Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh: Maximizing decentralization for Ho Chi Minh City, accelerating the implementation of Resolution 98 efficiently

On the morning of February 3rd, in Ho Chi Minh City, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Head of the Steering Committee for the implementation of the Resolution 98/2023/QH15 of the National Assembly on piloting some specific mechanisms and policies for the development of Ho Chi Minh City, presided over the second conference of the Steering Committee.


With the presence of the Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, Nguyen Van Nen, Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Phan Van Mai, as well as leaders of central and local ministries and agencies.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh emphasized: Maximizing decentralization for Ho Chi Minh City, implementing Resolution 98 faster and more effectively – Photo: VGP/Nhat Bac

With the implementation of Resolution 98, the Prime Minister acknowledged that Ho Chi Minh City has completed 10 out of 22 tasks. The City People’s Council has passed 49 resolutions to implement socio-economic development tasks, including 9 resolutions to implement Resolution 98; has held 4 sessions, passed 24 resolutions to specify 19 out of 27 mechanisms and policies under its jurisdiction.

The City People’s Committee has issued a Plan for the implementation of Resolution 98; has completed 6 out of 25 contents, solicited comments to supplement and improve the remaining 19 contents, and to submit to the City People’s Committee according to the schedule.

Regarding the issuance of legal documents and tasks of central and ministerial agencies, up to now, the ministries have submitted for issuance 2 out of 4 decrees of the Government and 1 decision of the Prime Minister.

Specifically, they include Decree No. 07/2024/NĐ-CP dated February 1, 2024, which provides detailed regulations on the election, recruitment, management, and use of officials and civil servants working at communes, towns, and wards; Decree No. 11/2024/NĐ-CP dated February 2, 2024, which regulates reasonable interest rates, payment methods, and settlement of investment projects under BT contracts; exemptions from enterprise income tax and personal income tax in Ho Chi Minh City; Decision No. 20/2023/QĐ-TTg dated August 10, 2023, which provides regulations on the decentralized adjustment process, procedures for adjusting general functional planning for construction, adjusting general urban planning, and adjusting specialized technical infrastructure planning for Ho Chi Minh City.

Regarding the implementation of 13 tasks mentioned in Notice No. 506/TB-VPCP, up to now, the agencies have completed 2 out of 13 tasks, are implementing 10 out of 13 tasks, and have not yet implemented task number 7 (construction of urban railway infrastructure).

Compared to the implementation of Resolution 54 in 2017, the implementation of Resolution 98 involves more tasks, but the implementation is faster and of higher quality. However, compared to the requirements, reality, and aspirations of Ho Chi Minh City and the Government, there is still a gap, and the implementation is still slow“, Prime Minister emphasized.

Therefore, the ministries, agencies, and members of the Steering Committee need to further enhance their awareness, promote a sense of responsibility, proactiveness, creativity to concentrate on carrying out their work; be more determined, stronger, more accurate, more resolute, draw lessons from experiences, coordinate closely, and be more effective.

The process of work does not only stop at the proposed tasks but also proposes solutions if any new issues or unexpected issues arise. Whatever is obstructed or inappropriate should be further supplemented“, the Prime Minister emphasized.

The Prime Minister requested the ministries and agencies to innovate their ways of working with Ho Chi Minh City, in which the ministries and agencies that have not completed their assigned tasks must assign personnel with sufficient capacity, qualifications, responsibility, and passion to carry out related work.

The Prime Minister emphasized the spirit of promoting decentralization, delegation of authority, improving the capacity of implementing officials, allocating appropriate resources, and strengthening inspection and supervision. The Prime Minister said that with the Prime Minister’s powers, he will maximize the decentralization for Ho Chi Minh City. He also suggested that the ministries and agencies fully delegate to Ho Chi Minh City, and any ministry that does not delegate or delegates must clarify the reasons behind.

Kha Nguyen

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