Concrete steps to better the joint inspection of improvements to the business environment and tax and customs competitiveness was outlined at a recent meeting in Hanoi.

Participants to the July 8 event were assistant teams and the eight-member Steering Committee of the joint inspection programme, headed by Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vu Tien Loc and Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Van Pha.

They agreed that the joint inspection programme will be carried out in three groups of activities in 2015.

In group one, surveys on 200 business associations and sub-unions of the Vietnam Cooperatives Union nationwide will be conducted. Group two will do interviews at border gates and tax and customs agencies in key economic regions and in major fields such as seafood, garment-textile, steel, footwear, food and coffee.

Group three is responsible for reporting the survey outcomes and proposing solutions to improve tax and customs competitiveness.

Administrative reforms related to amending unnecessary formalities and reducing time and cost for businesses in tax payment and goods customs clearance will be under examination.

The coordination plan will also collect proposals and feedback from businesses on the implementation of Government Resolution 19/2015/NQ-CP on major solutions to improve the national business climate and competitiveness between 2015 and 2016.-VNA