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Saturday, September 23, 2017

PM asks for lifting business fees

Updated: 10:26’ - 01/09/2017

Administrative procedures in many ministries, sectors and localities remain complex, causing difficulties for enterprises, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the monthly Government meeting on August 30.

He urged ministries, sectors and localities to focus on addressing administrative procedures, especially lifting fees and taxes from enterprises.
 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the Government's August meeting__Photo: VNA

“Many enterprises reported that it takes great efforts to manufacture products but procedures to consume and export these products are more complicated. Some say that raising chickens takes only 40 days but it is more complicated and takes longer to consume and export chickens,” Phuc said.

It takes a month to get licenses from the Drug Administration of Vietnam or the Department of Medical Equipment and Works under the Ministry of Health, causing public concern, he said.

The Government hopes to reduce fees for enterprises this year, however, some fees, such as build-operate-transfer (BOT) ones, remain high, some toll plazas are in inappropriate places, and according to statistics, enterprises have to pay 70 types of transport fees, he said.

The PM asked the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport to look at regulations on BOT fees to create conditions for enterprises to grow.

Inspection fees for imports and exports remain high, he said, adding that up to 35 percent of good batches are subject to these fees while the goal is to reduce this to 15 percent.

He also said that social insurance premiums for businesses are high. According to the World Bank, Vietnamese enterprises have to pay social insurance premiums 12 times per year, with the procedure taking 189 hours in total. Meanwhile, it takes Thailand only 48 hours and Indonesia 46 hours.

Efforts have been made to drastically reform administrative procedures but there has been no change in some sectors and units, he said.

“Ministers must propose specific solutions for each sector to lift difficulties to boost and build social trust, contributing to general development of the economy,” Phuc said.- (VNS/VLLF)

 

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