In a meeting in southern city, PM gives permission for the continued piloting of the city's own measures to deal with newly-arising issues.
Ho Chi Minh City needs particular mechanisms in order to fulfil its role as the locomotive of the national economy, Politburo member and Secretary of the city’s Party Committee Dinh La Thang has said.
He made the request during a five-hour working session with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on June 27, adding that such mechanisms should be used on a trial basis and improved during implementation.
Chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong asked the Prime Minister to give the city more power in decision making, with a view to facilitating its rapid and sustainable development.
He asked for more authority in issuing legal documents to regulate certain sectors and fields in accordance with the city’s circumstances, including the collection of a number of types of fees, the pilot of administrative fines on certain violations in social order and safety, and the number of local officials and public servants.
The city also wants its police force to enjoy a specific mechanism on staff numbers, technical means and welfare policies to match the scale and importance of their work in the densely populated city.
The PM was also asked that the city be allowed to keep 23 per cent of its budget revenue under the current financial mechanism for ten more years from 2017.
Last year the city recorded budget revenue of VND255 trillion ($11.431 billion), an increase of VND55 trillion ($2.465 billion) against budget estimates assigned by the central government. Its 2016 target is VND298.3 trillion ($13.372 billion).
Prime Minister Phuc hailed the comprehensive achievements the city has made and permitted it to continue piloting its own measures to deal with newly-arising issues.
He also urged local authorities to proactively work with centrally-run ministries and agencies to complete a submission on the above matter for the government’s consideration.