Specific mechanisms, policies for HCM City’s development under NA’s consideration

- Friday, 26/05/2023, 11:40

A proposal and a verification report on the National Assembly’s draft resolution on some specific mechanisms and policies for the development of Ho Chi Minh City were scrutinised during the ongoing fifth meeting of the 15th legislature on May 26 morning.

Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, who presented the proposal, noted that the draft resolution is intended to create a legal framework for the country's largest economic hub to optimise its potential and advantages, create breakthroughs, and remove bottlenecks in local socio-economic development.

The document features new policies covering investment, finance-banking, land management, and planning and apparatus organisation.

Regarding the new policies and mechanisms, the Government raised proposals on the city’s use of public investment capital sourced from the city budget and its pilot application of the urban development model towards Transit Oriented Development (TOD).

Besides, HCM City should be allowed to expand investment areas under the public-private partnership (PPP) for sport and culture projects, and apply the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) contract in the present road projects and carry out such BOT projects using its budget, and implement regional, inter-regional projects with the local budget.

The draft resolution also stipulates incentives to attract strategic investors in such areas as chip production, semiconductor integrated circuit and new materials, conditions for strategic investors, procedures of project registration, and the selection of strategic investors, among others.

Chairman of the NA’s Finance-Budget Committee Le Quang Manh, who represented the assessment agency, noted that the report should evaluate precisely both positive aspects and challenges to the implementation of the policies and mechanisms, especially those impacting the State budget spending and the current resources.

It needs to include more policies on budget collection as the city has great advantages in terms of sources of income, he said, adding that more regulations on responsibility of organisations and individuals should be supplemented, apart from those on decentralisation.

To realise such regulations, it requires many guidance documents. Therefore, the committee suggested the resolution stipulating what should be done and responsibility of those involved./.

Pham Thu Huong