Kien Giang: Persistent Efforts for PCI Advancement

10:05:52 AM | 11/27/2023

In the PCI Report of 2022, Kien Giang secured the 56th position among the 63 provinces and cities, with a score of 62.24 points. This marks the third consecutive year of climbing in the Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) rankings. While the numerical progress may seem modest, it unequivocally underscores the resolute determination and sustained efforts exerted by Kien Giang province's leadership. This encompasses a strategic focus on expediting administrative reform, enhancing the investment and business environment, and streamlining operations for businesses and investors.

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Optimistic signals

The Kien Giang Provincial People's Committee has embarked on a resolute journey to elevate the Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI), employing a multifaceted approach to fortify the investment and business environment. Pioneering this initiative, the committee issued Plan 211/KH-UBND on August 24, 2023, outlining a strategy to enhance key indices, including the Public Administration Reform Index (PAR Index), the Satisfaction Index of Public Administrative Services (SIPAS), the Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI), the Provincial Green Index (PGI), and the Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) within the provincial landscape. The committee has unveiled a plan aimed at supporting local small and medium-sized enterprises until 2025. This blueprint encompasses a spectrum of initiatives, including technological support, human resource development, nurturing creative startups, and fostering industry clusters and value chains.

The Kien Giang Provincial People's Committee's resolute commitment to administrative reform, business sentiment, and PCI enhancement shines through its dynamic and innovative approach. Proactively adapting to the evolving landscape, the committee meticulously crafts scenarios to promptly and effectively implement business support policies, creating an optimal environment for businesses and investors alike. Business dialogues, held biannually, serve as a testament to the committee's dedication to swiftly address challenges, fostering a symbiotic relationship between the government and businesses. Taking a holistic approach, the committee directs its departments, agencies, and localities to promptly tackle matters within their purview. Simultaneously, it oversees the resolution of broader issues, summarizing them for consideration and resolution by competent authorities. Further fortifying its commitment, the committee established a steering committee chaired by the Chairperson of the Provincial People's Committee, dedicated to optimizing PCI Index performance and fostering an improved investment climate.

Beyond structural initiatives, Kien Giang province systematically elevates awareness among public employees and the business community regarding the paramount importance of enhancing the PCI Index. This concerted effort serves to instill a heightened sense of responsibility, particularly among agency leaders, fostering a culture of excellence in task performance. Regularly directing relevant agencies and localities to provide advisories, the Provincial People's Committee meticulously evaluates progress, leveraging insights to formulate innovative solutions and perpetually raise the bar for PCI Index performance.

Annually, the Provincial People's Committee takes the reins, directing the Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Center in tandem with the Department of Planning and Investment. Their joint effort yield a comprehensive report on Kien Giang's PCI Index performance, coupled with strategic solutions for continual improvement. The committee further collaborates with consulting units to craft a visionary draft project for Kien Giang's PCI Index enhancement, outlining a trajectory extending to 2025 and beyond to 2030.

The Kien Giang Provincial People's Committee's dynamic and innovative direction in steering local socioeconomic development is manifest in its strategic adaptation to the evolving context and the adept application of business support policies. This proactive stance has yielded significant results, contributing to Kien Giang's impressive growth in 2022. The positive economic recovery, underscored by the surpassing of all 24 indicators and a per capita GRDP of VND66.24 million, a remarkable 8% higher than the targeted figure, highlights the efficacy of the committee's visionary approach.

Engaged by a cohesive political system, Kien Giang's 2022 PCI Index reached 62.24 points, an increase of 2.51 points from the previous year, securing the 56th position out of 63 provinces and cities nationwide and the 11th position out of 13 Mekong Delta provinces and cities. While not meeting the anticipated thresholds for higher positions, the results are encouraging, marking a four-place climb nationally and a two-place ascent in the Mekong Delta from 2021. Several subindices, including Fair Competition and Market Entry Cost, emerged as commendable performers nationwide, contributing to the continued upward trajectory of Kien Giang's PCI. Notably, the business community applauded the Fair Competition, Market Entry Cost, and Business Support Policy subindices as standout contributors to Kien Giang's commendable PCI performance.

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Seeking to reclaim a high status among the nation's premier PCI performers

In the year 2023, Kien Giang has embarked on a resolute mission to elevate its PCI Index score, setting a lofty target of surpassing 67 points and reclaiming its status among the esteemed group of top performers nationwide. The province's unwavering commitment to this objective is evidenced by its strategic and impactful implementation of solutions, with a laser focus on key areas such as "Administrative Reform," "Openness and Transparency," and "Accountability." Central to this ambitious agenda is the province's emphasis on fortifying leadership roles and responsibilities in directing and overseeing administrative disciplines. A concerted effort is being made to meticulously address personal responsibility and accountability at the highest echelons of agencies. Simultaneously, Kien Giang is dedicated to refining and elevating the caliber of its public employees, aligning their skills and service orientation with a business- and people-centric approach for swift implementation.

Upholding the pivotal role of the Special Working Group (Group 1602) of the Provincial People's Committee, Kien Giang remains resolute in dismantling difficulties and obstacles, providing effective support to businesses, investors, and investment projects. Further augmenting this effort, the Task Force Group (Group 770) of the Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee intensifies its operations to meticulously inspect task implementation, promptly recommending commendations for high performers and corrective measures for underperformers.

In enhancing stakeholder engagement, Kien Giang is dedicated to elevating the quality of dialogues with the business community, meticulously publicizing post-dialogue results, and increasing targeted business meetings and dialogues across specific fields, locations, and business groups. The province is committed to diversifying information channels to capture, reflect, and respond adeptly to business recommendations, ensuring a dynamic and responsive approach to propel Kien Giang to new heights in PCI excellence.

Demonstrating unwavering commitment to transformative governance, the Kien Giang Provincial People's Committee has strategically assigned responsibilities to key agencies, setting in motion a series of dynamic initiatives aimed at fortifying the province's competitive edge.

The Investment, Trade, and Tourism Promotion Center has been entrusted with the pivotal role of collaborating seamlessly with relevant departments, agencies, and localities. Their mandate includes the timely formulation of advice for the Provincial People's Committee to develop a visionary PCI Index improvement project spanning from 2025, with an ambitious vision extending to 2030. Further, this dynamic center is charged with the coordination of the District and Department Competitiveness Index (DDCI), joining forces with the Department of Home Affairs and relevant units to bolster cooperation and elevate indices such as the PCI, DDCI and PAR Index.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment assumes a critical role in collaboration with the Department of Planning and Investment, the Investment, Trade, and Tourism Promotion Center, and associated bodies and localities. Their task is to promptly advise the Provincial People's Committee in crafting a comprehensive plan for the implementation of PGI for 2023 and beyond. Simultaneously, the Department of Information and Communications, in tandem with the Investment, Trade, Tourism Promotion Center, and related units, is entrusted with consistently communicating and disseminating key indicators, images, and socioeconomic management results. This strategic communication aims to elevate the perception of civil servants, businesses, and the populace.

Elevating collaboration further, the Department of Planning and Investment collaborates with the Department of Home Affairs and business associations. Their collective goal is to review and advise the Provincial People's Committee on consolidating a plan to attract esteemed businesses and entrepreneurs into trade associations. This proactive approach ensures active engagement with relevant agencies and localities to disseminate crucial indices, such as PCI, DDCI and PGI, enabling businesses to comprehensively understand and accurately score these vital benchmarks.

Trade and business associations play a pivotal role in disseminating these indices widely to local businesses. Their coordinated efforts empower businesses with a clear understanding, facilitating accurate scoring on surveys related to PCI, DDCI and PGI indices.

Buoyed by resolute determination, proactive strategies, and a harmonious consensus among authorities at every echelon, spanning various sectors and the vibrant local business community, coupled with unwavering support from the central government, Kien Giang province is poised to expeditiously overcome prevailing obstacles hindering administrative procedure reform. This strategic endeavor aims not only to elevate the province's investment and business environment but also to fortify its competitiveness, solidifying its position as the ultimate destination for both domestic and international investors.

By Cong Luan, Vietnam Business Forum