Ready for technical connectivity to ASEAN

08:27 | 04/10/2015 Cooperation

(VEN) - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung together with many ministerial leaders and ambassadors of several ASEAN countries recently pressed the button to officially launch Vietnam’s National Single Window Mechanism linked to ASEAN’s Single Window Mechanism as part of the itinerary towards the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community by the end of this year.

Ready for technical connectivity to ASEAN

Apart from integration commitments, building and completing a national single window mechanism meets the country’s demand for economic development and will facilitate the investment and business environment. The National Steering Committee headed by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh will direct the implementation of the national and ASEAN single window mechanisms. The General Department of Customs has been assigned to support the National Steering Committee.

Domestic itinerary

The National Single Window Mechanism was implemented in three phases. In the first phase, it connected the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Ministry of Transport. In the second phase, it connected the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Ministry of Health. In the third phase, it connected the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Information and Communications, and the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

In the first phase, the Ministry of Finance’s General Department of Vietnam Customs worked with the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Industry and Trade to launch a full array of one-stop administrative procedures related to maritime ship management, migration and transit via five international seaports, certification of country of origin of exports and imports within ASEAN (C/O Form D) according to the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement, procedures for licensing high-capacity motorbike imports, and procedures for licensing the import of substances which would damage the ozone layer. By August 27, almost 1,940 businesses had carried out seaport declaration via the Vietnam National Single Window.

In the second phase, the National Single Window Mechanism expanded the connectivity to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Ministry of Health. These ministries are currently training businesses and are step by step piloting the mechanism for mass application by the end of the year.

In the third phase, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Information and Communications, and the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism would be connected with the National Single Window Mechanism in terms of quality checks on imports on the quality check list, while at the same time granting licenses on the import of radio transmitters and toys. The third phase would run from September to the end of the year.

Ready to connect with ASEAN

Seven ASEAN member countries, including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, have announced the launch of their national single window mechanisms according to their commitments. Five among them, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, have announced that they will be ready to connect to ASEAN’s Single Window Mechanism from December 2015.

From August-September 2015, within the framework of the ASEAN Single Window Mechanism Pilot Project, Vietnam technically connected with ASEAN and exchanged electronic certification of country of origin of goods in accordance with the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement via national single window mechanisms of Vietnam and ASEAN member countries including Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. It is scheduled that all five member countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam will complete technical links by the end of October with preparation for full connection by December.

The implementation of Vietnam’s National Single Window Mechanism and ASEAN’s Single Window Mechanism will be pided into two phases. In the first phase from the end of this year Vietnam will focus on strengthening administrative procedures nationwide, implementing grade-four online public services, regarding officially-connected national single-window administrative procedures, connecting ASEAN’s Single Window Mechanism and sharing information on C/O Form D and ASEAN Customs Declaration Document (ACDD) among the four ready countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

In the second phase from 2016 to 2020, Vietnam will expand the National Single Window Mechanism to all ministries and sectors. All administrative procedures under the National Single Window Mechanism will be provided as grade-four online public services. During this phase, ASEAN’s Single Window Mechanism will be ready to connect with non-ASEAN trade partners to facilitate Vietnamese exports and increase control over imports.

According to Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the National Steering Committee for Vietnam’s National Single Window Mechanism and ASEAN’s Single Window Mechanism Vu Van Ninh, the establishment of the National Single Window Mechanism is a breakthrough in administrative reform and a drive towards e-government. “The Vietnamese government is determined to reform its administration, including administrative procedures, in order to make it professional, modern and effective,” said Vu Van Ninh.

Vietnam officially launched its National Single Window Mechanism and successfully connected to Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand via the ASEAN Single Window Mechanism on September 8. This was an important breakthrough and good news for domestic and foreign businesses.

 

Thu Hang

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