PM uses Tet address to talk of efforts to tackle continuing blight on economy.
In his Tet address, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung spoke of achievements in the fight against smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeits but also acknowledged there is much to be done.
The PM not only emphasized the negative impacts of the activities on the State revenue, a weakening economy, and corruption levels, but also the health of consumers and, most importantly, their trust. The government has already implemented solutions to prevent such acts, introducing a National Steering Committee against Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Counterfeits, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
In 2014 many such acts were exposed and handled by authorities, such as petroleum smuggling in Thanh Hoa province, coal smuggling in Quang Ninh province, drug dealing in Son La province, illegal money transfers across the border in Tay Ninh province, and tobacco smuggling in Hai Phong city. Nevertheless, the situation continues and becomes more serious in nature during the Tet holiday.
Prime Minister Dung pointed out that the situation stems from various causes but in particular is because Vietnam’s production scale is still small, competitiveness is low, and laws have not been well drafted in assigning the rights and responsibilities of related government forces, which creates the conditions and loopholes for smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeits to take place. Moreover, the anti-smuggling force is reported to lack the necessary equipment while some corrupt officials have taken advantage of their positions and powers to support smuggling activities.
The PM therefore committed to improving Vietnam’s production scale and competitiveness while improving laws and regulations in order to remove loopholes while promoting effective coordination between related government agencies. Investigations of smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeit are to be carried out aggressively and frequently. Last but not least, he called for the people and the media to be involved in fighting such acts in order to ensure a healthy and efficient business environment.