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Construction investment procedures synchronised

Update: May, 28/2009 - 00:00

Construction investment procedures synchronised

(29-05-2009)

HA NOI — The Minister of Planning and Investment, Vo Hong Phuc, yesterday presented to the National Assembly a bill revising six laws relating to capital construction investment.

The laws to be amended included those on Construction, Bidding, Enterprises, Environment Protection, Land and Housing.

The proposed changes aimed to tackle obstacles puzzling investors, ministries and agencies in capital construction, particularly problems relating to investment procedures – making and approving projects and selecting contractors.

The bill would change regulations that were no longer suitable, avoid overlapping and synchronise relevant laws, the minister said.

Administration procedures in the domain would be simplified and state management enhanced as a result, he added.

"Once approved, the amendment will contribute to a complete legal system on capital construction investment in our country," said Phuc.

"It would help improve the investment environment and create favourable conditions for attracting investments, particularly to promote State budget disbursement and socio-economic development."

The amended laws had also proved Viet Nam’s commitment to international integration and the country’s efforts to make investment management transparent and improve investment effectiveness, according to the minister.

In its appraisal report on the bill, the NA Economic Committee meanwhile recommended a change to the articles on order and procedures in capital construction in the laws of Construction, Bidding, Enterprises and Environment Protection, which were described as directly relating to the field.

The committee’s Chairman, Ha Van Hien, said that the committee agreed with the Government’s proposed changes to the Land and Housing laws to replace land-use rights and home-ownership right certificates with a single piece of paper certifying the rights of using land and owning a house and other assets attached to the land.

The existence of the two certificates had annoyed people and investors, according to the Chairman. Houses, land and assets were always closely linked to one another. The merger of the two certificates was the aspiration of many voters and had been discussed in previous sessions, Hien said.

The Economic Committee proposed to name the new paper "the Certificate of Land-Use Rights and the Right to Own a House and Other Assets".

Cinematography

Deputies spared half of yesterday’s session to discuss the proposed changes to the Law on Cinematography in order to create a clear legal environment for the sector’s development and its global integration.

The management of film quality and foreign co-operation drew large debates.

Ha Noi deputy Ngo Thi Doan Thanh agreed to permit domestic filmmakers to co-operate with foreign partners: foreigners could contribute up to 51 per cent of the total capital.

However, Nguyen Ngoc Dang from Ha Noi and Nguyen Duc Kien from Soc Trang Province said the law should not limit foreign investment to 51 per cent because Viet Nam’s cinema remained poor in terms of production and therefore needed large amounts of foreign investment.

According to Kien, a shareholder who keeps 51 per cent of a company’s capital has the same power as when he owns 90 per cent. The regulation was therefore inappropriate, he said.

Can Tho City’s deputy Cu Thi Le Phi was meanwhile worried about preserving traditional values when the regulation was enacted, particularly the draft law permitting foreigners to be the directors of a film studio.

Both deputies Thanh and Phi opposed the current condition that eligible film importers must have a film studio.

Most of the deputies yesterday asked to regulate television stations to broadcast Vietnamese films at least 30 per cent of the time. They also proposed to improve the responsibilities of the general director and the director of each television station in ensuring the broadcast films matched traditional customs.

Concerning the quality of foreign films broadcast on TV, many deputies proposed to assign the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) to screen the quality of said films.

Under the current law, MCST censors films imported to be screened at cinemas and at home. Television stations meanwhile are media organisations and under the management of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC). The MoIC manages journalistic matters.

The Soc Trang deputy also questioned film censorship because no organisation was in charge of censoring films with Vietnamese subtitles on channels like HBO and Cinemax.

According to Ha Noi deputy Dang, the law should have a chapter on "international co-operation", along with an article about actors and training actors.

Phu Tho deputy Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen and HCM City deputy Pham Phuong Thao voiced the same opinion that there must be open bids for films using the State budget in order to create opportunities for different film producers.

Heritage preservation

However, Ha Noi representative Thanh said that bidding might not be necessary for films of cultural figures or historic importance, because these films were meant for education rather than to entertain audiences.

The basis for identifying original elements of a historical relic worried Ha Noi deputies who attended the discussion on the changes to the Law on Cultural Heritage yesterday afternoon.

Deputy Dao Trong Thi said that the article regulating the restoration of relics was vague and made it difficult for people to observe the law.

The law should specify that the original elements were those recorded in the file recognising a place as an historical relic, he said.

Deputy Tran Thi Quoc Khanh meanwhile suggested an article on urban heritage protection to be put into the law as well.

"We can therefore have legal basis to protect many things in ancient towns, including lifestyles and cultures, not just relics," Khanh said.

"We have such precious places like Ha Noi’s old quarter, Hoi An and Duong Lam to preserve," she added. — VNS

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