Last updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Hundreds of Administrative Procedures to Be RemovedPosted: Monday, January 09, 2017
The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade is committed to stepping up the administrative procedure reform to abolish hundreds in administrative procedures in a bid to better serve enterprises and citizens and perfect its apparatus.
Better PAR Index
Mr Tran Huu Linh, Chief of the Administrative Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said, according to the rankings of the Public Administration Reform Index (Par Index) 2015, the Ministry of Industry and Trade was ranked 18 out of 19 ministries and ministerial agencies.
Frankly admitting existing shortcomings, he said that the Ministry of Industry and Trade still has no specific provisions on the accountability of unit leaders; ineffective information and communication; insufficient legal inspection; and late update of administrative procedures on the national database portal. Furthermore, the quality of administrative procedures via sociological surveys still lacks necessity, reasonableness and convenience.
To enhance the quality and efficiency of administrative reform, the ministry will have to strictly implement regulations on the accountability of unit leaders; ensure the practicality and feasibility of lawmaking and policymaking progress; ensuring the publicity, transparency and modernisation of administrative procedures on its electronic information portal; inspecting, monitoring and urging the construction of supervisory process of public administration reform.
Mr Ngo Quang Phat, Deputy Director of the Administrative Reform Bureau under the Ministry of Home Affairs, said, in 2011-2020, the ministry will focus on institutional reform, personnel quality improvement, and public service quality improvement.
Abolishing and simplifying procedures
Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh recently signed Decision 4846 on approval of the overall plan for simplification of administrative procedures in State management 2017. Accordingly, the ministry will annul 15 administrative procedures and simplify 108 out of 443 procedures in its jurisdiction. This is considered an unprecedented reform in the history of this sector.
The elimination and simplification of administrative procedures is part of the Government’s joint efforts to better the investment and business environment towards the formation of a development-facilitating, public-serving and business-enabling government. Public administration reform in general and administrative procedure reform in particular are considered top priorities for enhancing the quality of institution building, integrating institution building with lawmaking and policymaking, and ensuring the consistency and effectiveness of administrative procedures across the nation.
Besides, the elimination and simplification of administrative procedures is aimed to fulfil Resolution 19 of the Government on key tasks and measures of enhancing the business environment and national competitiveness. Attention-grabbing fields included formaldehyde inspection and aromatic amine inspection in garments and textiles at border gates, import of automobiles of less than nine seats, LPG business, chemical declaration, energy access and energy labelling.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade is managing 443 administrative procedures in 19 fields at all four levels of government (central, provincial, district and commune), those efforts are not enough. Furthermore, administrative procedure reform is not only streamlining administrative procedures but also enhancing transparency and modernity of administrative procedures. Thus, reviewing and receiving opinions from the business community is essential.
The elimination and simplification of administrative procedures by the Ministry of Industry and Trade is aimed to better the investment and business environment towards the formation of a development-facilitating, public-serving and business-enabling government.