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PM: 'Interest groups' will not manipulate policies

Released at: 19:07, 24/06/2016

PM: 'Interest groups' will not manipulate policies

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Ministers responsible for decrees will be held accountable if shortcomings revealed after issuance.

by Quoc Uy

The government will not allow special interest groups to manipulate policies, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on June 23 at a government meeting on law creation.

The Law on Enterprises and the Law on Investment both took effect on July 1, 2015 but the central government has yet to issue new decrees providing specific guidance for their implementation.

There are currently 114 legal documents that set out requirements for 167 different occupations and business sectors that were issued by various ministries but under the new Law on Investment they will expire on July 1. The central government must issue new regulations to replace them as ministries will no longer have the authority to regulate the fields.

At the meeting, government members agreed to ensure the progress and quality of guidance documents that will come into effect from July 1, especially those relating to the Law on Investment and the Law on Enterprises.

According to the Office of the Government, 49 out of 50 draft decrees submitted by relevant ministries are awaiting the Prime Minister’s approval.

Failure to issue decrees before July 1 will create a “legal gap” that could substantially affect the government’s management and the country’s investment and business environment.

The Prime Minister stressed that the new decrees must remove barriers and create favorable conditions for people and businesses to promote productivity and economic growth. Ministries have been asked to cut unnecessary business requirements and permits and avoid issuing new regulations that may hamper people’s daily activities and business operations.

Ministries were also asked to make public the draft decrees they have prepared so that citizens and businesses subject to the regulations can provide feedback.

The minister responsible for their ministerial decrees will be accountable to the Prime Minister if shortcomings are found after decrees are issued.

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