HCM CITY — The HCM City Party Committee is seeking to make five mechanism and policy changes that it says will foster development and administrative reform, and is seeking approval from the Politburo, National Assembly, and Government for them.
At a two-day meeting chaired by Politburo member Le Thanh Hai that ended yesterday, the committee called on the Politburo to issue a resolution enabling the Government to effect the changes.
Firstly, it wants the Government to further devolve authority to HCM City in the areas of administration, finance, land management, and human-resource development.
Secondly, it wants to be allowed to reorganise agencies and departments affiliated to the city People's Committee and empower them fully and comprehensively, thus speeding up administrative reform.
Thirdly, to fully tap the potential and boost the strength created by co-operation between the city and localities in the Key Southern Economic Zone, it wants the Government to study, assess, and draw up a master plan for the development of the zone and its major sectors and products.
Fourthly, the city wants the National Assembly and Government to give priority to funding major inter-regional infrastructure works like a 89km ring road between Nhon Trach in Dong Nai Province and Ben Luc in Long An Province; the 180km Ring Road No. 4 (from Trang Bom in Dong Nai to Can Giuoc in Long An); and the HCM City – Can Tho, HCM City – Long Thanh, and Vung Tau – Long Thanh – Dau Giay – Da Lat Highways.
Fifthly, it has asked the Government to allocate funds to develop HCM City Port as a national port, dredge the Soai Rap and Long Tau Rivers, and develop the areas around the city's Cat Lai and Hiep Phuoc ports.
Besides, National Assembly and the Government permission have been sought to create a mechanism to mobilise capital from various sources and under different modes to carry out six "breakthrough" programmes in the city.
The meeting also discussed targets for the next decade, including average annual growth of 12 per cent, half again as much as national GDP growth rates.
HCM City targets its population to have an average income of US$8,500 by 2020. – VNS