The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) on April 11 announced the Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) 2022 rankings.
Last year, Quang Ninh, Bac Giang, Hai Phong, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Dong Thap took the top positions on the rankings.
Meanwhile, Ninh Binh ranked 44th out of the country's 63 provinces and centrally-run cities with 64.22 points, moving up 14 places as compared to 2021.
The 2022 PCI report was made based on responses from 11,872 firms, including 10,590 domestic private businesses and 1,282 foreign-invested enterprises in Vietnam.
In the report, the VCCI, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and private partners also announced the Provincial Green Index (PGI) for the first time.
The index evaluates and ranks provinces' environmental policy from the perfective of businesses to promote better business behaviours and practices, including the application of new green technologies.
Tra Vinh, Lang Son, and Bac Ninh are the top three PGI performers in this inaugural edition.
Tra Vinh, Lang Son, and Bac Ninh provinces are the top three PGI performers in this inaugural edition.
Ninh Binh scored 13.43 points, ranking 54thout of the 63 provinces and cities.
The 2022 PCI's report reveals the tremendous efforts of both businesses and provincial governments in navigating through the rough COVID-19 pandemic.
Both domestic and foreign firms reported improvements in administrative procedures, reductions in the time costs of bureaucratic compliance, and liberation from the burdens of informal charges.
However, reforms in many policy areas are slow and business optimism remains low. Many firms report difficulties in access to finance, employment, and limited infrastructure growth. They also see a gap between policies and the implementation at the grassroots level.
Translated by Nguyen Thuy
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