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Son La (VNA) – A scientific seminar on improving provincial competitiveness for business development took place in the northern mountainous province of Son La on May 31.

Speaking at the event, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Hoang Van Chat said the province recently honoured cooperatives and firms earning more than 200 million VND per ha of land and over 2 billion VND per ha of water on average.

Of the total 1,959 businesses in the locality, highly profitable ones account for a mere 0.7 percent.

As scheduled, a provincial public administrative centre will be put into operation on June 2.

According to the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), 63 percent of local firms said they face red tape while going through administrative procedures, and all surveyed businesses met difficulties in administrative procedures regarding land and had to pay unofficial fees.

Nguyen Ngoc Son, permanent Vice President of the provincial Business Association, expressed wish that the province would take more steps to further improve business climate.

Deputy head of the VCCI Department of Legal Affairs Pham Ngoc Thach asked Son La to review and improve the processing of administrative procedures for businesses as well as supply of information on the websites of authorities at all levels.

The event was co-hosted by the provincial People’s Committee, the VCCI and the provincial Union of Science-Technology Associations.-VNA