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Nguyen Anh Tuyet shares her opinions during a consultation session.

These issues were not just affecting Ford Vietnam, but were increasing costs for thousands of businesses across the country. The situation was borne out by the World Bank’s 2016 Doing Business indicators, which ranked Vietnam 108 out of 190 countries in its performance on the indicator “trading across borders.”

Ho Thi Thanh My sells sticky rice at a local market.

Living in southern rural Vietnam, Ho Thi Thanh My dreamed of a way to make money for her family. She bought fruits and vegetables from local households and then sold them in markets. Though she worked hard, her inventory was dependent on the season and output of her suppliers. At times, she had nothing to sell. Most days she only earned $2-$3 per day.

Dao Tu Hoa answers media ques-tions during her first NA session Vietnam Television

When Dao Tu Hoa was elected to the National Assembly of Vietnam in June 2016, she was aware of the great responsibility that came with her new role as a people’s deputy. Although she had previously worked as a judge, she knew that an even greater challenge lay ahead—raising the opinions and concerns of her constituents to the highest levels of government.

Pham Ngoc Yen repairs clothes in her shop.

Pham Ngoc Yen’s life in Vietnam’s southern province of Vinh Long was difficult. With her husband’s limited income, the family struggled to pay its expenses, especially after Yen underwent a Caesarean section with her third child that exhausted the family’s savings. To bring in more income, a few months after the birth of her child, Yen returned to her work as a seamstress and dealer of handicraft materials.

Mr. Nguyen Dinh Cung, MPI/CIEM Director talks with the media.

Two years ago, our company struggled with many challenges. It took us at least one week to prepare tax documents, we had to wait many days for our imports to be cleared, and this added high labor costs to our business,” said Vu Kim Giang, an import and export specialist at Garment 10 Corp.

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Last updated: May 12, 2017

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