Business environment reform is the most efficient support for enterprises: GSO | Business

Business environment reform is the most efficient support for enterprises: GSO hinh anh 1Panasonic Life Solutions Vietnam Co, Ltd’s factory at the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) in Binh Duong province. Vietnam’s industrial production in the first two months of this year decreases by 6.3% year-on-year. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – In the face of domestic and
international economic difficulties, the most effective support for enterprises
is to create an equal, open and transparent business environment, according to
Do Thi Ngoc, head of the General Statistics Office (GSO)’s Department of
General Statistics.

This was one of the solutions GSO proposed to maintain
macro-economic stability and promote economic growth.

It is necessary to closely monitor the global economic situation
and the fiscal and monetary policies of countries with a large economic scale.

“The Government should regularly review to promptly remove
difficulties and obstacles of enterprises for promoting production and business
activities, including lack of capital, high input material prices and
difficulties in product consumption,” Ngoc said.

“Besides that, it needs to have prompt support for several
industries being affected by declining demand of the world market such as
leather, footwear, textiles and wood.”

It needs to monitor labour and job markets closely and then
support the enterprises to overcome labour shortages.

State management offices should effectively implement solutions to
stimulate trade and service demand and develop tourism programmes.

On the other hand, they should focus on expanding and diversifying
export products and markets by effectively exploiting the signed free trade
agreements (FTAs) between Vietnam and its partners. On that basis, policies
also need to be adjusted to lure further high-quality foreign direct investment.

“The Government should drastically and quickly implement the
tasks and investment projects under the programme for socio-economic recovery
and development in 2023, including disbursement of public investment capital
for key projects to be completed this year or early 2024,” Ngoc said.

Disease prevention and control must be strengthened along with
plans on preventing drought and saltwater intrusion impacts, as well as natural
disasters, rain, floods and landslides to minimise damage to production and
people’s lives.

Finally, it is necessary to improve the efficiency of State
management agencies and tighten administrative discipline in those agencies.

According to the GSO, Vietnam’s socio-economic development in
February took place in the context that the world economy continued to have
many complicated fluctuations.

Global inflation cooled but remained at a high level, while world
energy prices are still increasing, and the Russia-Ukraine conflict has many
unexpected developments.

Global consumer demand is reducing, causing the number of export
orders and turnover to decrease. Many key industries have been affected,
especially in localities with large industrial scales, such as Quang Ngai, Vinh
Phuc, Binh Duong, and HCM City.

Therefore, the index of industrial production (IIP) in the first
two months of this year decreased by 6.3% over the same period last year.

The exports to some key markets recorded a decline, such as the EU
(down 4.2%); the Republic of Korea (5.7%); Japan (5.9%); ASEAN (7.9%); and the
US (21%).

In that challenging situation, the production and business
activities of the enterprises were severely affected by higher input costs but
lower orders. Many businesses temporarily suspended operations to find other
directions or wait for dissolution procedures.

In the first two months of the year, the number of enterprises
suspending business for a definite term was about 39,000 units, an increase of
18.5% over the same period last year. About 9,400 enterprises were waiting for
dissolution procedures, an increase of 5.8%.

The difficulties of the world economy also prevented foreign
investors from expanding the scale of existing projects in Vietnam. As of the
end of February, registered FDI capital reached 535.4 million USD, the lowest
from 2019 to 2023 and a reduction of 4.9% year on year.

Core inflation in the first two months of 2023 increased by 5.08%,
higher than the general inflation at 4.6%.

“This is a challenge for the State management agencies in
issuing monetary policy. It is necessary to have a proactive and flexible
monetary policy, ensuring inflation control and supporting economic
growth,” Ngoc said.

However, the IIP of the number of processing and manufacturing
industries in February increased compared to the same period last year, such as
the production of beverages, coke, refined petroleum and chemicals, she said.

The total retail sales of goods and services increased by 13%
yearly, while Vietnam had a trade surplus of 2.82 billion USD in the first two

International visitors to Vietnam were estimated at 1.8 million
arrivals, nearly 37 times higher than last year, due to many international
tourism programmes when the COVID-19 pandemic is under control./.


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