Hanoi (VNA) – The Prime Minister has issued a decision recognising 11 communes and towns in the southern province of Soc Trang as island communes.

They are An Thanh 1, An Thanh 2, An Thanh 3, East An Thanh, West An Thanh, South An Thanh Nam, Ai An 1, and Cu Lao Dung town, in Cu Lao Dung district, and Phong Nam, An Lac Tay, and Nhon My, in Ke Sach district.

The island communes will be entitled to preferential policies designed for island communes as regulated by law.

The people’s committees of the districts having island communes have to build communal socio-economic development plans based on the Prime Minister’s decision 568/QĐ-TTg dated April 28, 2010 approving the development planning on Vietnamese island economy to 2020. The plans need to adapt to the real situation and local budget capacity.

The committees have to implement preferential treatments related to island communes issued by the Government and the Prime Minister.-VNA