Experts discuss management models for economic zones

Experts at the Law Committee’s forum on Thursday called for an early decision on administrative management models for special administrative economic zones. National Assembly (NA)’s Deputy Chairman Uong Chu Luu said at the forum several options were discussed to decide which administrative management model should be applied to which economic zone. The first option proposed there would be no people’s councils and people’s committees but a head of the zone appointed by the Prime Minister, with a centralised power and a compact administrative management system. The second option was to continue with people’s councils and people’s committees in the special zones like other localities. Luu said another option proposed the setting up of people’s councils and committees but with a chairman who would be empowered like the head of the zone. “Whichever option is chosen, it must comply with the Constitution and ensure a compact and efficient administrative management system to drive growth,” Luu said. The draft Law on Special Administrative Economic Unit is expected to be discussed at the fifth meeting of the 14th National Assembly in May. Nguyen Si Dung, former Deputy Head of NA Office, emphasised the urgency to make a quick decision. He believed the first option was a good administrative management model as it would create conditions for a breakthrough development of the special zones. There were concerns, however, about the mechanism to prevent the abuse of power by zonal heads, he said. “Don’t expect everything to be perfect from the beginning. The mechanism and… [Read full story]


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