Deputy PM calls for further red tape cuts

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said there is a strong need to simplify administrative procedures relating to investment, construction and land for the benefit of enterprises and locals.

He was addressing a meeting yesterday with the concerned ministries and sectors on introducing administrative reforms in investment, construction and land.

Phuc noted that there are quite a few inconsistencies in some regulations, such as the Laws on Investment, Enterprises and Construction, which cause problems for both management agencies and businesses.

Several administrative procedures overlap and are complicated, he stated, adding that the "one-stop" mechanism has, so far, not been implemented effectively.

He pointed out that it is more apt to describe the current implementation of the "one-stop" mechanism as "one door with numerous locks".

During the meeting, representatives from various ministries and sectors admitted to several shortcomings in the current administrative procedures.

The deputy PM urged all sectors and ministries to improve the quality of the staff involved in implementing the "one-stop" mechanism, while enhancing supervision and transparency.

He also urged ministries, companies and local authorities to work together to create a list of required procedures and estimated time periods for handling various procedures.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment also needs to consider the various shortcomings and limitations of the legal documents pertaining to land, planning and investment and work closely with the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) in preparing proposals for the required amendments by the second quarter of this year.

MPI Deputy Minister Dang Huy Dong said a review on the ministry's administrative regulations relating to investment, construction and land showed that investors had to follow 18 different procedures relating to land, construction and the environment to obtain permission for proceeding with a project.

To simplify administrative procedures, he noted that it is necessary to introduce the "one-stop" mechanism, which permits investors to submit all the required documents at a single window.


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