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Planning lacks guidelines

Update: August, 26/2015 - 09:52
The conference, held to discuss the drafting of the Planning Bill, was organised by the Economic Committee of the National Assembly, the Ministry for Planning and Investment (MPI) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat.— Photo VNA

HA NOI (VNS) — The Vietnamese Government may only be able to finance one third of the 20,000 or so planning projects it has prepared for the nation, Vu Quang Cac, Director General of the Department for Planning Management told a conference in Ha Noi on Monday.

Cac said US$400 billion was needed to carry out all the approved plans, but added that there was only between $100 billion to $150 billion to do the work. He added that there were nearly 20,000 plans and projects to be undertaken, ranging from socio-economic master plans to plans for districts, towns and regions.

The conference, held to discuss the drafting of the Planning Bill, was organised by the Economic Committee of the National Assembly, the Ministry for Planning and Investment (MPI) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat.

The director said Government planning was full of shortcomings and limitations and was in dire need of a revamp in administrative procedures and in development to become an effective tool for socio-economic development.

Cac noted that planning was often abused by local authorities, admitting that those issuing licences often created unnecessary problems that obstructed business activities. .

He also said that many of the plans lacked a scientific basis, were inconsistent or overlapped other plans.

Professor Detlef Kammeier at the Bangkok-based Asian Institute of Technology said Vietnamese planning agencies must stop competing with each other to balance the country's collective and private planning processes.

He noted that a country's objective in planning should not just be GDP growth, other factors such as environmental and public well-being must also be considered.

Professor Nguyen Quang, UN-Habitat Manager in Viet Nam, said there was a need to build a set of key principles to guide the planning process. He said these should promote local participation, transparency and accountability.

The MPI introduced the draft Planning Bill during the conference. Containing six chapters and 66 articles, the draft Planning Bill is seen as a major step towards setting up a comprehensive planning system in Viet Nam.

It is expected to be presented at the National Assembly's 10th meeting next October for debating and the 11th meeting in March 2016 for approval. — VNS

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