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PM Dung asks for tighter control of golf course plans

Update: April, 23/2012 - 10:42

HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked ministries and localities to enhance management, inspection and supervision of golf courses according to the development plan.

After two years of implementing the plan, 29 out of 90 planned golf courses have been put into operation, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI).

Golf courses have effectively contributed to shifting economic structure at the local level through provision of services, tourist attractions and job creation.

However, the plan now appears to have been flawed since the functioning golf courses have not generated enough jobs for the local residents whose land was revoked in order to build the courses.

Therefore the Prime Minister requested that the provincial people's committees report to the MPI and readjust the plans for golf course construction projects that had not yet been started or transferred to another location. The committees would be expected to report on all projects, even those that were granted investment certificates before the issuance of the Prime Minister's decision.

The Prime Minister also requested that the provinces carefully calculate the feasibility of all new projects based on conditions set out in his decision and to report to the MPI for adding them to the adjusted plan.

He said land for rice cultivation, protected or specially-purposed forests, industrial parks, and urban areas are banned from being converted into golf courses.

Additionally, the land for golf courses would not be used to build houses and villas for sale or transfer.

The construction of golf courses is mainly in regions that have a high potential for tourism, on coastal hills and uncultivated land. The land for golf courses in the plan must be closely monitored and examined to ensure that it is used for the right purpose.

Dung has also asked the provincial people's committees to instruct investors to move forward with the projects they registered. "Investors' business certificates will be revoked if they fail to realise their projects on time, or if the projects cause damage to the environment", he said.

Based on the objectives of economic development, municipal and provincial people's committees should work with the MPI and related ministries and sectors to consider the necessary aspects of golf course construction and the associated public services. The Ministry of Planning and Investment should coordinate with provinces to calculate demand and assess the number of golf courses by 2020, to recommend further adjustments to the initial plan. — VNS

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