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Experts discuss management models for economic zones

Update: January, 08/2018 - 06:00
A view of Vân Đồn in northern province of Quảng Ninh which will be developed into a special administrative economic zone in the future. - Photo baodautu.vn
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HÀ NỘI — 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 Uông Chu Lưu 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.

Lưu 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,” Lưu 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.

Nguyễn Sĩ Dũng, 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 policies will be improved during the operation,” former Deputy Minister of Justice Hoàng Thế Liên was quoted by Đầu Tư (Investment) online newspaper. Liên said he favoured the first option.

Echoing Liên, former Deputy Head of NA Economic Committee Nguyễn Văn Phúc voted for the first option, agreeing this model would create breakthroughs.

Phan Trung Lý, former Head of the NA Law Committee, however, voted for the second option, saying both options were compliant with the Constitution.

According Đặng Hùng Võ, former Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, the proposal to provide a 99-year land lease term for several prioritised sectors in the draft law was necessary to encourage huge, long-term investments.

Hastened preparation

On Thursday, a delegation from the board of the project tasked with establishing special administrative economic zones, headed by Minister of Home Affairs Lê Vĩnh Tân, worked with the central coast province of Khánh Hòa to develop Bắc Vân Phong special administrative economic zone.

On Wednesday, the delegation worked with the southern province of Kiên Giang to develop Phú Quốc special zone.

It will also work with the northern province of Quảng Ninh to develop Vân Đồn special zone.

Tân said the projects for developing special administrative economic zones of the three provinces would be evaluated and completed to be proposed to the Government in February.

Trần Duy Đông, Director of the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Economic Zone Management Department, said 12 criteria were developed to evaluate the projects of developing Vân Đồn, Bắc Vân Phong and Phú Quốc special administrative economic units. — VNS

 

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