Condotels’ legality to be clarified amid rising demand

NDO – The Prime Minister has entrusted the Dong Nai provincial People’s Committee to chair and work with the Ministry of Transport, and other relevant agencies, to design a pre-feasibility study report for the Long Thanh International Airport land clearance, compensation and resettlement project. >>> Long Thanh Airport designs displayed to gather public feedback >>> NA discusses US$16 billion Long Thanh airport project The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is assigned to coordinate with the relevant units in examining the report in line with regulations, before reporting it to the PM, so that the Government may then submit the report to the 14th National Assembly (NA) at its upcoming fourth session. Depending on their functions, tasks and jurisdictions, the relevant ministries and sectors are responsible for working in conjunction with the Dong Nai People’s Committee in order to promptly construct and finalise the contents of the project’s feasibility study report. The Government leader has assigned the MPI, in collaboration with the Ministries of Finance and Transport, to balance and prepare the investment capital for the project, with the immediate task of transferring the NA-approved VND5 trillion (US$220 million) capital source to the Dong Nai People’s Committee, for them to manage and use in accordance with the law. Concerning the selection of an advisory service for the compilation of the project’s feasibility study report, the PM agreed on the application in the form of selecting contractors in special cases, as stipulated in Article 26…... [read more]

A view of Vietwater Expo 2016. — Photo vwsa.org.vn The 2017 Vietwater Expo and Forum, Viet Nam’s leading international water supply, sanitation, water resources and purification event, will welcome the participation of 14 international pavilions. The expo will be held at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC), District 7, HCM City, from November 8 to 10, with more than 450 leading water players from 38 countries and territories and 14,000 trade visitors from all over the world expected to attend. The ninth edition of Vietwater will be a platform for local and international enterprises to showcase their recent solutions and innovations, and learn from practical experiences in water supply, wastewater treatment and sewage management and operation as well as connect and source new products and equipment in all sectors of the water industry. They will present a vast array of technologies and equipment in all segments of the water industry, including pumps, valves, bio-enzymes and water and wastewater treatment, as well as blowers, boilers, control system and cooling water treatment, along with desalination, filters, meters and pipes. With support from the Viet Nam Water Supply and Sewerage Association and the Ministry of Construction, the event will be organised by UBM Asia. It is a part of the Water & Wastewater Industry Show series, which includes ASIAWATER, Myanmar Water, Thai Water and Water Philippines. — VNS ... [read more]

When it comes to social housing or affordable housing for low-income earners, funding is usually a key factor in such projects. However, once the projects are completed, problems in planning, investment management and efficiency tend to crop up. Few resettled families move to Hoàng Cầu Resettlement Housing Project in Hà Nội’s Đống Đa District despite the project almost being completed. - Photo daidongland.com In Hà Nội, poor planning has been blamed for the high demand for low-cost housing and disused housing projects. Late last month, the Ministry of Construction agreed to re-designate three apartment buildings meant for students in Pháp Vân – Tứ Hiệp New Urban Area to social housing for other low-income earners. The State-funded dorm project consists of six apartment buildings in Pháp Vân- Tứ Hiệp New Urban Area in Hoàng Mai District. The project began construction in September, 2009 and was expected to provide accommodation for 22,000 students. Since January, 2015, three apartment buildings have been completed with more than 1,200 furnished apartments, each apartment nearly 57 sq.m for eight students priced at VND 205,000 per person per month. The rental price is a third or a quarter of prices offered by private landlords. When the project was announced, as many as 15,000 students of universities and colleges in the project’s neighbourhood applied for accommodation. However, so far, just 30 per cent of completed apartments are in use. …... [read more]

The move is an effort to combat overexploitation of the natural resource by companies that take advantage of loose regulations. According to a law signed in 2013, businesses tasked with conducting dredging projects at local coastlines or rivers are allowed to export saline sand collected from the activity in order to recoup their investment. Many companies have taken advantage of the regulation to obtain dredging licenses and then ‘sold’ the project to other companies, which in turn enjoyed the rights to export saline sand and earn big profits. The sand exporters would declare unusually low export prices to avoid taxes. According to Pham Van Bac, director of the Department of Construction Materials under the Ministry of Construction, the ministry has no intention of either extending the export permits or issuing new ones when the last of them expire in September. “As of right now there are only two valid permits left that allow the export of saline sand, and they will expire in September,” Bac said. “From then on, Vietnam will no longer export saline sand and will instead use the material to supply only domestic construction projects.” The Ministry of Construction has also tasked the Department of Construction Materials with conducting the necessary research to introduce a set of standards and guidelines on using saline sand in construction in place of regular sand. The natural resource is expected to be used in concrete constructions that do not require reinforced steel, which could…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has demanded that all corresponding government departments, agencies and institutions to adjust policies as part of an “action-minded” government, to unburden Vietnamese firms of unnecessary business regulations, namely redundant business permits and categorisation. Businesses register at the Ha Noi Department of Planning and Investment.  In the past month, the PM has requested the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) to conduct research on business conditions in Viet Nam, with emphasis on legislation and procedures that may be deemed obstructive to business development. Findings from this research must be submitted to the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) by August 10. Officials from the two ministries will then compile a list of legal documents on business conditions that the VCCI and CIEM consider excessive, and work together with the Government Office so that the PM can receive a full report with detailed solutions for a better business environment by August 25. The move is considered necessary for a “government of action and integrity that nurtures development and better serves the people”, according to PM Phuc. Got permits? A key issue that calls for the PM’s attention is that out of the current roster of 243 business branches and sectors that require legal permissions from government authorities, 16 business branches do not in fact need such permits, said Dau Anh Tuan, Director General of the Legal Department of the VCCI. For…... [read more]

Businesses register at the Ha Noi Department of Planning and Investment. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has demanded that all corresponding government departments, agencies and institutions to adjust policies as part of an “action-minded” government, to unburden Vietnamese firms of unnecessary business regulations, namely redundant business permits and categorisation. In the past month, the PM has requested the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) to conduct research on business conditions in Viet Nam, with emphasis on legislation and procedures that may be deemed obstructive to business development. Findings from this research must be submitted to the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) by August 10. Officials from the two ministries will then compile a list of legal documents on business conditions that the VCCI and CIEM consider excessive, and work together with the Government Office so that the PM can receive a full report with detailed solutions for a better business environment by August 25. The move is considered necessary for a “government of action and integrity that nurtures development and better serves the people”, according to PM Phuc. Got permits? A key issue that calls for the PM’s attention is that out of the current roster of 243 business branches and sectors that require legal permissions from government authorities, 16 business branches do not in fact need such…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has demanded that all corresponding government departments, agencies and institutions to adjust policies as part of an “action-minded” government, to unburden Vietnamese firms of unnecessary business regulations, namely redundant business permits and categorisation. Businesses register at the Hà Nội Department of Planning and Investment.-VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam In the past month, the PM has requested the Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) to conduct research on business conditions in Việt Nam, with emphasis on legislation and procedures that may be deemed obstructive to business development. Findings from this research must be submitted to the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) by August 10. Officials from the two ministries will then compile a list of legal documents on business conditions that the VCCI and CIEM consider excessive, and work together with the Government Office so that the PM can receive a full report with detailed solutions for a better business environment by August 25. The move is considered necessary for a “government of action and integrity that nurtures development and better serves the people”, according to PM Phúc. Got permits? A key issue that calls for the PM’s attention is that out of the current roster of 243 business branches and sectors that require legal permissions from government authorities, 16 business branches…... [read more]

PM calls for credit and investment expansion to fuel growthTu Hoang HANOI – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged credit and investment expansion in the final five months of 2017 to help meet the year’s economic growth target. Addressing the Government’s regular meeting last week, Phuc asked the State Bank of Vietnam to tell commercial banks to cut interest rates to encourage businesses to increase borrowing and thus achieve loan growth of 20% or above this year, but credit quality and macroeconomic stability should be guaranteed. The Ministry of Planning and Investment was asked to urgently complete a detailed public investment plan for accelerating capital disbursement for public projects and take measures to raise the ratio of investment in the economy to 34-35% of gross domestic product (GDP). Besides, the ministry shall review business conditions and eliminate those deemed as inappropriate. According to the PM, controlling inflation and attaining the GDP growth target would be tough in the rest of the year. Therefore, ministries, departments and localities should work together and take more drastic measures. He asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to give updates to the PM before August 20 so that specific adjustments for each sector can be made in a timely manner. The Ministry of Transport shall find ways to make the most of Cai Mep-Thi Vai port complex which is operating far below capacity, increase logistics services in the Saigon Port system and reduce costs for import-export goods going through Haiphong Port in the…... [read more]

Government vows to help businesses cut costsTu Hoang HANOI – The Government will take measures to help enterprises lower input costs, Mai Tien Dung, Minister and Chairman of the Government Office, said after the Government’s regular meeting last week. These costs include transport, infrastructure, logistics and specialized inspection fees. Currently, 30-35% of cargo must be inspected in the customs clearance process but the proportion will be reduced to 15%. According to Dung, there are over 5,700 types of procedure and certificate required by ministries and ministerial-level agencies. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has the largest number, 220, while the Ministry of Construction has the least number, 106. The Prime Minister has asked ministries and ministerial-level agencies to review their procedures and eliminate those unnecessary, said Dung. The Ministry of Finance is responsible for reviewing customs fees and taxes while the Ministry of Planning and Investment is tasked with rechecking investment, construction and land procedures. The Prime Minister also asked ministries to boost non-cash payments, simplify business registration procedures and reduce logistics and water transport fees. The Government will promote the application of information technology in administrative reform and assign more responsibilities to heads of ministries and agencies. For public services, the Government asked the Ministry of Finance, relevant ministries and provincial people’s councils to streamline procedures, and slash costs for business and brand registration as well as customs clearance. Speaking about the 6.7% gross domestic product (GDP) growth target this year, Dung said the country is facing a slew…... [read more]

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked ministries to examine their working performance as businesses are in the long queue to have their affairs done. PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc chairs the Government’s regular meeting, Ha Noi,  August 3, 2017 - Photo: VGP/Quang Hieu PM Phuc made the request yesterday while chairing the Government’s regular meeting in July on August 3 on measures to cut income expenditures for businesses. Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung reported that a document on cutting fees and income expenditures for enterprises was submitted to the PM on July 31. Nevertheless, Minister of Construction Pham Hong Ha and Minister-Chairman of the Office of the Government Mai Tien Dung complained that the document has yet presented an overview of business expenditures. They also proposed the Government make fundamental direction. Minister Dung stressed the need to focus on other costs in construction licenses, labor, market and capital access. The Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry reported that out of 243 conditional business lines, there are 5,719 business conditions (usually so-called small licenses). The Ministry of Industry and Trade regulates 27 conditional business lines, the largest of this kind with 1,220 small business licenses. The Ministry of Construction required the least conditional business lines (17) and 106 small licenses. Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue stressed that businesses are suffering high expenditures from customs clearance. So far, the proportion of imported shipments subject to specialized inspections during the customs clearance period was 35%. However, the erroneous rate was only 0.06%. Thus, the proportion was…... [read more]




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