PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the Cabinet meeting (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc underlined the need to create an open environment for commercial activities while chairing the Cabinet’s regular meeting on July 4, which focused on building institutions, laws and policies. 

He made the request after hearing reports on the review, amendment and supplement of legal regulations relating to land, construction, housing, business investment and planning. 

He said except for products specified by the National Assembly and the Government, trade and investment development should not be hindered by any conditions. 

Institutional building in this field must be based on the Government’s Resolution 19-2016/NQ-CP on measures to improve national business climate and competitiveness, he said. 

Regarding the draft Planning Law, the PM requested the avoidance of overlapping in planning work, which, he said, would lead to wastefulness and inefficiency. 

Talking about the Public Investment Law, he assigned the Ministry of Planning and Investment to coordinate with relevant ministries to review the draft law and report outstanding problems to the Government before July 30, in order to submit them to the NA Standing Committee and the NA for adjustments. 

In particular, PM Phuc called attention to problems hindering the disbursement of public investment capital over the past time, saying that they should be addressed in order to make it easier for decentralisation, management and empowerment of ministries, agencies and localities, he said. 

On this occasion, the government leader required the Ministry of Transport to announce the cost for the construction of each km of road. 

At the meeting, Cabinet members debated the draft Law on State Secrets, the draft amended Law on National Defence and the draft amended law amending and supplementing several articles of the Law on Judicial Records, along with a draft decree amending and supplementing several articles of Decree 67 on measures to enforce the Law on Prevention and Control of Tobacco Harms.-VNA