HCMC continues proposing stronger decentralization

Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong proposed the Government to further decentralization of the city leading power to implement its mission of the country’s economic motive force at a meeting with a Government mission yesterday.

Minister Mai Tien Dung, chairman of the Government Office states at the meeting with HCMC on October 21 (Photo: VGP)

According to Mr. Phong, HCMC is taking the duty of a locomotive with mechanisms of a coach so it has been difficult for the city to implement the mission.

Minister Mai Tien Dung, chairman of the Government Office, affirmed that the Government has most strongly distributed the administrative powers to HCMC. The city has been the first locality in the country where the Government has applied decentralization in combination with supervision over leader responsibility.

HCMC is the country’s locomotive and economic hub contributing 28 percent Gross Domestic Product and nearly 30 percent budget revenue, affirmed Minister Mai Tien Dung.

The city has quickly applied new policies and pilot programs of the country. Many initiatives and macro scale proposals have come from the city, he added.

The number of startups in HCMC accounted for one fourth of the country’s for the first nine months of 2016. This result has been thanks to local efforts on administrative reform and business and trade environment improvement, Mr. Dung said.

Through the mission, the Prime Minister required HCMC to better perform works related to citizens’ life such as food safety and hygiene, according Mr. Dung.

In addition, he proposed the municipal authorities to more drastically implement measures to solve environment pollution.

Talking about Da Phuoc waste treatment complex where citizens have recently complained about smell, smoke and dust from the complex, Mr. Dung recorded local authorities’ efforts to tackle the issue which has abated.

However, the complex’s technology has been outdated while citizens have wanted Da Phuoc to better waste treatment because it will impact investment and eco environment as well as tourist attraction of the city, Mr. Dung stressed.

Reporting to Minister Mai Tien Dung, chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said that the city’s budget revenue is expected to reach VND310 trillion (US$13.89 billion) this year, higher the assigned target of VND298 trillion ($13.35 billion).

Permanent deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem said that the city has fulfilled 135 out of 171 tasks by the Government. Of the 36 incomplete ones, 13 are underway while 13 others have been in exceed of the limit time to implement.

The 13 overdue tasks are most related to long lasting complaints and denunciations in need of attendance by many ministries and agencies.

According to plan, HCMC will ask central agencies’ opinions about a pilot project to establish food safety and hygiene committee by the end of this month.

The city People’s Committee has stepped up handling illegal operations of coaches and stations. The number of illegal coach operation spots has reduced from 148 last year to 85 spots now.

By Van Anh – Translated by Hai Mien

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