14 ministries involved with business rated "above average'

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Fourteen out of Vietnam's 18 ministries that run or are otherwise involved with businesses have all been rated above average in a poll of companies done by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The survey released Wednesday is based on feedback from 207 business groups representing 419,000 companies on the compilation of legal documents by ministries.

MEI 2011 marks the ministries on a scale of 1 to 100. The Ministry of Justice tops the list with 59.01 points, followed by the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs with 58.51, and the Ministry of Planning and Investment with 56.59.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment ranks bottom with 51.37 points.

The respondents gave high marks to all ministries for the framing and implementation of legal documents, but not for collecting opinions from businesses and organizations before drafting them or for publicizing laws.

VCCI called this an "unreasonable trend" in a statement on its Dien Dan Doanh Nghiep (Business Forum) website.

The ministries are mainly focused on more difficult activities and indifferent to "easier" ones that are however equally important, it added.

"Enterprises did not find the ministries making necessary efforts to execute their work as best as possible," Vu Tien Loc, VCCI's chairman, said.

At a ceremony held to release it, Deputy Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long hailed the report and said it should be taken as a reference by the ministries.

However, the report only reflected the businesses' "feelings" and lacked evidence, he said: For instance, his ministry had not received a single opinion after posting some draft laws on its website.

Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, a member of the research team, admitted the report was subjective and not backed by statistics, which are not available either.

But Tuoi Tre quoted her as saying: "[Enterprises'] feelings should not be ignored because it has a certain significance."

Ministries should review their system of collecting opinions before saying businesses do not offer feedback, she added.

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