An automobile assembling factory (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Local enterprises face barriers in doing business, and they expect the State to improve the domestic business environment in order to encourage the development of enterprises.

Experts said at a dialogue on abolishing barriers in doing business on the occasion of Business’ Day – October 13 held by BizLIVE online magazine on October 11.

At the dialogue, Doan Duy Khuong, Deputy Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), said over the last few years, Vietnam has achieved a high growth rate in gross domestic product (GDP) across the region and the world, but now, growth had begun trending downwards.

VCCI has combined with the ASEAN Business Council and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy to rank the competitiveness of countries in the region. The result was not optimistic for Vietnam, Khuong said, as the financial environment and infrastructure in Vietnam was weaker than in many other ASEAN countries.

Vo Tri Thanh, former Deputy Director of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), said Vietnam’s economy has had many achievements and even more challenges.

In recent years, Vietnam has undertaken administrative reform, especially in regard to enterprises, to become more transparent and friendly, he said. However, the high transaction cost was one of the reasons that local enterprises could not become larger, because the cost involved would affect the revenue of the enterprises.

Lawyer Truong Thanh Duc, Chairman of the Basico Law Company, said there were three factors causing difficulties for local enterprises. They included barriers in doing business, technical standards and administrative procedures. For instance, the Ministry of Industry and Trade should be an agency to actively support the businesses, but the regulations of the ministry have created a lot of barriers, such as those on gas and land. These regulations have prevented small-sized enterprises from entering the market, Duc said.

Huong Vu, Deputy General Director of Ernst & Young Vietnam, said that existing policies were not consistent with reality. Vietnam has been undergoing a process of international integration, and many multinational companies have come to Vietnam, but accounting books must still be printed on paper. For a company that performs 20,000-30,000 internal transactions a day, it is impossible for them to store all transactions for a year.

The company has proposed sending soft copies of accounting books to the tax office but the office has not accepted this change, she said.

Meanwhile, Pham Thanh Hung, Deputy Chairman of Cengroup, said enterprises have often been worried about violating existing regulations and circulars due to their complexity. Therefore, Phi Ngoc Trinh, Deputy General Director of Ho Guom Garment Joint Stock Company, said local enterprises expected Resolution 35 to solve these difficulties and create a more favourable business environment.

Huong Vu said the Government should reform tax collection activities, if not Resolution 35 would be difficult to implement.

Khuong said the State’s relevant offices and the local business community have been compiling the Law on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to reduce barriers on production and business activities, and give more support to small and medium sized enterprises in their future development.-VNA