[26 March 2015]. Thanh Nhien News has reported that Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, wants stronger reforms to get Vietnam ahead of neighbors. Below is an abridged version of the original article.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Wednesday told government agencies to speed up administrative reforms in order to make Vietnam more competitive and more business-friendly…

The efforts (to date) are still weak and have many shortcomings, he conceded…

“We do and we have made improvements, but we cannot just compare where we are now with where we were before,” Dung said.

Vietnam’s competitiveness is now the lowest among the ASEAN-6, which is comprised of the bigger economies in Southeast Asia.

In some areas, Vietnam is even behind Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, which is “unacceptable,” he said.
Vietnam recorded nearly 7.9 million foreign arrivals last year, up 4 percent from the year before, but Thailand had between 22-23 million tourists.

“We cannot let Vietnam remain at the bottom of ASEAN,” the PM said.

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