|Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chairs a meeting of the Government's Steering Committee for Administrative Reform in Ha Noi yesterday. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Drastic measures are needed to streamline administrative procedures and better use information technology to bring Viet Nam's business climate indexes up to, or surpass, ASEAN averages in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the statement at a meeting of the Government's Steering Committee for Administrative Reform in Ha Noi yesterday.
Participants reviewed measures taken in the first half of 2015. Government, ministries and sectors simplified 4,431 of the 4,723 administrative procedures.
The Ministry of Finance stepped up transitioning to the ASEAN single-window mechanism, namely by coordinating with the Ministry of Transport to install the mechanism at five international seaports. The mechanism was also deployed to half of the nation's district-level localities.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade also piloted an online service that grants certificates of origin, which is increasingly important to Vietnamese exporters.
The General Department of Viet Nam Customs also expanded the application of the single-window mechanism. As a result, the time it took businesses to pay taxes during the first six months was considerably less than the same period last year.
At the meeting, the Steering Committee pointed out that some agencies lack an appropriate level of interest in administrative reform. Additionally, many officials and civil servants are scared of being held accountable for messing up the transition, thereby undermining their creativity and initiative.
Head of the committee, Deputy PM Phuc, ordered ministries, sectors and localities make heads of State administrative agencies feel more responsibility for meeting reform goals, enhance inspections and strictly deal with officials and civil servants who create obstacles for citizens and businesses.
Administrative procedures must be standardised, widely used and their outcomes published online, he added. — VNS