Vietnam to merge districts and communes in selected provinces

Tuesday, 2019-07-30 17:28:05
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Many communes that do not meet the geographic size and population criteria will be merged in the coming years.
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NDO - Vietnam is expected to reduce the number of districts by 4 and the number of communes by 539 after merging the administrative units that do not meet the geographic size and population criteria.

Under a report compiled by the Ministry of Home Affairs from the reports of provincial and municipal authorities, 13 provinces and centrally-governed cities have districts in need of re-organisation.

Among them, nine provinces and cities proposed delaying the re-organisation to after 2021 due to their specific conditions.

Meanwhile 42 provinces and cities have communes that need to be merged while another four provinces have already moved to merge a number of communes though it is not obligatory.

To date 32 provinces and cities have submitted their re-organisation plans to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

After re-organisation, Hoa Binh province will have 28.09% of its communes trimmed, followed by a 20.1% decrease in Cao Bang province and 18.77% in Phu Tho provinces.

Last year, the Politburo issued a resolution on merging districts and communes in order to streamline the apparatus of local authorities and ensure the resources for socio-economic development are used effectively.

Later the National Assembly and the government also issued two resolutions to realise the Politburo’s policy.