Old bureaucratic habits die hard

11:05 | 24/01/2019 Society

(VEN) - Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh said recently that administrative reform is progressing slowly because businesses and people still keep submitting paper documents even as many administrative procedures are now available online.

old bureaucratic habits die hard
The Ministry of Industry and Trade attaches importance to the review of administrative procedures

“We must set a target of making administrative procedures more and more user friendly, and that should be the core of administrative reform,” Khanh said. He proposed that authorities continue to review all administrative procedures and business conditions in order to simplify them.

In 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Trade issued almost 40 guiding documents on administrative reform, focusing on improvement of the investment environment and business facilitation.

According to a presentation at a December-18 administrative reform workshop sponsored by the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Hanoi, the ministry accomplished 93 percent of its 2018 institutional reform target.

On the same day, five new procedures of the Ministry of Industry and Trade were connected to the National Single Window (NSW), taking the total number of the ministry’s formalities connected to the NSW to 12. The five new procedures include licensing procedures of explosive pre-substance imports; industrial pre-substance imports and exports licensing procedures; procedures on licensing cigarette imports for non-commercial purposes; procedures on requesting approval to participate in pilot self-certification of product origin in ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations); and procedures on announcing quota for tobacco and cigarette paper imports.

As of November 28, 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Trade submitted to the government for approval five decrees and one prime ministerial decision, and issued 48 circulars, reaching 93 percent of the year target.

In 2019, the ministry will continue to strengthen its organizational apparatus in accordance with Government Decree 98/2017/ND-CP, stimulate administrative training for employees, enhance information technology (IT) application, promote e-government construction and provision of high-level online public services; and strengthen the connection of high-level online public services with the National Single Window and ASEAN Single Window.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has completed a review of its administrative procedures to prepare the

simplification plans for implementation in the 2019-2020 period.

Quang Loc