Business owners accuse grassroots authorities of harassment

08-Jun-2016 Intellasia | TBKTSG | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Young business owners attending a meeting in Hanoi last week with deputy prime minister Vuong Dinh Hue accused grassroots authorities of harassment.

Do Huy Hieu, director of DVH-Bransons Co Ltd which provides training for enterprises, said that to invite foreign experts to join training programmes lasting two to three days, his company is required to submit an application to authorities one month in advance.

“If the application comes two days later than required, it would be rejected,” he told the meeting which was attended by 100 young entrepreneurs.

Hieu said he had been asked to pay VND15 million for a license from a third party. “No informal fee, no license,” he said, adding small enterprises could not afford to pay all sorts of informal fees.

Song Long Khanh Hoa Co., which specialises in aquaculture veterinary medicines, has been struggling with frequent checks by economic police and market monitors, said director Vo Thi Tuyet Ha.

Tran Quoc Bao, chair of Martin Corp., said his company’s website is no longer accessible as the domain name reminds people of Hoang Sa (Paracel) islands. Therefore, the firm’s email system is down also, disrupting communication with customers.

Another entrepreneur at the meeting complained about the 2 percent labour union fee is high.

Other business owners said they were having trouble with complicated business requirements and administrative procedures, and little tax incentive, so they cannot compete with foreign rivals.

Speaking at the meeting, Hue said irresponsible officials and civil servants must be sanctioned.

Hue said the government is trying to back enterprises by improving institutions and policies about investment, business incubation, human resources development and innovation for the benefit of startups.

The government has issued resolutions designed to improve the investment and business environment and fostering the development of private enterprises. A draft law on support for small and medium enterprises will be presented to the National Assembly.

Hue said enterprises of different sizes in the private and public sectors would get equal treatment from the government in line with market rules.


Category: Economy, Vietnam

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