MoIT praised for pioneering red tape reform

10:21 | 18/10/2017 Society

(VEN) - At a recent meeting in Hanoi between the prime minister’s working team and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), Minister Mai Tien Dung, Head of the Government Office, praised the ministry’s strong determination to abrogate unnecessary investment and business procedures. 

moitpraised for pioneering red tape reform
A recent meeting between the government’s working team and MoIT officials

A pioneer in innovation

According to Nguyen Phu Cuong, Director of the MoIT’s Science and Technology Department, the government had assigned the ministry to check, amend and supplement 10 legal documents pertaining to specialized inspections of imported and exported goods. So far, the MoIT has dealt with eight of the documents. At the same time, it issued instructions (Decision 3648/QD-BCT and Circular 07/2017/TT-BCT) eliminating 420 out of 720 Harmonized System (HS) codes that are subject to inspection prior to customs clearance under the ministry’s management. The MoIT has also upgraded its inspection methods and its way of assessing law abidance by businesses.

On September 21, Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh signed a directive (Decision 3610a/QD-BCT) promulgating plans to slash 675 investment and business procedures (55.5 percent of the total) in the 2017-2018 period.

Minister Mai Tien Dung said that in the spirit of building a constructive government, state management should be neither too loose nor too tight. “The MoIT has pioneered efforts to simplify investment and business conditions to facilitate business development,” he added.

According to Minister Mai Tien Dung, cutting procedures does not mean reducing quality. The General Department of Vietnam Customs affirmed that goods with HS codes managed by the MoIT have been recognized as the best in quality following careful inspections.

Truong Van Cam, Vice President and Secretary General of the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association, said textile and garment companies are happy with Minister Tran Tuan Anh’s decision to abrogate a directive stipulating permissible formaldehyde content in textile and garment products. The decision has helped businesses save VND1.5 million for each inspection of sample products, and reduce customs clearance time by 2.4-3.8 days.

Objectives for a new period

Minister Mai Tien Dung said the MoIT should continue checking the list of goods to prevent overlapping management. As guided by the prime minister, each type of goods should be managed by only one specific ministry and sector. The time required for warehousing goods for customs clearance should also be reduced. Mutual recognition of inspection results should be increased among countries that have signed free trade agreements, especially among G7 countries, he added.

At the same time, the MoIT should promote specialized inspections of imported food products and propose a common principle for amending legal documents.

Phuong Lan & Hoang Quan