Co-organised by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Finance Ministry’s General Department of Vietnam Customs, the event attracted over 100 delegates from ministries, agencies, local customs and businesses.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam Customs Nguyen Cong Binh said administrative reform on exports-imports has been the top priority of the Government in recent years, adding that the Decree No.19 on improving business climate and national competitiveness requests reducing the rate of goods under specialised inspection in customs clearance to below 10% from 25% – 27% at present.
Despite achievements in administrative reform, the World Bank’s Doing Business Index pointed out that Vietnamese enterprises still meet difficulties in abiding by regulations on specialised inspection on exports-imports, he said.
Pham Thanh Binh, advisory expert for the USAID’s GIG project, said regulations on specialised inspection on exports-imports are set in laws, decrees and circulars of ministries and agencies, leading to overlapping in management.
Launched in November 2014, the national one-stop shop mechanism has so far connected with 11 out of 14 ministries and departments and 47 out of 284 administrative procedures on specialised inspection. However, a number of procedures on specialised inspection are yet to be conducted online.
The draft Decree on the national one-stop shop mechanism and specialised inspection on exports-imports will help simplify customs clearance procedures and establish an inter-sectoral mechanism to ensure effective coordination among units via the national one-stop shop.
The Vietnamese Government is also working with the USAID via the Governance for Inclusive Growth Programme to facilitate sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the country.