To accelerate the progress of completing documents submitted for approval by provincial planning in Vietnam

To accelerate the progress of completing documents submitted for approval by provincial planning in Vietnam
Dương Châu Thanh

Which localities have just been directed to speed up the process of completing documents submitted for approval of provincial planning for the 2021–2030 period?

To accelerate the progress of completing documents submitted for approval by provincial planning in Vietnam

To accelerate the progress of completing documents submitted for approval by provincial planning in Vietnam (Internet image)

To accelerate the progress of completing documents submitted for approval by provincial planning in Vietnam

Content mentioned in Notice 430/TB-VPCP 2023, conclusion of Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha at an online meeting with 12 localities on accelerating the progress of completing documents submitted for approval of the Provincial Planning for the period 2021–2030, with a vision to 2050 issued by the Government Office of Vietnam.

The announcement clearly states: On October 21, 2023, at Government Headquarters, Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha chaired an online meeting with 12 localities on accelerating the progress of completing documents submitted for approval of provincial planning for the period 2021–2030, with a vision to 2050.

Also attending the meeting at the Government Headquarters bridge were leaders and representatives of ministries and agencies: Planning and Investment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Transport, Construction, Natural Resources and Environment. School, Finance, Police, National Defense, Industry and Trade, Government Inspectorate, Government Office.

At the local bridge points were leaders of the People's Committees of the provinces and centrally run cities: Hai Phong, Da Nang, Ha Giang, Bac Kan, Phu Tho, Bac Ninh, Quang Ngai, Binh Phuoc, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, An Giang, Kien Giang, Ca Mau, and a number of related departments, branches, and units.

Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha concluded that Provincial planning is directional planning and has a long-term vision for development direction, spatial organization of socio-economic activities, and local resource allocation.

Through reviewing documents and opinions of 12 localities and ministries and agencies at the meeting, 07 groups of problems were identified that most localities still have problems with.

The meeting agreed on handling principles for localities to study, absorb, and complete documents submitted for approval of provincial planning, specifically as follows:

**Related to Electricity Planning VIII (on power supply network development plan):

- The Chairman of the People's Committee of the province and centrally run city is responsible for directing the updating of important projects and works with investment priorities identified in Power Planning VIII into Provincial Planning.

- People's Committees of provinces and centrally run cities, based on socio-economic development needs and local electric energy development potential to propose an additional list of potential power source and potential power grid projects in the Provincial Planning but must be consistent with the viewpoints, goals, orientations, and plans for developing power sources and power grids, criteria and arguments in Power Planning VIII. The implementation of the above projects will only be carried out when ensuring compliance with the Implementation Plan of Power Planning VIII approved by competent authorities, in accordance with the conditions, criteria, and arguments according to Power Plan VIII and have the investment policy approved by competent authorities according to relevant legal regulations.

**Relating to mineral planning (on plans to protect, exploit, and use mineral resources):

- People's Committees of provinces and centrally run cities review and propose plans to protect, exploit, and use mineral resources to ensure compliance with the exploration, exploitation, and processing planning and use of minerals in the period 2021–2030, with a vision to 2050, as approved by the Prime Minister in Decision 866/QD-TTg in 2023; the planning for basic geological surveys of minerals in the period 2021–2030, with a vision to 2050, was approved by the Prime Minister in Decision 680/QD-TTg in 2023; national sector plans; and other relevant regulations.

- In case problems arise during the implementation of the Provincial Plan related to the delineation of national mineral reserve areas, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is assigned to preside and coordinate with the ministries of Industry and Trade, Construction, and relevant agencies to guide localities; report to competent authorities any content beyond your authority.

**About the development plan for industries, fields, functional areas, and other contents in the Provincial Planning (traffic, urban, industry, tourism, forestry, sea reclamation, etc.)

- Based on the local socio-economic development orientation, the People's Committees of provinces and centrally run cities can propose land use needs according to the development plan for industries, fields, functional areas, and other contents in the Provincial Plan to ensure compliance with the planning period to 2030 and vision to 2050 (with long-term orientation).

- The implementation of projects after provincial planning is approved must ensure compliance with land use planning targets for 2021–2030, and the 5-year national land use plan for 2021–2025 has been allocated to provinces and centrally run cities according to Decision 326/QD-TTg dated March 9, 2022, of the Prime Minister and adjustment and supplement decisions (if any) of competent authorities.

**Related to Forestry Planning (on forest cover rate and forest area in Provincial Planning):

Currently, the National Forestry Plan has not been approved by the Prime Minister. During the process of preparing the Provincial Planning, the People's Committee of the province and the centrally run city review and determine the rate of forest cover and forest area in the Provincial Planning to ensure compliance with the Party's policies and directions on forest protection and development and forest land use norms approved in Decision 326/QD-TTg in 2022 of the Prime Minister.

**About the list of projects expected to be prioritized for implementation

People's Committees of provinces and centrally run cities review and can propose projects and works that are being reviewed and handled according to the Conclusions of inspection, examination, investigation, audit, and execution of judgments, they are included in the list of projects expected to be prioritized for implementation in accordance with the orientation of provincial planning but specified in the document submitted to the Prime Minister, the Government must commit not to legalize violations and take full responsibility before the law and the Prime Minister for the process of preparation, appraisal, and approval of project policies and investment decisions according to the principle that they can only be implemented after all contents have been fully implemented according to the Conclusion of inspection, examination, investigation, audit, judgment, and approval by competent authorities, ensuring compliance with current regulations.

**Regarding the plan to arrange administrative units at district and commune levels:

- Implemented according to Official Telegram 616/CD-TTg of the Prime Minister in 2023, it is necessary to express directional content in the arrangement of administrative units at district and commune levels in provincial planning.

- Determining the scope, boundaries, and geographical names and implementing specific arrangements of administrative units at district and commune levels will be carried out according to the decision of the competent authority.

**About the plan to determine the defense area

Chairman of the People's Committee of provinces and centrally run cities directs the review and updating of contents related to the defense sector in provincial planning, ensuring compliance according to Decision 2256/QD-BQP in 2023 of the Minister of National Defense.

More details can be found in Notice 430/TB-VPCP in 2023.

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