PRIME MINISTER
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No: 116/2007/QD-TTg
SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom – Happiness

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Hanoi, July 23, 2007
 
 
DECISION
ON APPROVAL OF THE MASTER PLAN FOR BASIC GEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION ON MINERAL RESOURCES TO THE YEAR 2015, WITH ORIENTATION TO THE YEAR 2020
 
THE PRIME MINISTER
 
Pursuant to the Law on organization of the Government dated 25 December 2001;
Pursuant to the Mineral Law dated 20 May 1996 and the Law on amendment and supplement of some Articles of the Mineral Law dated 14 June 2005;
Pursuant to Decree No 160/2005/ND-CP dated 27 December 2005 of the Government stipulating in detail and guiding on the implementation of the Mineral Law and the Law on amendment and supplement of some Articles of the Mineral Law;
Considering the request of the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and the Minister of Planning and Investment,
 
DECIDES:
Article 1. To approve the Master plan for basic geological investigation on mineral resources to the year 2015, with orientation to the year 2020 with the following main contents:
1. Point of view:
a) Basic geological investigation on mineral resources is evaluation of the mineral resources potential based on the basic geological investigation according to the master plan and plan assigned by the State according to the socio-economic development strategy, master plan and plan in each period, serving as the scientific basis for the orientation of the mineral investigation, exploration, exploitation and processing activities;
b) The basic geological investigation on mineral resources must be implemented a step in advance and must be carried out at the same time with the basic geological, environmental geological, geo-hazard, marine geological and mineral investigations; thematic researches on geology and mineral resources within the whole territory and territorial waters; with priority given to the remote, isolated, border and island areas;

c) Mineral resources belong to the whole people, are unifically managed by the State; therefore investment is required for investigation, discovery and assessment of mineral potentials on the surface and in the depth for each kind of mineral or group of minerals; at the same time, there must be policies and measures for protection and rational, effective, economical and long-term utilization of mineral resources.

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