Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc works with Ha Tinh province

The 400-hectare Gia Lam urban area is located about 10 km northeast of downtown and contiguous to Gia Lam district’s administrative centre – Trau Quy town. Covering seven communes, wards and towns in Long Bien and Gia Lam districts, the new urban area is scheduled to be built in two phases at an estimated cost of US$260 million—with the development of the infrastructure system from 2009-2012 and the development of urban structures from 2012 – 2020. The project is expected to contribute to forming an independent urban centre on the north bank of the Red River, providing new housing and easing the population density in the downtown area. Along with the planning of the Gia Lam urban area, a 400-hectare science and entertainment park will be built with the aim of creating a modern entertainment and scientific research centre for Hanoi and the northern region. The US$150 million project is expected to be completed in 2020.... [read more]

The centres will serve as repositories of information detailing fees, expected durations, and advice relating to 69 different administrative procedures concerning justice; culture; finance and planning; labour, war invalids, and social affairs; construction; transport; and natural resources and the environment. Launching these public administrative centres is a step towards Quang Ninh’s ultimate goal of an e-administration delivering practical benefits to its local residents, businesses, and provincial investors. The pioneering Uong Bi and Mong Cai centres in will be joined by similar facilities in Ha Long and Cam Pha cities, and Van Don district, scheduled to open during the first quarter of 2014. Vietnam has prioritised applying the latest information technology advances throughout its state agencies over the 2013–2015 period, preparing the way for establishing a fully Connected Government by 2020.... [read more]

Construction of the VND2 trillion centre commenced on November 15, 2008. The building is 167 metres high and spans an area of 65,200 square metres. About 1,600 city employee will work in the centre and over 600 citizens are expected to use it daily. The centre will help citizens and businesses have easier access to public administration services. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Chairman of Danang municipal People’s Committee Chairman Van Huu Chien said the centre will create a professional and dynamic environment to deal with administrative procedures more swiftly and effectively. The “one-stop-shop” model... [read more]

The PM made the request on August 21 after hearing the international consultancy group PPJ’s report on the master plan for the capital city through 2030 with a vision for 2050. The gathering, the second of its kind, was also attended by Deputy PMs Nguyen Sinh Hung and Hoang Trung Hai, and leaders of relevant agencies and Hanoi authorities. The PPJ introduced the leaders to the third strategy for Hanoi, which combines the advantages of the previous two strategies, to expand the new urban centre to the west of Hanoi and place the national administrative centre to the west of the city centre. Showing approval for this strategy, PM Dung requested the PPJ to continue refining the master plan for Hanoi to expand the city’s space to include a key metropolis, which is surrounded by satellite townships such as Hoa Lac, Son Tay, Xuan Mai, Quoc Oai, Phu Xuyen, Dong Anh, Me Linh and Soc Son. He asked that 30 percent of the city’s space be reserved for the development of urban areas and the remaining 70 percent for the city’s green belt. He required the upgrade and preservation of old centres together with tangible cultural sites and intangible values, particularly works located in the old quarter in the process of urban development. The PM requested the PPJ make clearer, in its upcoming report, its road, railway and waterway infrastructure development plan in order to manage traffic jams and ensure inter-regional linkages for the city. He also asked the consultancy…... [read more]

In a recent report to the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Construction, the committee affirmed that the Ba Dinh area is the country’s political and administrative nerve centre at present and will remain so in the future. It must be defined as the location of the headquarters of the Party, National Assembly and Government organisations. The committee said it is necessary to continue planning and construction works in the Ba Dinh area and its vicinity to make it complete and to preserve its historical value. Besides key organs, the area is home to Ba Dinh Square, where President Ho Chi Minh read the declaration proclaiming the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam) on September 2, 1945. In its report, the Hanoi Municipal People’s Committee explained that Ba Vi does not meet necessary criteria for a new national administration centre. It said construction of such a centre requires large amounts of investment to be poured into technical infrastructure so that it can be linked to Ba Dinh and other regions across the country. The costly plan does not suit the country’s economic situation at present. The committee suggested that the western part of West Lake and the vicinity of the National Convention Centre in My Dinh be suitable places for the new headquarters of several ministries and government organisations. The two venues meet the necessary criteria, including land funds, for developing modern projects connecting Government organisations and the political centre in Ba Dinh.…... [read more]

The draft law defines the location and the role of the capital city, as well as the tasks to build, develop and protect the city. A number of goals and special policies for construction and development of the capital city in the areas of socio-economic development, education and training, science and technology, infrastructure planning and management of space and architecture are also included in the draft law. The draft law stipulates that the National Assembly has opinions on the capital’s overall planning and decides the location for the national political and administrative centre. This new stipulation represents the capital city’s specific characteristics in comparison with other key cities. Beside priorities in social housing development, investment in preserving and protecting cultural projects and technical infrastructure of large scale and importance in the city, the draft law also mentions mechanisms and policies in finance and land for the capital. It says the Government gives priority in allocating ODA capital to technical infrastructure projects approved by authorised agencies. The municipal People’s Committee, within its rights and tasks, is allowed to use its land resources to raise fund for the building of infrastructure or to borrow capital from the State, organisations and individuals in special cases. At the debate session on March 22, a majority of NA deputies affirmed that the promulgation of the law was necessary. They agreed on the stipulations of specific mechanisms and policies to create legal foundations for Hanoi to have appropriate conditions to deservedly become a special urban city…... [read more]

President Sang meets with Kazakhstan parliament leaders During their talks on September 11, the two leaders agreed on measures to promote bilateral economic and trade ties by supporting export-import activities, early conducting negotiations on the signing of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. They also reached a consensus on long-term cooperation in energy, especially oil and gas exploitation and exploration in Kazakhstan, Vietnam and third countries. After the talks, Mr Sang and Mr Massimov attended the Vietnam-Kazakhstan business forum and the debut of the Vietnam-Kazakhstan business council. Kazakh businesses told President Sang the same day that they are pleased to cooperate with their Vietnamese partners. They expressed hopes that more new investment projects will be signed after Mr Sang’s visit to boost bilateral cooperation in the garment and textile industry. Mr Sang welcomed Kazakh businesses’ willingness to help Vietnamese partners businesses expand the market. He asked businesses in both countries to make greater efforts as bilateral trade remains modest at US$40 million per year on average. After 25 years of implementing the Doi Moi (Renewal) process, Vietnam has achieved impressive growth and the country will be a reliable partner of Kazakhstan. With its experience and advantages, Vietnam can help Kazakhstan fully tap its potential, he said. The two leaders also discussed measures to increase bilateral cooperation in priority areas such as mining, garment and textile manufacturing and farm processing. President Sang said the Vietnamese Party and State are willing to…... [read more]

The project is invested by T.H.T Development Ltd Company and will be built by five companies from the Republic of Korea. Covering 207 ha and accommodating around 78,000 people, the new urban area will consist of an administration centre, a financial and trade exchange centre, and a cultural centre along with high-rise buildings, and villas. To step up the implementation of the project, the Hanoi People’s Committee has directed the City Land Fund Development Centre (HLFDC) and relevant agencies to propose plans and create the best conditions for land clearance. Around 20ha must be cleared in the first phase to hand over to the investor before October so they can break ground in the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi. The HLFDC said that the project was granted its licence in 2006 but implementation has been too slow due to land clearance issues. It is estimated that the total land compensation will be VND7,600 billion, VND2,000 billion higher than estimated.... [read more]

Visiting Binh Phuoc on April 14, Trong urged the province to fully tap its forest and mineral resources potential, combat corruption and intensify land management to speed up socio-economic development. He applauded its efforts to reduce the number of poor households to 5.4 percent and improve lives of residents in all areas. The province posted economic growth of 12.26 percent between 2011 and 2013. During the difficult year of 2012, it contributed VND3,900 billion to the State budget. The Party leader noted that the province has actively implemented the Resolutions of the Party Central Committee’s 4th meeting on strengthening the Party and the 11th National Party Congress through detailed and practical plans of action, earning initial positive outcomes. He instructed the province to continue implementing these guidelines, making it a regular and long-term political task. Trong also visited soldiers at Army Corp 16 and residents at Tan Lap commune in Dong Phu district, one of the 16 locations in the province which are being upgraded following the government’s new model for rural areas. On April 13, Party leader Trong visited Binh Duong to inspect the implementation of resolutions adopted at the 11th National Party Congress and the provincial Party Congress on socio-economic development and Party building. He urged the southern province of Binh Duong to work on ways to ensure rapid and sustainable development. During a working session with key provincial leaders, Mr. Trong praised Binh Duong’s great efforts to realise its economic tasks by tapping its full potential, taking…... [read more]

At their meeting on March 31, the two sides agreed that the exhibition must comply with the Heritage Law and meet the demand and aspiration of people who want to study the relic site. Relevant agencies are required to build a careful plan for the display before summiting it to the authorities for approval. Also at the meeting, historians and archaeologists said that initial studies have discovered the special cultural values of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel relic complex, which was a centre of the Chinese and Indian cultures lasting through 13 centuries and served as Vietnam’s national administrative centre from the feudal dynasties of Ly and Tran to the era of Ho Chi Minh. The site is one of the 10 special national relics nominated for UNESCO recognition as world cultural heritage in 2010.... [read more]

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