Thua Thien Hue: Long Strides in Investment and Business Environment Improvement


Carrying out the “Year of Business” and the “Year of Administrative Order and Discipline” in 2017, Thua Thien Hue province has adopted many solutions and activities to accelerate administrative procedure reform, raise the spirit and sense of responsibility of civil servants, invest in essential infrastructure and remove difficulties for enterprises, among other things, in a bid to better mobilise investment resources in infrastructure for production, economic development, environmental protection and social security guarantee. The Vietnam Business Forum Magazine has an interview with Nguyen Van Cao, Chairman of the Thua Thien Hue Provincial People’s Committee, on this issue. Ngo Khuyen reports.

While speeding up the enforcement of Resolution 35/NQ-CP dated May 16, 2016, of the Government on business support and development to 2020, Thua Thien Hue province also defined and carried out activities in the “Year of Business” in 2016. How has this motivated business environment improvement and business development?

To carry out the Year of Business in 2016, the province promoted receipt and processing of information through hotline channels, electronic information portals, direct exchanges (twice a month) and regular meetings. Thua Thien Hue also promulgated regulations on coordination of inspection of enterprises after they register establishment (overlapping inspection is avoided) and mobilised eligible individual business households to upgrade into corporate entities. The province also executed many solutions to remove difficulties, accelerate site clearance, deploy bank – business connection programme.

New reforms in investment attraction and positive changes in morale and attitudes of civil servants have made long strides in investment and business environment improvement. As a result, in 2016, the province had 609 newly established enterprises, the highest in five years, bringing the total number of active enterprises to 6,600. Also in the year, the province issued investment certificates to 36 domestic direct projects and 12 foreign direct investment projects. It also caught the interest of big domestic corporations like Vingroup, Bitexco, BRG and Viettravel as well as foreign investors like Hilton, Amata, Banchak, Banpu and Kaiokai.

2017 is also the “Year of Business” and the “Year of Administrative Order and Discipline”. What are the central administrative objectives and tasks of all levels of government?

To achieve the above objectives, the province has carried out consistent directions and solutions, focusing on the following tasks:

(1) Seriously carrying out Resolution 02-NQ/TU dated July 20, 2016 of the Provincial Party Committee on promoting public administration reform, raising the effectiveness and performance of State apparatus in Thua Thien Hue province in the 2016 – 2020 period. The Provincial People’s Committee has stepped up the review of administrative procedures to reduce the service time.

(2) Focusing on clearing difficulties and obstacles, speeding up the investment disbursement for key projects in tandem with strict management of capital transfer and resolute revocation of sluggish projects. The Provincial People’s Committee will soon issue priority policies to support reputable and potential investors and large projects to create momentum for long-term economic development.

(3) Speeding up the implementation of agricultural restructuring project, stimulating agricultural restructuring and enhancing the productivity and efficiency of agricultural production.

(4) Focusing on raising service quality and exploiting tourist potential; quickening the socialised conservation, operation and promotion of Hue Monuments and world cultural heritages recognised by UNESCO. The province will develop and implement plans to revise the tourism space in Hue City.

(5) Further investing in building essential infrastructure for industrial zones and launching business start-up and support programmes, creating conditions for the formation of larger enterprises to lead the local business community.

The operation of district-level public administrative centres (from April 1, 2017) and the upcoming Provincial Public Administrative Centre is seen as a breakthrough to promote administrative reform, improve the business environment and enhance local competitiveness. Do you have any thoughts to share about this?

Putting public administrative centres into operation is a breakthrough in public administration reform, helping the province to achieve its goal of all State administrative agencies from the district level upwards to provide all public services online at Level 3, 50 per cent of Level 4 public services online and 30 per cent of administrative procedures received and delivered online at Level 4 by 2020. As a result, the province will be able to form a modern, transparent public administration, create a friendly and simple service for citizens and organisations when they come to State agencies to deal with administrative procedures.

To implement Resolution 35/NQ-CP of the Government dated May 16, 2016, the Thua Thien Hue Provincial People’s Committee issued Plan 114/KH-UBND dated July 29, 2016. On August 24, 2016, the province continues to sign commitments with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) to create favourable business environment for enterprises. How have Plan 114/KH-UBND and commitments with VCCI been executed?

1. Public administration reform facilitates businesses:

2. Creating a favourable environment, supporting enterprises to start up a business, renovate and upgrade technology.

3. Ensuring business rights, equal access to resources and business opportunities for all, building and implementing business connectivity support activities by industry and value chain.

4. Reducing business costs

5. Protecting legitimate rights and interests of the business

6. Supporting and attracting investors



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