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Private sector working with government in development

Released at: 08:48, 07/04/2017

Private sector working with government in development

Photo: Hai Van

Creation of a Favorable Business Environment, Promoting Trade Facilitation in Vietnam seminar hears of efforts by private sector to work with government.

by Van Dao

The private enterprise community is a companion of the government in economic development in 2017, Mr. Ngo Huy Giam, Secretary General of Vietnam Private Sector Forum (VPSF) told the Creation of a Favorable Business Environment, Promoting Trade Facilitation in Vietnam seminar held on April 4.

The aim of the forum was to bring into full play the pivotal and positive role of the business community and the private sector in working with the government and was held by VPSF together with the EU-Vietnam Trade and Investment Facilitation Investment Project (EU-MUTRAP).

Enterprises and business associations attending the conference also pointed out that difficulties and longstanding problems in the investment, production, and business environment have been proposed by many agencies but solutions are yet to be found.

Specific issues included problems in the implementation of tax procedures, social insurance, customs procedures, and specialized inspection management procedures (import / export licensing, quality control of food safety, animal and plant quarantine, and cultural inspection).

Associations such as the Vietnam Association of Logistics Services, the Association of Textiles, Footwear, Fisheries, Cotton, Wood and Forest Products, and the Japan Business Association, as well as Vietnamese enterprises, shared their thoughts at the seminar.

The VPSF also stated that management issues and regulations are in tune with the idea of a constructive government.

Mr. Giam also emphasized that consultation, cooperation, and public-private dialogue are solutions in dealing with the difficulties and longstanding policy and legal issues.

VPSF has also compiled a plan to assess and build reform solutions for enterprises based on their difficulties.

This will help businesses follow the progress of their petitions. Forums and associations will more actively participate in policy matters, and relevant agencies will understand business insights and views.

The difficulties in import-export procedures were also discussed. Mr. Hoang Ha, CEO of FPT Group, told VET that complex customs procedures have had a major impact on the import and export activities of manufacturing enterprises, including FPT.

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