, Chairman of the Young Entrepreneurs Association Bui Van Quan said the problem lies in the implementation despite the resolve at the central level. 

Chairman of the Vietnam Bar Federation Do Ngoc Thinh was also of the view that while the reform policy is in the right direction, the enforcement remains weak. 

“The bottleneck in the process of reforming institutions and policies lies in the departments (of ministries),” Director of the Central Institute for Economic Management Nguyen Dinh Cung said. He called on ministers to be more sensitive to difficulties faced by enterprises in order to make suitable instructions.
VNA

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