SAI Vietnam: Evaluating the environmental management and rehabilitation on mining industry in Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam

On 15 October 2015 the State audit office of Vietnam (SAV) launched a performance audit that aims to evaluate the environmental management and rehabilitation on mining industry in Thai Nguyen Province. The audit was performed as results of a survey that gathered initial information and data of environmental rehabilitation on mining industry in Thai Nguyen Province for the period 2012-2015.

Iron ore mining in Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam (Source: thainguyentv.vn)

Iron ore mining in Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam
(Source: thainguyentv.vn)

The Audit Purpose and Objectives

The primary purpose of the audit is to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the environmental management and rehabilitation on mining industry in Thai Nguyen Province. Based on this purpose, the SAV has determined five specific objectives of the audit as follows:

Objective 1: To assess the compliance of the environmental management and rehabilitation with Vietnamese regulations and laws.

Objective 2: To assess the efficiency and effectiveness of regulations related to raising and using environmental rehabilitation fund on mining industry.

Objective 3: To assess the efficiency and effectiveness of projects which are implemented in order to ensure that all mining activities must comply with requirements of environmental protection.

Objective 4: To assess the efficiency and effectiveness of governmental inspection activities related to the environmental management and rehabilitation on mining industry in Thai Nguyen Province.

Objective 5: To assess the efficiency and effectiveness of allocating and using revenue collected from environmental protection fees.

The Audit Scope

The audit plans to conduct field works at 20 entities in Thai Nguyen Province including Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Environmental Protection Fund, People’s Committee, Department of Finance and 13 Mining Companies for the period from 2012 to 2015.

Further information

When the audit is completed, all audit findings will be discuss with the Chairman of Thai Nguyen People’s Committee in order to ensure that all audit recommendations will be implemented in the future.

It is expected that the audit report will be issued early next year and then SAV’s WGEI will share some experiences as well as findings on the above audit for WGEI members.

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