Trinh Le Nguyen, Director of the People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) centre - a Vietnamese non-governmental organisation, made the remarks at a conference held in Hanoi on January 30.
Evaluating the Resource Governance Index in 2017, Jelson Garcia, Director of the Natural Resource Governance Institute for Asia-Pacific, said that the tight control of oil exploitation and mining activities was rarely seen in Vietnamese localities.
Vietnam had weak resource governance, he said, adding that the country has a mix of strong and problematic areas of governance, which means resource extraction can help society but it is likely that the eventual benefits are weak.
At the conference, experts suggested measures to build a rational governance model for the comprehensive development of Vietnam’s mining industry.
They said that the Government of Vietnam should place focus on enforcing environmental regulations, protect benefits of local people and distribute incomes to localities.