THE PRIME MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 08/2003/CT-TTg
Hanoi, April 4, 2003
 
DIRECTIVE
ON ENHANCING THE EFFICIENCY AND COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES
Over the past years, the Party and the State have adopted numerous guidelines and policies, aiming to create a favorable environment for enterprises to raise their production and business efficiency as well as their competitiveness on the market. Enterprises have also made great efforts to grow, thus making decisive contributions to the process of economic restructuring and maintaining the high economic growth rates in recent years. Yet, the production and business efficiency and competitiveness of enterprises as well as our country's economy still remain limited, failing to meet the market demands and the requirements of integration into the regional as well as world economy.
This situation is attributed to many reasons, but mainly to the facts that the economic institution remains asynchronous and inconsistent; the implementation organization still sees many shortcommings, administrative procedures remain complicated and cumbersome, not a few State agencies and employees fail to well fulfill their responsibilities, thus causing difficulties and obstacles to enterprises; many fees and charges are still high; many enterprises have failed to take initiative in renewing technologies and raise their managerial levels and their workers' professional skills; their production costs remain high, the enterprise management has not yet been made transparent, the joint-venture and association among enterprises remain weak, and the enterprises lack initiative in international economic integration and still expect and rely passively on the State's privileges and protection. The role of enterprises' associations and goods line associations is still restricted.