Overview of the meeting (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam chaired a meeting on December 12 in Hanoi to review five years of implementing Resolution 19 regarding the enhancement of the business environment and national competitiveness, as well as measures to boost its efficiency in 2019.

He said that next year, the resolution will focus on four major tasks, including simplifying regulations related to business conditions, reforming professional management and examination and fostering links with the national public service portal.

The resolution also aims to promote e-payment and online public services, and form an eco-system for innovation, said the Deputy PM, who is also head of the National Council on sustainable development and competitiveness improvement.

He stressed the need for ministries and sectors to clarify their guidelines to localities.

“It is necessary to increase the responsibility and activeness of ministries and sectors in implementing the resolution,” he underlined.

Dr. Nguyen Dinh Cung, head of the Central Institute for Economic Management, said that in recent years, especially since 2016, there have been many indications that the business environment and competitiveness have improved.

He attributed the results to the direction of the Government and the Prime Minister, as well as heads of ministries and localities.

Cung noted that in 2018, half of business conditions have been cut, while the ratio of goods subjected to professional examination has also been reduced to 19.4 percent.

Many delegates said the resolution has been supported by the business community.

However, they said that in the future, it is necessary to improve matters related to the taxes.

Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong stressed the need for local departments to give more advice on how to improve localities’ indexes on business and environment and competitiveness.

Meanwhile, Deputy Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam Dao Minh Tu said e-payment and the provision of online public services at level four should be promoted, explaining it will contribute to fighting corruption and strengthening openness and transparency as well as reducing time and cost for businesses and people.-VNA