The capital city of Hanoi must improve the environment of
investment, production and business in order to boost its provincial
competitiveness index (PCI), according to Vice Chairman of Hanoi
People’s Committee Nguyen Van Suu.
Suu made the
remark at a recent seminar in Hanoi , aiming to raise the city’s PCI
rankings, which was the 51 st out of the country’s 63 provinces and
cities last year, 15 places lower than its performance in 2011,
according to survey results conducted by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce
and Industry (VCCI).
Among nine categories to
compose the PCI, Hanoi was in the top group in terms of labour
training, but it dropped to the bottom of the list regarding land access
and stability in land use.
Th e party committee
and the People’s Committee of the city were forced into gathering all
relevant departments and agencies to figure out the reasons behind the
disappointing performance and propose ways to enhance PCI, thus
improving the confidence of organisations, enterprises and people.
Suu asked the municipal units to further push administrative reforms
with focus on administrative procedures and the implementation of a
one-stop mechanism, to remove difficulties for businesses.
Tran Huy Sang, Director of the Municipal Department of Home Affairs,
also affirmed that Hanoi attaches importance to improving PCI
rankings and boosting its socio-economic development.
Hanoi People’s Committee had previously issued a plan to boost rankings in the period from 2011-2015.
Despite its poor PCI showing, Hanoi recorded a 7.7 percent ec onomic
growth rate in the first six months of this year, a relatively high
figure in the context of economic hardship nationwide.
The PCI programme is part of the US Agency for International
Development’s Vietnam Competitiveness Initiative (USAID/VNCI), which has
been implemented since 2005. All 63 provinces and cities have used PCI
to devise their own economic policies and development strategies.-VNA