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Multiple special policies for HCMC produce good results

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Phan Van Mai, chairman of HCMC and head of the Task Force for the Implementation of Resolution 98, has affirmed the effectiveness of many special policies after four months of implementing the resolution in HCMC, said a report by the Vietnam Government Portal (VGP).

Speaking at the first conference of the Steering Committee for the Implementation of Resolution 98 of the National Assembly on the pilot implementation of special mechanisms and policies for the development of the city on November 26, chaired by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Mai said authorities at central and city levels have established steering committees, and working teams for the execution of the resolution.

HCMC, he added, has set up an advisory council for the implementation of the resolution and strengthened personnel to assign tasks for the swift implementation of the resolution.

According to the PM’s Decision 896 on the assignment of tasks for the implementation of Resolution 98, two out of 11 tasks have been completed by ministries and other central agencies. The city has completed seven out of 22 tasks. The remaining tasks in the city will be completed before the end of the year.

The HCMC People’s Council has held three sessions, where the council issued 14 resolutions.

The city government has finished four out of 25 content items and feedback has been collected on 15 out of 25 content items. The remaining six content items will be done by December 31 this year.

The advisory council, consisting of experts and managers, has had two meetings and made 20 recommendations for solving major issues that arise from the special mechanisms and policies provided in Resolution 98, such as urban railway development.

The city has swiftly carried out some mechanisms and policies, such as those for allocating funds to support poverty reduction and job creation. In its session in July, the HCMC People’s Council allocated VND2,796 billion for poverty reduction and job creation, of which VND1,560 billion has been disbursed.

However, there remain new issues that cannot be resolved due to the lack of a legal framework, such as transit-oriented development (TOD), balancing carbon emissions and attracting strategic investments. Mai said that the workload is huge, so the city’s officials and civil servants have become overloaded.

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