(HBO) - Although Hoa Binh province’s provincial competitiveness index (PCI) in 2021 dropped significantly in rankings and scores, many businesses and investors believed that this challenge was also an opportunity for the provincial authorities and its departments, sectors and localities to review and evaluate weaknesses and shortcomings, and carry out drastic measures to create a breakthrough in improving the investment environment and enhancing the province's competitiveness in the coming years.
Many organisations and
individuals wish that the Provincial Public Administration Service Centre will
improve its operation quality to facilitate the settlement of administrative
According to the provincial Business Association, over the
past time, enterprises and investors in the province have appreciated efforts
of administrations at all levels and sectors, especially the drastic direction
of the provincial Party Committee and People's Committee in bettering the
business and investment environment and facilitating enterprises’ operations.
The province has also paid attention to removing difficulties and obstacles
facing businesses and investors, especially measures to support businesses
during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the 2021 PCI ranking of Hoa Binh remains
low, which was a "shock" for not only the province but also many
businesses and investors.
The fact showed a surge in the number of investors to the
province has been causing difficulties related to land. Access to land and site
clearance are always the biggest "bottleneck" which causes the most
frustration because it takes a long time, thus leading to the loss of
investment opportunities. Therefore, businesses showed their wish that the
provincial People's Committee will pay attention to and drastically direct the
ground clearance for investment projects; take measures to monitor planned
areas and those being researched, surveyed and deployed by investors so as not
to put more pressure on businesses and investors in compensation for site
Ha Trung Nguyen, Vice Chairman of the provincial Business
Association, said that unofficial costs are also a concerning issue. The
provincial 2021 PCI analysis report showed that the percentage of enterprises
reporting that they have to pay unofficial costs for inspectors has not
improved much compared to 2020, hitting 45 percent, making Hoa Binh rank 61st
out of 63 provinces and cities.
Therefore, he proposed the provincial People's Committee
impose sanctions to strictly handle and rotate jobs for irresponsible officials
and civil servants who cause difficulties and troubles for people and
Nguyen also suggested conducting inspection once a year, and punish
agencies and individuals that carry out inspections without reporting and
having an annual inspection plan.
In 2023, Lac Thuy district, Hoa Binh province will manage and develop five brands granted protection certificates by the Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Science and Technology, including one collective brand, "Lac Thuy orange" and four certification brands: "Lac Thuy chicken", "Lac Thuy custard apple", "Lac Thuy goat", "Song Boi tea".
The Hoa Binh provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development coordinated with the People’s Committees of Luong Son and Yen Thuy districts, and the RYB joint Stock Company held a ceremony in Hanoi on January 23 to mark the export of this year’s first batch of Dien pomelo to the US. The event saw the presence of Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dinh Cong Su.
Determining that attracting investment is an important task in the socio-economic development, in recent years, Hoa Binh province has implemented many specific solutions to improve the environment of the business investment and supported in overcoming the difficulties for the businesses and investors, promoting the investment attraction into the province.
A delegation of Ichinoseki city, located in Japan’s Iwate prefecture, led by Mayor Yoshihito Sato paid a working visit to Hoa Binh city of Hoa Binh province on January 18 to discuss bilateral cooperation. They were welcomed by Nguyen Van Thang, member of the provincial Party Committee’s Standing Board and Secretary of the Party Committee of Hoa Binh city, along with officials of some local departments and sectors.
Pomelo growers in Tan Lac district, Hoa Binh province are busy preparing to harvest and supply high-quality products to the market on the occasion of the 2024 Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.