|People queue at the single-window inspections and single-stop inspections (SWI/SSI) at the Lao Bao-Densavan Viet Nam-Laos border gate. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau
QUANG TRI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked ministries and agencies to review the operation of single-window inspections and single-stop inspections (SWI/SSI) at the Lao Bao-Densavan Viet Nam-Laos border gate.
The new model became operational on February 6, with close co-operation between the Viet Nam-Laos special working team managed by the two countries' foreign affairs ministries, the central province of Quang Tri and the neighbouring province of Savannakhet in Laos.
Phuc said the new model would halve the time required for customs clearance procedures, and promote connections and trading between the two countries.
The new model would be a remarkable step with local authorities and other countries expanding business exchanges at international border gates across the East-West economic corridor, as well as other key corridors in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), Phuc said.
It was the first time the new model was implemented at the border gates between the two countries in the Mekong region in particular, and ASEAN in general, with the assistance of the countries in the region and the Asian Development Bank.
It is also a good example for further deployment of this model at other international gates.
However, these are only the initial results. The authorities said the regulations and procedures need to be simplified further and more public labourers would be needed to work at the border checkpoint.
Phuc has asked the provincial People's Committee to direct and supervise the operational checks at the border gate, and also to coordinate with ministries, sectors and relevant agencies to resolve current difficulties.
The province needs to repair and upgrade infrastructure to create favourable conditions for checking import-export goods at the checkpoint, he said.
The province should also coordinate with the interior ministry and relevant agencies to suggest the number of essential labourers required for work there.
The deputy minister also asked the transportation ministry, in coordination with the foreign affairs ministry, to continue to mobilise ADB support in the implementation of Viet Nam's commitments made under the GMS Cross-Border Transport Facilitation Agreement.
He said the ministries of health, and agriculture and rural development would exchange ideas with Laos to combine declaration samples and give quarantine certificates to animals and plants, as well as on the testing process at the Lao Bao and Densavan border gates between two countries. — VNS