Strengthening the voice of micro- and small enterprises in the development of policies and legislation

Grantee Organisation: Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)

Project Location: 11 provinces & cities including Son La, Ha Giang, Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Quang Binh, Da Nang, Kon Tum, Binh Thuan, Ho Chi Minh City, An Giang and Vinh Long

Project Duration: May 2014 - August 2015


The problem: 97 percent of Vietnam’s 500,000 registered businesses are medium, small and micro-enterprises, which have been identified as the most vulnerable group to the risk of bankruptcy caused by impractical policies and regulations. One of the main reasons is because of the lack of involvement of people and affected businesses in the policy and law formulation resulting in poor quality of the endorsed legislative documents and their implementation.

The solution: VCCI promoted and strengthened the efficient participation of local people and small and micro-enterprises for policy-law feedback/counter-arguments and formulation related to the accountability of state agencies to contribute recommendations to the revised Law on promulgation of legal documents. VCCI conducted a study of the current status of legal documents on the mechanism for community and businesses participation, field surveys and consultations with small and micro-enterprises in 11 provinces and cities to collect evidence on the limitations, difficulties and obstacles as well as good practices and the practicality of the implementation. A number of communication activities targeted the public and businesses to raise their awareness about participation and accountability.

Change

  • A suitable consultation process for small and micro enterprises was proposed for the revised Law on Promulgation of legal documents towards the direction of openness and transparency, more democracy.
  • The participation mechanism is understood and operated effectively by the target groups thanks to the increased awareness and capacities on public participation, maintenance of cooperation networks and information exchange mechanisms among relevant parties.
  • Transparency in the law drafting process is enhanced, creating pressure on the drafting committee to seriously consider the comments and provide public feedback
  • Accountability of Law making bodies is facilitated and the awareness of society towards accountability of legal document drafting bodies is enhanced. As a result, a contribution collection and feedback mechanism is included in the law.

 


 

VCCI organised forums for small and micro enterprises to gain knowledge on policy advocacy