Zhongxin Finance, January 24th. On the 24th, at a press conference held by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Liang Zhifeng, director of the Small and Medium Enterprise Bureau of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said that since November 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has led the organization to carry out special actions to clear debts. Promote the settlement of accounts of private enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises exceeding 850 billion yuan, and basically realize the clearing of undisclosed arrears in the ledger.
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"Since 2021, affected by the complex economic situation at home and abroad, some agencies, institutions and large enterprises have been in arrears with SMEs to varying degrees, which has aggravated the difficulties of SMEs. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, together with relevant departments, has increased the support for the "Guarantee" The implementation of the Regulations on Payment of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises will promote the strict implementation of the regulations by all relevant entities, and improve the long-term mechanism for preventing and resolving delinquent accounts of small and medium-sized enterprises." Liang Zhifeng said.
According to reports, at present, both the ministry and the province have established channels for handling SMEs' arrears complaints.
In 2021, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will receive nearly 18,000 complaints on the registration (complaint) platform for defaulting and arrears to SMEs.
Strengthen work scheduling, timely transfer to relevant departments or localities for verification and processing, track progress, strengthen information reporting, and promote a large number of arrears to be effectively resolved.
In the next step, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will work with relevant departments to focus on the following work:
The first is to consolidate local territorial and departmental supervisory responsibilities.
Urge all regions and departments to coordinate and research and solve the problem of arrears of small and medium-sized enterprises in their own regions and fields, so that there is no disagreement in the ledger, and the arrears should be cleared up. legal solution.
All localities have selected capable forces to set up special work classes, which are specially responsible for the investigation and resolution of outstanding accounts of small and medium-sized enterprises.
Interviews and listing supervision of places and departments where work progress is slow.
The second is to improve the long-term mechanism.
Promote the implementation of the "Regulations on Guaranteeing Payments to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises", strengthen coordination with the "Regulations on Government Investment" and "Regulations on Optimizing the Business Environment", refine and improve supporting measures, and form a synergy of governance.
Promote the strengthening of the disclosure and supervision of large-scale enterprises' arrears to small and medium-sized enterprises, strengthen source governance, and continuously improve the long-term mechanism for preventing and resolving arrears of small and medium-sized enterprises.
The third is to strengthen supervision and restraint punishment.
Supervise and hold government agencies, institutions, and state-owned enterprises accountable for defaulting in arrears in accordance with the law; for those who fail to fulfill their obligation to pay small and medium-sized enterprises in a timely manner, and the circumstances are serious, punishments for dishonesty will be implemented in accordance with laws and regulations.
Give play to the supervision role of media and public opinion, strengthen positive guidance, and expose typical cases of malicious arrears.
The fourth is to strengthen services for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Organize various localities to strengthen publicity, interpretation and training of laws and regulations such as the Regulations on Guaranteeing Payments to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, strengthen legal aid and consulting services, and enhance the awareness of small and medium-sized enterprises in preventing risks and safeguarding their rights in accordance with the law.
Further exert the important role of judicial enforcement in creating a market environment for fair competition and honest operation, and in protecting the legitimate rights and interests of small and medium-sized enterprises.