On the 7th of November, the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) hosted a workshop on recommendations for amending provisions in current national land law. The opening speech was given by Dr. Mai Thanh Dung of the Institute. Following the speech was a series of presentations addressing the pervasive problems that are found in Vietnam’s current land laws and how they could be amended in the legislative branch of government. The workshop has attracted attention from many professionals, scientists and managers and it involved a positive exchange of ideas and proposals for the Institute to record and report to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) regarding recommendations to amend current land laws.
The current land laws were enacted in 2013 in accordance with the national constitution. Presently, a number of provisions found within these laws are no longer appropriate to today’s ever-changing socioeconomic and environmental landscape. Because of this, the National Assembly and the government have requested MONRE to research and recommend possible amendments to the land laws.
The work needed to amend these laws, in addition to having them synchronised with other regulations within the legal system, is long and difficult, and it requires thorough research and skillful guidance through the many problems that come with the process of amendment.
In regards to the workshop, the main points of discussion were the completion of regulations that address the function of the land, the role of the State in representing the landowners within the context of the country’s new economic and commercial direction; the problems associated with the State’s managerial regulations of the land, the issues linked to the regulations of activities from political organisations, sociopolitical organisations and socioeconomic organisations, and the issues relating to regulations addressing the rights and purposes of those using the land. All of these points led to a fruitful discussion among professionals, academics, government officials and managers.