The printing inudstry has told the Government to improve policies governing the industry so that it can reach its full potential.

They raised their voice at a workshop held on October 8 by Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and Vietnam Printing Association (Vinaprint).

The Chairman of Vinaprint Nguyen Van Dong said the Government should remove import permits and simplify business licensing procedures to help printers.

Dong proposed that the Ministry of Information and Communications, instead of the Ministry of Science and Technology, regulate terms for the use of imported machinery and equipment.

He said this meant printing companies would have to get approval from the information ministry to import second-hand machines and devices, Dong said.

The head of Gia Dinh Information Technology University, Nguyen Dang Liem, outlined several requirements to establish a printing company.

He suggested companies should be owned and represented by Vietnamese individuals or organisations.

Another requirement was at least a member of the board of directors was specialised in the printing profession, Liem added.

The chairman of Ho Chi Minh City Printing Association, Le Van Tron, said that many post-printing operations, including cutting, folding, assembling and binding, were done in private homes and were now managed by the authority.

This created a problem for those doing the work because householders were required to perform administrative procedures once carried out by printing companies.

Participants also showed concern about a policy that prevents domestic printing companies from cooperating with each other in processing end products.

The regulation was considered to limit companies' power in competing with foreign players.-VNA