VN Halts Golf Projects

Viet Nam has now 123 projects of golf courses covering more than 38,000 hectares. Of them, the number of licensed golf courses is 78 and 45 more are now awaiting approval, said Mr. Phan Huu Thang, head of the Foreign Investment Department of the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Mr. Phan Huu Thang, head of the Foreign Investment Department of the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

However, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has recently decided to halt the licensing of new golf courses until his office receives research reports. These will be submitted by the Ministry of Planning and Investment and local authorities in the first quarter of 2009. Golf courses are not allowed to encroach on agricultural land.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment must submit a report to the prime minister on the licensing of golf courses this month. 

Many golf courses have been licensed by local authorities in the last two years. As a result, land for agriculture has been reduced.

In 2006, Viet Nam had only 13 licensed golf courses. We must have a vision to build, plan and develop golf courses, said Mr. Thang.

The local authorities and relevant departments must consider the effect of building so many courses. Rules that protect the environment will be submitted to the prime minister in the fourth quarter.

By Anh Phuong – Translated by Kim Khanh

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