On 27 September 2016, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and the European Trade Policy and Investment Support Project (MUTRAP) co-hosted a Dialogue between the MoIT and the public on the administrative procedures in Hanoi. A same themed Dialogue was organised in Ho Chi Minh City on 29 September 2016 inviting representatives from the business community in the South of Vietnam.

The Dialogues were chaired by Vice Minister Tran Quoc Khanh and presented by the Ministry’s chief officials who are in charge of industry and trade administrative procedures. This is the 6th round of dialogues between MoIT and the public which is organised on an annual basis by MoIT.

MoIT's chief official presented on MoIT's actions towards improving administrative procedures

MoIT’s chief official presented on MoIT’s actions towards improving administrative procedures

Managing 8% (22/267) of the conditional businesses in Vietnam and 447 administrative procedures, MoIT plays an important role in improving the business environment in Vietnam. It is the leading Ministry that has completed the standardisation of administrative procedures under its management following the Government’s resolutions on streamlining administrative procedures towards a one-stop portal on the national and regional level. MoIT is considered by the public the most transparent and efficient Ministry within the Vietnamese Government. The responsiveness and the receptive attitude of public servants in MoIT are also highly appreciated by the public and the business community in Vietnam. Prior to the Dialogues, Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh had specifically directed a thorough assessment of all administrative procedures under the management of MoIT and called for urgent measures to resolve any impediments to the smooth operation of the businesses managed by MoIT.

At the Dialogue, the business community has openly voiced their concerns over a number of regulations such as conditions for gas businesses (Decree 19), importation of cars (Circular 20), fabric control in the textile sector (Circular 37), etc. Leaders of MoIT appreciated the contribution/recommendations of the public and stated that they would gather all opinions while proposing new amendments to submit for the Government’s approval.

Vice Minister Tran Quoc Khanh concluded the Dialogues by emphasizing MoIT’s continuous efforts to improve the business environment in Vietnam. At the same time, he highlighted the necessity to balance the ease of doing business (through licensing) with the monitoring/quality control of goods and services towards the ultimate interest of the consumers and the overall efficiency of the economy.

MoIT leaders in the Q&A session

MoIT leaders in the Q&A session

Written by: Thao Nguyen – EVBN Legal Consultant