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HCM City (VNA) – A seminar took place in Ho Chi Minh City on June 20 discussing the enforcement of Resolution No.19 and the reform of regulations on product quality management and food safety.

The resolution, promulgated by the government on February 6, 2017, aims to improve the business climate and national competitiveness with orientations to 2020.

Participants said firms could save 800 million USD annually if time for customs clearance is reduced by one day, and another 4 billion USD each year if logistics cost is cut by 1 percent.

Several exporters voiced concern that they have not received sampling results for more than one year, making it hard for them to bring products onto the market. As of result, they have incurred losses and been left with high inventories.

Responding to this matter, Nguyen Thi Mai Huong from the Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality suggested separating State management from quality assessment units’ activities and simplifying procedures for licensing certificates of conformity to imports, among others.

She said it is necessary to reach a set of capacity standards for quality assessment units to avoid wastefulness.

The event was co-hosted by the Central Institute for Economic Management and the US Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Governance for Inclusive Growth programme. - VNA