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Advisory council to help cut red tape

Update: April, 11/2013 - 10:07

HA NOI (VNS)— "Administrative procedures in Viet Nam are still costly and time-consuming, making us less competitive than other countries," said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

His words marked the beginning of an uphill battle for the Advisory Council for Administrative Procedure Reform, which officially made its debut yesterday. The council, which consists of 26 offices, aims to improve dialogue between the Government, businesses and the people.

Led by Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong, it will advise the Prime Minister on important matters related to administrative procedures nation-wide.

The council will keep track of the progress made by the ministries and local authorities in implementing administrative reforms and come up with new initiatives for such reforms.

Speaking at the ceremony, Phuc highlighted the council's responsibility to promote the role of independent consultants in establishing national standards for administrative procedure reform.

Cutting red tape had been a key part of the overarching national programme on administrative procedure reforms during the last decade and would continue to be in this decade, the deputy prime minister said. Doing so would improve the investment environment and make public services cheaper and more transparent. — VNS

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