Cabinet blamed for problematic budget estimating, allocation planning

The government of HCMC, which is facing rising inundation triggered by rain and flood tides, is seeking an allocation of nearly VND10 trillion (US$43.96 million) from the central State budget to fund 36 flood control projects in 2016-2020. A centrifugal water pumping system is installed on Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh District, HCMC The city has asked the Prime Minister to assign the Ministries of Planning and Investment, and Finance to work out a budget allocation plan for these much-needed projects. The city has also sought approval from the PM to approve small anti-flood projects without feasibility studies required to speed up the construction process. It often takes a long time to do feasibility studies as the frequency of urban flooding is rising, thus causing traffic jams, affecting local residents’ lives and damaging their properties. Ho Long Phi, director of the Center of Water Management and Climate Change of the Vietnam National University in HCMC, told the Daily that the city had spent US$3-4 billion implementing canal dredging projects, half of the total amount needed. Some districts in the city such as Thu Duc, Tan Phu, Binh Tan, 9 and 12 often suffer from heavy flooding as their drainage systems have not been upgraded. The city has been able to rehabilitate some sewer systems in the city center. Therefore, the city should call for the private sector to get involved in anti-flood projects to cope with funding shortages, said Phi. A representative of the Steering Center of the…... [read more]


HCMC needs VND10 trillion for 36 flood control projectsVan Nam A centrifugal water pumping system is installed on Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh District, HCMC - PHOTO: THANH HOA HCMC – The government of HCMC, which is facing rising inundation triggered by rain and flood tides, is seeking an allocation of nearly VND10 trillion (US$43.96 million) from the central State budget to fund 36 flood control projects in 2016-2020. The city has asked the Prime Minister to assign the Ministries of Planning and Investment, and Finance to work out a budget allocation plan for these much-needed projects. The city has also sought approval from the PM to approve small anti-flood projects without feasibility studies required to speed up the construction process. It often takes a long time to do feasibility studies as the frequency of urban flooding is rising, thus causing traffic jams, affecting local residents’ lives and damaging their properties. Ho Long Phi, director of the Center of Water Management and Climate Change of the Vietnam National University in HCMC, told the Daily that the city had spent US$3-4 billion implementing canal dredging projects, half of the total amount needed. Some districts in the city such as Thu Duc, Tan Phu, Binh Tan, 9 and 12 often suffer from heavy flooding as their drainage systems have not been upgraded. The city has been able to rehabilitate some sewer systems in the city center. Therefore, the city should call for the private sector to get involved in anti-flood…... [read more]

During the three-day meeting, eight resolutions are expected to be ratified and issued, including a resolution on the tasks for socio-economic development, security and defence in 2007, a resolution on the property prices in the city in 2007 and a resolution on the supervision work of the People’s Council. Chairwoman of the Municipal People’s Council Ngo Thi Doan Thanh said at the meeting that the council will spend one third of the meeting on questions and answers relating to administrative reform, judicial reform, and issues of people’s concern. Also on December 7, the 9th meeting of the 7th Ho Chi Minh City Municipal People’s Council opened. At the meeting, the People’s Council will focus on reviewing the city’s socio-economic tasks in 2006, building plans for 2007 and the budget allocation plan for 2007. The meeting will also spare time for a question and answer session.... [read more]

Accordingly, the total central budget receipts for 2011 will reach VND398,679 billion and local budget receipts will be set at 206,321 billion. Total central budget spending will reach VND519,279 billion. Under the resolution, the Government is asked to empower budget allocation to ministries, central agencies, and provinces in compliance with the State Budget Law, the resolutions of the NA and its Standing Committee. Under the chairmanship of NA Vice Chairmen Uong Chu Luu and Nguyen Duc Kien, the NA also approved three bills including the Inspection (revised), Civil Servants, and Environment Protection Tax laws. The Government should ask central agencies and people’s committees at all level to allocate 2011 budget revenues and spendings by December, 2010 and report it to the NA. The NA continued to discussed the Law on Complaintsand Denunciations.... [read more]

12th NA concludes its eighth session in Hanoi After a full month of intensive work with a democratic spirit of renewal and a high sense of responsibility, the 12th National Assembly (NA) closed its eighth session in Hanoi on November 26. NA deputies passes resolution on completion of Dung Quat Oil Refinery The NA deputies passed a resolution on completion of Dung Quat oil refinery at the 8th session of the 12th National Assembly which closed in Hanoi on November 26. NA question-and-answer session concludes Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung continued to affirm the responsibility and determination of himself and the Government to work in the interests of the country and people at the NA hearing on November 24. PM answers NA deputies’ queries at the Q & A session Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung answered NA deputies’ queries at the 8th session of the 12th National Assembly on November 24. Giant State Corporation set to recover With strong determination to restructure and manage its operation well, the Vinashin Business Group (Vinashin) will quite capable of paying its debt and make a profit by 2013 or 2014. NA deputies question ministers of finance and agriculture Minister of Finance Vu Van Ninh on November 23 fielded questions from National Assembly deputies about granting business permits, the balance sheets for capital construction, slow-paced projects, price increases, and the finance ministry’s management responsibility. NA gets hot with healthcare issues Building more hospitals and training sufficient personnel are basic and long-term solutions to deal…... [read more]

Budget targets for 2017 passed Van Ly HANOI - The National Assembly (NA) on November 14 passed a resolution on budget appropriations for 2017, with revenue and expenditure targets set at VND729.73 trillion and VND902.03 trillion respectively. Presenting the draft resolution, NA Deputy Secretary General Le Bo Linh added local budget collections are projected at VND482.45 trillion next year while an estimated VND254.63 trillion would be provided for localities. Nguyen Duc Hai, member of the NA Standing Committee and chairman of the NA Committee on Finance and Budget, said NA deputies had discussed the budget allocation plan. Many of them proposed reviewing the proportions of budget appropriations for certain cities and provinces such as HCMC which will face a five-percentage-point cut in shared budget revenues and Danang will get 17 percentage points lower than before. They said these big cuts would give them no motivation to strive for further development. Budget allocations should be kept at reasonable levels for those localities and regions seen as economically dynamic, they said. Hai took note of those views but said: “The 2015 Law on State Budget specifies that after a certain duration, local authorities must find ways to improve their budget collections or increase the percentage of shared revenue for the central Government.” He said the budget appropriations were based on total expenditures of the State budget estimated for 2017-2020 on the new principles, criteria and norms. The appropriation rates are in favor of the cities and provinces that make great contributions to…... [read more]

Budget paradox The Saigon Times Daily Top leaders of HCMC – including Party Secretary Dinh La Thang and Chair of the People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam – at the ongoing National Assembly session in Hanoi have voiced their protests against the budget allocation plan for the city in the 2017-2020 period, under which the city is allowed to retain only 17% of its annual budget revenue for its expenses. That percentage marks not only a sharp fall from the 23% proportion allowed for the city in the 2011-2016 period, but also a strong drop in the amount of disposable income for HCMC, which will certainly hinder the growth tempo of a city often touted as the economic locomotive of the country. While budget allocations for other localities around the country over the years have increased, the budget allocation for HCMC has been watered down, from 29% of its revenue in 2001-2006 to 26% in 2007-2010, and 23% in 2011-2015. Given the comparative fall in budget allocation, leaders of the cash-strapped city during working sessions with the Government and central agencies have pressed for a change, demanding more capital to help the city sustain its growth momentum. During a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on June 27, HCMC Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong proposed that the central Government maintain the proportion of 23% of revenue for the city and keep this percentage unchanged for ten years so that the city can have resources to upgrade its infrastructure as the…... [read more]

Ms. Do Thi Lan, Deputy Head of the 14th National Assembly (NA) deputy delegation of the Quang Ninh province, on September 26th met voters in Co To and Van Don districts to report contents and programs of the 2nd session of the 14th NA as well as listened to ideas and proposals of the voters sending to the session. At the meeting, Ms. Do Thi Lan emphasized from October 20th to November 20th, 2016, the 14th NA would consider to adopt four draft laws and a draft resolutions; discuss 14 draft laws; question-and-answer questions as well as consider and evaluate a number of other important issues related to the results of the socio-economic plan implementation and state budget in 2016; decide socio-economic development plan, state budget estimation and state budget allocation plans in 2017; target and orientations for mobilization, use of loans and public debt management in the 2016-2020 period. At the meeting, voters in Co To district expressed their pleasure before the strong development of the country and the province and believed that the 2nd session of the 14th NA would continue to giving out solutions to help the country develop rapidly and sustainably. The voters in Co To district also proposed the 14th NA many important issues related to strengthen the fight against corruption; continue to prioritize investment in socio-economic infrastructure development in border areas, islands and have effective solutions to protect the environment, especially the marine and island environment. Ms. Do Thi Lan directly answered the proposals…... [read more]

Vietnam works to ensure people’s right to development Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has affirmed the country’s all-out efforts to ensure people’s right to development while addressing the high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Declaration on the right to development. On the occasion of the UN General Assembly session, Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh had meetings with Foreign Ministers of Bulgaria, Belgium, Argentina and Hungary. He also met with Chairman of the Foreign Policy Commission of the Italian Senate Pier Ferdinando Casini and President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Fabrizio Cicchitto, and US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken. 14th NA Standing Committee concludes third session The third session of the 14th National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee concluded in Hanoi on September 22 after eight and a half days of working. The committee’s members touched upon ten draft laws and one draft resolution that will be submitted to the 14th NA at its second session, including the law on water resources, the law on railway, the law on technology transfer, the law on foreign trade management, and the law on management and use of State assets, among others. They gave opinions on the committee’s draft resolution for regulations on the formation, verification and submission of State budget estimates, central budget allocation plans and State budget balance to the NA for approval. Vietnam Diplomatic Bluebook 2015 released The ‘Vietnam Diplomatic Bluebook 2015’ was…... [read more]

HÀ NỘI - The draft law on associations sat at the top of the National Assembly Standing Committee's agenda during the last working day of their third session yesterday. The draft law contains specific articles concerning association registration, association rules and State management of associations. Most deputies agreed that the law must create favourable conditions for citizens to practice their rights to establish associations and tap into associations' self-regulation, use of volunteers and sense of responsibility. However, they said the draft law should more specifically regulate State management over associations, particularly those with foreigners or that are not registered, in order to ensure operations are law abiding. Lê Thị Nga, Chairwoman of the NA's Justice Committee, said associations that are not required for registration and associations without legal entities all need specific regulations in order to ensure the respect of people's rights while also ensuring State management over unregistered associations. Some deputies proposed strict specific regulations on association formation in order to avoid the establishment of associations en mass, which could cause difficulty for State management, and avoid the abuse of association establishment for illegal activities. Regarding regulation that allows foreigners working legally in Việt Nam to join associations, NA General Secretary Nguyễn Hạnh Phúc said more studies are necessary to ensure their rights are respected and their operation abide by Vietnamese laws. Vice NA Chairman Uông Chu Lưu called this an important law, urging care to ensure the law fully respects the rights of citizens as stipulated in the…... [read more]




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