In order to address shortcomings in, and improve the performance of, state management of minerals, the Prime Minister on March 30 issued Directive No. 03/CT-TTg, strengthening the implementation of policies and law on minerals.
Accordingly, plans on establishment of, or decisions on investment in, mineral processing plant must be based on geological baseline surveys for different minerals, material sources determined through mineral exploration and mineral import contracts.
Stockpiling coal after mining at Khanh Hoa coal company in Phu Luong district, Thai Nguyen province __Photo: Hoang Nguyen/VNA
The licensing of mineral activities must comply with the mineral master plans, suit mineral processing and utilization capacity and satisfy environmental protection requirements.
Under the Directive, no new licenses for exploration and mining of spread-ore gold will be granted; scattered and small-scale mineral exploitation will be limited and eventually stopped; and unprocessed mineral export will no longer be permitted.
The General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam will coordinate with tax agencies at all levels in closely controlling mineral volumes actually exploited by organizations and individuals.
The Ministry of Finance will direct the General Department of Customs in inspecting and taking effective measures to prevent trade frauds in mineral export, revising or issuing guiding documents on handling of temporarily seized minerals and transportation vehicles.
The Ministry of Defense will direct the Border Guards, Marine Police and related units in coordinating with functional agencies in effectively controlling illegal cross-border export of minerals.-