Hanoi to improve business environment

by P.V08 June 2016 Last updated at 09:07 AM

VTV.vn - In the next 5 years, Hanoi needs about US$116.3 billion for investment, of which 20% will have to come from extra-budgetary sources.

Therefore, attracting investment from local and foreign investors into economic development projects remains a key task for Hanoi during this period. This was also the main theme of the Hanoi 2016 – Co-operation, Investment and Development conference, held on June 4.

At the conference, the city leaders announced 95 projects in need of capital, and officially called for investment in the form of public-private partnerships. With a total value of US$31.3 billion, the 95 projects are spread into various fields such as infrastructure, medical, commercial service industry and technology. Many businesses expect new solutions to reduce administrative procedures and improve the business environment from the local authority.

"It is necessary that we, as businesses, receive support with administrative procedures. Shorter and more transparent procedures are important too. We hope the new policies will address these matters", said Nguyen Hong Son - General Director of Vietnam Oman Investment JSC.

According to the local authority, in the first 5 months, investment capital poured into Hanoi has increased 5-fold, in which FDI alone increased 1.5 times, compared to the same period last year. These results are initial proof of improvements in administrative procedures reform in Hanoi.

"Hanoi will act as a bridge for local businesses and banks so that they can gain access to capital. The city will also provide necessary information about land for companies and citizens alike should they need it", said Nguyen Duc Chung - Chairman of Hanoi’s People’s Committee.

Addressing the conference, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc requested the capital to create favourable conditions for newly-established businesses, and set the target for Hanoi to become a start-up city in the next 5 years.

"We need to be ready to change, to innovate ourselves in order for the start-ups model to flourish in Vietnam instead of having to go abroad", said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

At the end of the conference, there were 70 investors registering to pour capital into 52 projects with a total investment capital of US$13.4 billion.

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