Phu Yen steps on gas to complete master planning

December 21, 2021 | 17:48
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With cities and provinces nationwide obliged to complete master planning to 2030 before end of next year, Phu Yen province in Vietnam’s south-central coast is ramping up efforts to reach this target.
Phu Yen steps on gas to complete master planning
Phu Yen is gearing up efforts to complete master planning to usher in a decade of growth

To implement the socioeconomic development master plan with a longer-term vision towards 2050, Phu Yen has signed consultancy contracts with two renowned foreign consultants – Roland Berger (RB) from Germany and Surbana Jurong (SJ) from Singapore.

According to the consultants’ assessment, despite the reduced contribution of the agricultural sector to Phu Yen’s economy as the province is gearing towards industrialisation and modernisation, the growth of the agro-forestry-fishery sector has still been quite positive.

Phu Yen’s agriculture has managed stable growth averaging 6.5 per cent annually, attuned with the province’s development orientation. Agricultural production, however, still remains minuscule and is mainly engaged in preliminary processing with low added value, while lacking modern equipment and quality human resources (HR).

To best avail of agricultural potential, Phu Yen needs to radically tackle issues related to incentive policies and infrastructure, according to the consultants.

Phu Yen has abounding potential for tourism sector development, buoyed by rich natural resources, a vast land fund entailing the potential for resort property development, and distinct local dishes with enriched seafood sources.

Speciality tourism products, however, remain limited, with short stays and low spending levels of each visitor compared to several other localities in the neighbourhood. Activities to promote local tourism are modest in content.

Consolidating cooperation among sectors and departments, increasing investment into HR, and completing ocean space planning are all important to best avail of local abundant natural resources as well as enriched culture and history.

RB and SJ have also proposed that Phu Yen boosts the application of modern online marketing methods, paired with creating impressions for offline marketing channels.

According to Pham Dai Duong, Secretary of Phu Yen Party Committee and head of the Steering Committee working on establishing Phu Yen’s master planning, this would lay the foundation to propose planning schemes and associated content in provincial planning work.

“The Steering Committee has recognised and appreciated the concerted efforts of the consultants and active engagement of relevant management agencies in drawing up the province’s development planning. Working on Phu Yen’s master planning is one of the key tasks this year,” said Duong.

To ensure the efficiency and timeliness of planning work, the Steering Committee has urged relevant organisations and units to carry out the work consistently.

With the foreign consultants, Phu Yen wants the planning scheme to closely follow the government’s development policy and orientation, as well as other national and regional planning. This will gear towards sustainable development leveraging the pillars of the economy, society, and the environment, as well as harmonising social wellbeing, cultural values, and also security and defence.

$3 million funding for master planning

The Times Garden Vietnam, a local luxury tourism and residential developer, has signed minutes on funding the establishment of Phu Yen’s master planning. The province has also signed a planning consultancy contract with two foreign partners, Roland Berger and Surbana Jurong, at a total contract value approximating $3 million.

Phu Yen planning based on specific themes

In light of the prime minister’s decision approving Phu Yen’s master planning for the decade, with a vision towards 2050, the deadline to draw up Phu Yen’s master planning has been set for April 10 next year.

In that time the province has achieved several upbeat results. Consultants have defined 33 major themes in the province’s master planning, in which 24 are self-proposed and developed by the province, each encompassing the real situation, development orientation, and concrete plans for implementation.

Special taskforce established

In September, Phu Yen established a special taskforce to support the provincial People’s Committee in resolving difficulties for people and businesses caused by the pandemic.

The unit needs to have a good grip of the problems such individuals and enterprises, proposing solutions with provincial leaders that will be submitted to relevant competent agencies.

More firms get capital support

According to the Phu Yen branch of the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies, the unit has made direct contact with more than 1,250 businesses and employers, of whom 30 businesses wanted to borrow wage payments for over 3,000 labourers at an estimated sum of $535,000. The bank has also approved procedures to lend four businesses over $20,500 for wage payment to labourers.

By Ha Minh

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