An overview of the press conference (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The implementation of the National Single Window (NSW) and ASEAN Single Window (ASW) customs mechanisms has produced positive results, facilitating trade development in Vietnam, said Deputy Finance Minister Vu Thi Mai at a press conference on July 19.

According to Mai, as of June 10, 11 ministries and sectors have connected to the NSW since it was launched in November 2014. As a result, 53 administrative procedures involving nearly 1.26 million documents of 22,000 enterprises have been handled through this mechanism.

By the end of this year, an additional 143 administrative procedures will be carried out through the mechanism, raising the total to 196, equivalent to 78 percent of the 251 procedures expected to be implemented by 2020, she added.

Regarding specialised inspections on imports and exports, Nguyen Cong Binh, deputy head of the Customs of Vietnam, said the customs sector has coordinated with relevant ministries and sectors to step up reform of modes of specialised inspections and management, and reviewed legal regulations on these works to detect shortcomings.

Deputy Minister Mai stated that the implementation of the NSW and reform of specialised inspections have created confidence and resolve in leaders at all levels.

They are aware of the need to hasten reform and apply new management technologies with international standards while making policies and institutions, she noted.

The business community has welcomed the change in Government agencies, and hoped that the Government will speed up the expansion of the implementation of the NSW mechanism and reform of specialised inspections.

Vietnam’s international organisations and development partners such as the World Bank, the European Union, the US, Japan and the Republic of Korea have acknowledged the Government’s reforms, she added.

The official said that a national conference on boosting the NSW and ASW customs mechanisms will be held on July 24.-VNA