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Quang Ninh (VNA) – Authorities of northern Quang Ninh province held a conference on January 23 to announce the 2016 competitiveness index of its departments, agencies and districts.

The index was based on a set of criteria for information transparency and access, leadership dynamism, time cost, unofficial expenses, fair competition, support for enterprise, legal regulations and top officials’ responsibility.

The provincial People’s Committee in coordination with the provincial Business Association and Vietsurvey group polled 989 local businesses, 15 departments and agencies, and 14 districts to compile the index.

Accordingly, Co To island district leads the 14 districts in the province with 76.78 points, followed by Hoang Bo district (64.85 points), Uong Bi city (64.09 points) and Mong Cai city (55.69 points).

The Quang Ninh Taxation Department tops the competitiveness rankings of 15 provincial departments and agencies with 81.87 points, followed by the provincial Department of Planning and Investment (70.15 points), the Department of Industry and Trade (59.23 points), and the Customs Department (53.52 points). The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Hai Ha district are at the bottom.

Vu Tien Loc, Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, hailed Quang Ninh’s initiatives such as building an administrative centre and establishing an independent and effective investment promotion agency.

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Long said the province has paid special attention to improving business climate over the past time. Provincial authorities have held regular meetings with more than 1,100 enterprises and investors in Quang Ninh to promptly remove difficulties, while cutting time to process administrative procedures involving taxation, customs, social insurance and business registration.

In 2015, Quang Ninh ranked third among 63 cities and provinces nationwide in terms of the provincial competitiveness index./.