Bac Ninh aims to enter top 5 localities in PCI rankings hinh anh 1Chairwoman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Huong Giang (Photo: VNA)
Bac Ninh (VNA) – The northern province of Bac Ninh is applying measures with the aim of rising to the top five localities in the provincial competitiveness index (PCI) rankings, according to Chairwoman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Huong Giang.

Giang noted that in 2020, Bac Ninh stood at the 10th position out of 63 cities and provinces across the country in PCI rankings with 66.74 points, dropping six places over the previous year, but still in the group of localities with good results.

In order to improve its PCI ranking, Bac Ninh will design policies to support human resources development and create favourable conditions for goods circulation, while assisting local firms in applying pandemic prevention and control measures and recovering production and business in the new normal situation in the rest of 2021.

The province will reform its mechanisms and policies to make them transparent, open, attractive, and unique, thus improving the local business and investment environment, attracting more strategic investors, contributing to boosting socio-economic development in the 2021-2025 period and following years, according to the provincial leader.

She said that Bac Ninh will also focus on enhancing its sustainable and long-term competitiveness by continuously improving its performance in PCI criteria and component indexes in the next five years.

To this end, the provincial leader asked local agencies, sectors and localities to effectively implement a project to reform operations and enhance the quality of public services at the provincial Centre for Public Administration and the “single window” offices during the processing of administrative procedures.

At the same time, it is necessary to reduce direct contacts as well as unofficial cost, while saving time and increasing transparency in dealing with administrative procedures for locals, businesses and organisations, she stressed.

The provincial People’s Committee Chairwoman also asked departments, sectors and localities across the province to strengthen the application of information technology in processing administration procedures and providing online public services.

Each quarter, the province will make public its planning and plans on land use, construction and other sectors, and the list of projects calling for investment, and at the same time appealing for ideas and feedback for timely adjustments.

One of the drastic measures that Bac Ninh will apply is to continue enhancing the quality and responsibility of its officials and public servants, with leaders of department and agencies playing the role of setting example and taking greater responsibility for affairs under their management.

At the same time, Bac Ninh will mete out strict punishment to officials and public servants committing violations of laws and regulations, said Giang.

In order to develop services supporting businesses, improve indexes related to land use and assist local labourers, the provincial leader asked departments and sectors to coordinate closely with the Centre for Public Administration of the province to build necessary legal documents related to investment, construction and land-use, aiming to save time and simplify administrative procedures in line with the yearly plan of administrative reform.

Giang also asked for the regular gathering of opinions and feedback from businesses through dialogues, thus making timely adjustments and designing solutions to remove obstacle facing them.

Meanwhile, Bac Ninh will concentrate on building its own trademark with an aim to make the province an attractive destination for domestic and foreign investors.

Last year, the industrial hub in northern Vietnam saw the establishment of 2,390 new firms and 771 subordinate units with a total registered capital of over 24.12 trillion VND (1.04 billion USD), up 2 percent in number and 8.6 percent in capital. 

As of the end of 2020, Bac Ninh was home to 18,879 firms with a total registered capital of over 284.35 trillion VND, more than 18,200 of them are working with a combined registered capital of over 280.7 trillion VND./.