At the conference (Photo: baochinhphu.vn)

HCM City (VNA) – Criteria to measure the efficiency of the administrative procedure reform must be set up to improve business climate, experts said at a conference held by the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) in Ho Chi Minh City on April 19.

CIEM Vice President Phan Duc Hieu stated that although administrative reform has brought back positive results to the country in recent years, there should be specific criteria to evaluate its impact on businesses like time and cost savings.

The evaluation must be carried out by an independent organisation, he noted.

Nguyen Minh Thao, head of the CIEM’s Business Environment and Competitiveness Department, underlined that the Government’s drastic measures to slash down the number of administrative procedures and amend regulations on management and inspection have made contributions to the enterprises’ business performance.

However, the achievements are still below the Government’s target to elevate Vietnamese business environment to ASEAN’s top four, she noted, adding that improvement in business climate have been uneven across ministries, branches and localities.

Experts at the event stressed that the compulsory application of information and technology in providing public administrative services must be put at the first line of solutions to bettering business climate. Meanwhile, most of the public services involving citizens and businesses should be launched at level 3 and level 4 which allow online payments and applications.

The efficiency of the administrative procedure reform must be measured based on level of investor protection, level of access to resources and index of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.-VNA