|Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has requested authorities of the southern province of Kien Giang to soon finalise the Phu Quoc sepcial economic zone master plan to submit to the Politburo for approval. — Photo vneconomy.vn
KIEN GIANG (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged the southern Kien Giang provincial authorities to finalise the Phu Quoc special economic zone master plan soon.
The plan will then be submitted to the Politburo for approval.
Under the plan, the 58,923ha Phu Quoc special economic zone will have a two-tier administration, one at the EZ level and the other at ward and commune levels.
The coastal economic zone will cover the whole of Phu Quoc Island, encompassing the towns of Duong Dong and An Thoi, and the eight communes of Cua Can, Ganh Dau, Bai Thom and Ham Ninh, as well as Cua Duong, Duong To, Tho Chu and Hon Thom.
The special economic zone will have both executive and legislative branches, the People's Committee and the People's Council respectively.
The lower levels will have neither the executive nor the legislature. Ten wards and communes will be governed by administrative committees that are representatives of the EZ administration.
The island will have a duty-free zone, comprising An Thoi Port and Phu Quoc Airport. The area outside this zone will have tourism and other services, as well as port logistics. The EZ will also include an industrial area, urban and residential areas as well as an administrative area.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung issued a decision on the establishment of the Phu Quoc special economic zone in May, 2013.
The Phu Quoc Island district covers a total natural area of 593sq.km, including 27 islands. Phu Quoc Island is the largest with a total area of 567sq.km.
By the end of 2014, Phu Quoc district had drawn 200 investment projects with a total area of more than 8,700ha.
Deputy PM Phuc instructed Kien Giang to continue development programmes, speed up investment restructuring and take measures to improve the investment environment and competitiveness. — VNS