Vietnam plans to auction mining rights towards making more effective use of the nationââ‚¬â„¢s natural resources, says Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Pham Khoi Nguyen.
The natural resources available in the country are supposed to play a large part in economic growth, but so far the permit-granting system has failed to tap the huge potential, Nguyen said.
The ministry plans to auction mining and exploration rights as well as commercialize information and data on natural resources to raise money for the governmentââ‚¬â„¢s budget, Nguyen said in an interview published on the governmentââ‚¬â„¢s website Tuesday.
A land auction system, for instance, could generate VND30 trillion (US$1.6 billion) for the government every year, instead of the current VND3-5 trillion, he said.
ââ‚¬Å“The goal is to make the natural resources sector contribute more to the countryââ‚¬â„¢s budget in the next 10 years, at least at the same level as the oil sector.ââ‚¬
Crude oil is one of Vietnamââ‚¬â„¢s top export earners. Crude exports last year stood at $6.19 billion, down 40.2 percent due to falling prices, according to the General Customs Department.
Source: Thanh Nien