HCMC Zone Officials to Handle Environmental Regulation
Feb. 1 – Ho Chi Minh City industrial zone officials may soon be able to assess and ratify the environmental impact of new projects as they push for the authority to act as environmental regulators.
Currently, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment acts as an environmental regulator for new investments. Ngo Anh Tuan, deputy head of the HCMC Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority, told Thanh Nien News that his agency would send a request to the city's People’s Committee.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has already released a circular, saying that starting January 7, the management board of economic, industrial, export processing, and hi-tech zones will be allowed to evaluate and approve projects if they fulfill requirements.
Tuan also added that his agency will ask the city administration for authority to approve investors’ environmental protection commitments.