People are waiting for procession of administrative procedures. (Source: VNA)

Tra Vinh (VNA) – Chairman of the People’s Committee of the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh Dong Van Lam has directed provincial departments, sectors and localities to strengthen the application of information technology in improving provincial competiveness index (PCI).

He asked to update information in the province’s portal, with focus on legal documents, administrative procedures, tax, business registration, investment, industrial parks, bidding, budget and statistics.

At the same time, it is necessary to enhance the application of IT and one-stop-shop software as well as the provision of online public services, he urged.

Lam cited statistics of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2017 as saying that Tra Vinh ranked 37 out of 63 cities and provinces nationwide in term of PCI, five steps higher than that in 2016. Particularly, indicators in transparency, time cost, unofficial cost, dynamism, equal competitiveness, and labour training were improved, he noted, adding that its unofficial cost indicator topped the country.

Lam said that although the province’s market penetration indicator rose 36 positions with 8.09 points, the implementation of online one-stop-shop and public services has yet to be effective.

Meanwhile, the project of applying IT in administrative reform has been behind schedule, leading to a lack of information and data sharing among agencies.

The provincial leader also requested provincial departments and agencies to reduce business registration time and higher ratio of businesses processing their registration through new methods, along with the listing of business registration procedures in the public.-VNA