Academics and other experts gathered in HCM City on March 7 to discuss the provisions of the Amended Land Law Bill.

Associate Prof Nguyen Quang Tuyen of the Hanoi Law University said the authority to decide land prices and administer public land should not be vested in the same agency.

Prices should not be decided by local people’s committees but by the Ministry of Finance or a national committee entrusted with the task, he explained, adding that the committee could decide land prices based on advice from professional independent evaluation agencies.

Associate Prof Dang Van Thanh, chairman of the Vietnam Auditing Association, said it is necessary to have clearer pricing regulations, with details of compliance spelled out.

He suggested using taxation tools to regulate land prices.

Participants at the meeting organised by Legislation Study Institute also said the laws, once amended, should be comprehensive to help deal with the current problems in land administration.-VNA