On 3 March 2023, the Ministry of Construction (MOC) in cooperation with GIZ organised a workshop titled “Background and rationale for the development and promulgation of the Law on Urban and Rural Master Planning, proposed elements and policies in the draft law, and draft outline of the law”. The workshop was held in Ho Chi Minh City.
Dr. Nguyen Tuong Van, Vice Minister of Construction chaired the workshop, with participants of the Department of Construction, Department of Planning and Architecture, representatives of the 32 southern provinces and cities, experts, scientists, associations, international organisations, and press agencies.
According to the Vice Minister of Construction Nguyen Tuong Van, in recent years the Law on Urban Planning and the Law on Construction from 2014 provided a legal basis for the planning and development of urban & rural areas, functional areas as well as investment and development. Furthermore, urban planning contributed to the economic and social development of the country, promoted efficient land use, improved technical infrastructure and contributed to improved living conditions for communities, environmental protection, and national defense and security. However, urban development and planning need to address emerging issues such as digitalization, rapid urbanization or climate change which requires the revision and improvement of the existing legal framework.
At the workshop, delegates and participants discussed inputs provided by MOC and provided suggestions for urban planning and construction which is a basis for the revision, adjustment, and supplementation of legal regulations on urban and rural planning and the draft Law on Urban and Rural Master Planning.
In 2022, the Mekong Delta Climate Resilience Programme (MCRP-GIZ) supported the Department of Planning and Architecture of MOC in reviewing, evaluating and appraising relevant documents as a basis for the development of this Law.