Standing Committee of the National Assembly of Vietnam agreed to establish Phu Quoc city on basis of the entire natural area, population of nearly 180,000 of Phu Quoc island district
Establishment of Phu Quoc city, Kien Giang province and its wards was reviewed and approved during a meeting on afternoon of December 9, 2020.
Phu Quoc is the first island city in Vietnam.
Phu Quoc city was established on the basis of the entire natural area and population of 179,480 of Phu Quoc district.
Phu Quoc city borders Ha Tien city, Kien Luong district and following countries: Cambodia and Thailand.
The Standing Committee of the National Assembly also approved the establishment of Duong Dong ward, on the basis of the entire natural area and population of 60,415 of Duong Dong town; An Thoi ward, on the basis of the entire natural area, population of 4,610 in Hon Thom commune and the entire natural area, population of 37,485 of An Thoi town, Phu Quoc city.
With the establishment of these wards, Phu Quoc city includes 9 communal administrative units, namely Duong Dong ward, An Thoi ward and 7 communes: Ham Ninh, Duong To, Ganh Dau, Bai Thom, Cua Duong, Cua Can, Tho Chau.
Along with the establishment of Phu Quoc city, its agencies such as People's Court, People's Procuracy were also established.
Since effective date of this Resolution of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly (from March 1, 2021), Kien Giang province will have 15 district-level administrative units, including 3 cities (Ha Tien, Rach Gia, Phu Quoc), 12 districts with 144 communal administrative units (116 communes, 18 wards, 10 towns). Phu Quoc officially became the first island city of Vietnam.
Previously, reviewing Government's report on the establishment of Phu Quoc city and two subordinate wards, Law Committee of the National Assembly wondered if Phu Quoc city had 2 wards, but they were not adjacent to each other that make its urban area affect unity, interconnection and synchronization of economic - technical infrastructure and population and make it difficult for urban management.
Authority in charge proposed the Government to instruct Ministry of Construction, local governments of Kien Giang province and relevant units to review urban development planning and program in the area to have a plan to boost investment and urban development for a number of communes to connect the urban area of the city.
Hoang Thanh Tung, chairman of the Law Committee also raised the issue that Phu Quoc island district has 50.22% of the forest area and Phu Quoc National Park accounts for a total of 61.5% of the area, is a very important natural resource of Phu Quoc province in particular and the whole country in general. The establishment of Phu Quoc city, speeding up urbanization and attracting investment will have certain impacts on environment in the area.
Since then, the Law Committee has asked Kien Giang province to explain and clarify the impact of urban development on the conservation of forest areas and investment plans, construction, use and conservation of the forest area and Phu Quoc National Park as well as to have directions and solutions to limit the negative impacts of the urbanization process on the environment and sustainable and synchronous development orientation of the island district.