Improving Land Access Index

2:40:34 PM | 25/3/2021

Along with efforts to promote administrative procedure reform, the Natural Resources and Environment sector of Phu Tho province has advised and implemented many solutions to manage and effectively exploit natural resources and the environment, which contributes to improving the Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) of the province, promoting the process of improving the local investment and business environment. Mr. Nguyen Ba Tho, Deputy Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Phu Tho province, discussed this issue with Vietnam Business Forum. Duy Anh reports.

Could you share with us about the promotion of administrative procedure reform on land, natural resources and environment in the province over the years?

In recent years, we have focused on building a team of qualified and capable civil servants that can detect and strictly handle negative cases and violations.

We have also ensured our people have a thorough understanding of administrative reform documents, including a focus on reviewing administrative procedures and handling them at the Public Administration Service Center to facilitate people and business activities.

We have also strengthened the application of information technology in the state administrative management and posted administrative procedures related to the land, natural resources and environment on our website.

Especially, when handling administrative procedures in terms of land, natural resources and environment, we always put quality atop.

In addition, we have regularly reviewed, amended and supplemented environmental administrative procedures to synthesize and report to the Provincial People's Committee on amending and supplementing new regulations, and abolishing expired regulations.

Over the past time, how have you advised and implemented solutions to selectively attract investment, save resources, minimize environmental pollution?

We have reviewed and compared projects on the list of the industrial production types with risks of causing environmental pollution and paid special attention to issues of production technology, modern advanced level, and waste treatment technology in accordance with characteristics of project types to advise the Provincial People's Committee to select new investment projects.

In addition to strictly implementing the assessment and exploration licensing, mining licensing, assessment of natural resource reserves and minerals, water resources licensing, we have advised only granting licenses of exploring and exploiting minerals associated with deep mineral processing projects; making the most of and using low-content minerals, waste soil and rock for production materials and common construction materials.

In addition, we have also advised the Provincial People's Committee on a plan to auction mineral mining rights at six river-bed sand mines with a total area of ​​124 hectares, and at the same time continued to propose strengthening the auction of mineral mining rights in the coming time.

The province's "access to land" index has increased strongly in the past years. How do you evaluate this result?

Improving the index of access to land is an important task to improve the business environment and facilitate business. Therefore, we have advised resolving difficulties and problems of organizations, businesses and people related to land acquisition, allocation, lease, and change of land use purposes; providing planning information, plans of usages, helping organizations and individuals easily access information on use, ensuring publicity and transparency in the field of land access and stability in land use.

We have also promoted the application of information technology in receiving and processing land registration dossiers and issuing land use right certificates; improving qualifications, reforming the working style of the staff in order to improve service quality for people and businesses.

Along with the proactive review and investigation of each type of land by region to ensure it is close to the actual market price; guiding investors and enterprises to carry out the procedures for handing over and leasing land, we have always actively coordinated to remove problems in site clearance compensation; handled and completely dealt with existing cases in the granting of certificates of land use rights, ownership of houses and land-attached assets.

The appraisal of documents for land allocation, lease, and change of land use purpose is carried out in accordance with the one-door mechanism, interconnected one-door and in accordance with the current Land Law. From 2017 up to now, we have submitted to the Provincial People's Committee to issue 356 decisions on the allocation, lease, and change of land use purposes for organizations to carry out production and business projects on an area of ​​1,389.88 hectares.

Over the past years, we have also regularly coordinated with the Department of Planning and Investment to assess land use needs, land allocation conditions, and land lease for projects in the province according to the interconnected one-door mechanism to meet the time limit.

In the period of 2021-2025, what solutions will you adopt to further improve scores and rankings on the Access to Land index?

In order to continue to improve and increase the Access to Land index, in the coming time, we will continue to coordinate with relevant agencies to promote linkages and electronic connections in resolving administrative procedures about issuing land use rights certificates, land allocation and lease, land registration certificates.

We will also advise the Provincial People's Committee to publicize the unused land fund, the land that has not been leased in industrial parks or clusters, and projects that have been assigned or leased by the State but are slow to be put into use, facilitating businesses to access land; publicizing the process and procedures for land access; at the same time reviewing projects that have not yet completed procedures, supporting enterprises to accelerate issuing certificates of land use rights.

Besides, the good exploitation of new urban areas and resettlement areas are ensured to serve the resettlement arrangement for projects; we will also well implement the site clearance, resettlement policy, creating the most favorable conditions for investors to implement their projects.

In addition, we will collect statistics and implement land acquisition of projects that are not implemented or delayed in accordance with the law; and have specific solutions for projects with slow implementation due to objective reasons.

Source: Vietnam Business Forum