The Licensing Procedure Reform Project (LRP) is aimed at reducing administrative burden for both government and businesses by simplifying selected business licenses, and to rationalise the process of issuing new business licenses. The project is designed to align with and support the Office of the Government (OoG)’s Project 30 - a public administrative reform initiative.
Economica Vietnam was contracted by IFC/WB to implement the technical assistance to the Office of the Government. The project includes (i) Research and review of more than 30 administrative procedures out of more than 250 administrative procedures reviewed and reformed under the Project 30; (ii) Introduction of standard cost model to the Project and development of manual and capacity building for the Office of the Government, ministries; (iii) support to the design and implement the communication activity under the Business Licensing Reform Project; and (iv) Provide ad-hoc assistance to IFC, the Special Taskforce and of the Consultative Council on Administrative Reform of the Project 30 in the implementation process.
Under the project, Economica Vietnam is responsible for:
- Review and propose solutions for simplifying administrative procedures of 20 selected licenses in Import-Export, Investment-Construction, Finance/Banking, Environment and Culture/Information. Specific activities include:
- Conduct qualitative research for review of licenses using the Guillotine approach, based on which a recommendation to eliminate or simplify procedure(s) will be made by addressing the necessity, legality, and reasonableness of each licensing procedure. This will include identifying regulations/licensing procedures in Vietnam that are ineffective and/or unnecessary and not in line with international best practices to support reform recommendations.
- Process map related procedures of license to quantify – through the Standard Cost Model – reductions in administrative burdens arising from the reform of licenses.
- Collect inputs and validate reform recommendations through consultation workshops on specific topics or face-to-face interviews with businesses.
- Prepare recommendation reports on the reform.
- Provide assistance in building relevant public official and key stakeholder capacity to review licenses through training and other related support.
- Provide assistance to develop and implement a communications plan serving the reform.
- Develop newsletters on the review activities to solicit inputs and raise awareness
- Provide other ad-hoc advice and assistance to IFC, the Special Taskforce and of the Consultative Council on Administrative Reform of the Project 30 in the implementation process.
The Project is implemented in close cooperation with the Taskforce on Administrative Reform of the Office of Government.