The move was made after online newspaper Vietnamplus reported on the theft of coal at key coal mines
The General Department of Geology and Minerals of Việt Nam under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has asked key coal enterprises to supervise the management and use of charcoal and other kinds of minerals discharged from mining areas.
Government officials have announced that mineral exploitation will be more tightly controlled under a new regulation coming into effect January 15.
Experts debated last week whether the Law on Mineral Resources (LoMR) should be amended, with some arguing that several of its articles are unrealistic.
Lại Hồng Thanh, Deputy Director of the General Department of Geology and Minerals of Việt Nam, speaks to Nông thôn Ngày nay newspaper (Countryside Today) about challenges in mineral extraction in Việt Nam.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) Trần Hồng Hà approved the establishment of an evaluation council to assess the potential resources of bauxite and laterite ore in southern Việt Nam.