Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has lauded efforts made by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) to streamline administrative procedures, helping to increase national competitiveness. 

At a meeting held in Hanoi on April 19 to review the anti-corruption work at the two ministries in 2017, Deputy PM Binh, who is also deputy head of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption, noted achievements made by the MONRE and MOIT in asset and income declaration, which, he said, was conducted openly and transparently.

He said the MONRE actively implemented solutions to control, prevent and handle projects with potential environmental pollution like Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Co. Ltd in the central province of Ha Tinh, and Vietnam Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Limited in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang.

The MONRE has also assessed the implementation of policies, guidelines and laws on land and environment to amend the Land Law and the Law on Environmental Protection, he said.

However, Binh pointed out bottlenecks in land withdrawal for socio-economic projects, corrupt in land management in many localities, illegal mining and outdated technology in the mining sector, causing wastefulness of natural resources, as well as loose post-inspection supervision.

Reviewing the anti-corruption work in the MOIT, the Deputy PM applauded its transparent capital divestment from Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Corporation (Sabeco), describing this as an example for other sectors and units.

However, he said, the ministry failed to clarify responsibility of collectives and individuals committing wrongdoings.

Binh urged the two ministries to carry forwards the achievements and roll out plans to overcome the remaining shortcomings.-VNA