The central city of Da Nang held a workshop on June 9 to discuss ways to improve the provincial competitiveness index in 2011.

The city’s People’s Committee said in order to become a locality with good business and investment environment, the city needs to speed up the reform of administrative procedures and the management and provision of public services.

Da Nang should create favourable for businesses to have access to information to better understand its development strategy and orientations.

The city also needs to develop infrastructure in order to become a high-tech, tourism and environmentally friendly city.

The provincial competitiveness index (PCI), designed in 2005, is the result of a joint project between the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Vietnam Competitiveness Initiative, funded by USAID.

PCI is to assess and benchmark the performance of provincial governments in developing business-friendly regulatory environments for private sector development.

Last year, Da Nang topped the country for the third consecutive time in PCI./.