Competitiveness of Mekong Delta under scrutiny

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) on April 16 organised a workshop in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang looking into the provincial competitiveness index (PCI) of the regional localities.

Head of VCCI’s Legal Department Dau Anh Tuan said VCCI conducted a survey of over 8,000 businesses nationwide in 2013, 1,600 of which were foreign invested ones.

The competitiveness of 11 out of 13 Mekong Delta provinces was assessed as fairly good, good or very good. Notably, Kien Giang climbed to the third position in Vietnam after topping the regional chart, he said.

However, the regional localities have not performed well in some important criteria, for example their support for private businesses, trade promotion services, workforce training and transparency, Tuan noted.

He also urged them to quickly improve workforce quality to meet the stricter demands of investors so as to attract more investment.

However, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Can Tho city Truong Quang Hoai Nam, tabled some problems with the VCCI survey.

He cited the business support criterion as an example. It contains up to 18 sub-criteria, making it very hard for the provinces to satisfy all standards.

In 2013, the central city of Da Nang took the lead in the PCI rankings, followed by Thua Thien-Hue, Kien Giang and Quang Ninh provinces.-VNA

PM Dung greets new ambassadors

(VOV) – PM Nguyen Tan Dung on April 16 met with new ambassadors from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Myanmar who paid a courtesy visit before starting their term in Vietnam.

Meeting with UAE ambassador Khalid Ibrahim Abdulaziz Shohail Al-Qahtani, PM Dung expressed his delight at the growing Vietnam-UAE relations, noting Vietnam’s recognition of importance to enhancing ties with the UAE.

PM Dung suggested the two countries should strengthen delegation exchange at all levels and bilateral cooperation in economics, trade and investment, and coordinate closely at international forums, especially the UN.

He also asked the UAE to recognize Vietnam’s market economy status soon, support the country in coping with climate change, sea level rise, and bolstering labour and energy cooperation.

Dung reiterated Vietnam’s willingness to facilitate the UAE’s investment in the country.

Receiving Myanmar ambassador Uyn Lai, the government leader highlighted the constant development of the traditional friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Mynamar over the past years.

He hailed Myanmar’s role in taking over the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2014, affirming that Vietnam will work closely with Myanmar to contribute to the overall success of the year of ASEAN Chair.

The two diplomats pledged their best efforts to forge their countries’ ties with Vietnam and hoped that the Vietnamese Government will offer favourable conditions for them to fulfill their mission.

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