The Ministry of Construction has cut or simplified 85 percent out of business and investment conditions - Illustrative image (Source: baoxaydung.com.vn)

Hanoi, (VNA) – The Ministry of Construction has cut or simplified 85 percent out of the 215 business and investment conditions, and eliminated five among the 17 conditional business lines.

The proportion exceeds 35 percent compared with the requirement set in the Prime Minister’s Directive No.20 on intensifying reform of specialised inspections, and cutting down and simplifying business and investment conditions. These figures reflect great efforts by the ministry’s units to improve the business environment and administrative reform, inside officials said.

At present, the Ministry is reviewing and proposing the removal of four other conditional business lines stipulated in legal documents.

Earlier, the ministry took the initiative in addressing difficulties for businesses through coordinating with the Government Office to organise a national teleconference to solve difficulties and shortcomings on policies and mechanisms related to construction investment. The function was presided over by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

To prepare for this teleconference, it had collected and considered over 2,000 petitions of voters, enterprises, and vocational associations and organisations, while coordinating with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in holding a conference to listen to businesses’ difficulties.

The ministry is currently working with related ministries to realise the teleconference’s outcomes as well as the Prime Minister’s conclusions at the event.

It has completed and submitted to the Government a resolution on some tasks and measures to ease difficulties and solv shortcomings on policies and mechanisms related to construction investment.

The ministry also submitted to and received the Government leader’s approval of a directive on stepping up the implementation of measures to shorten the duration of granting construction license and related procedures by more than 40 days.

In the second quarter of 2018, it piloted the establishment of a single window unit in charge of handling 22 out of 33 administrative procedures under authority of the Construction Minister.

During the three-month operation, the unit received 47 dossiers, of which 27 were handled as scheduled.-VNA