The National Assembly Standing Committee has not approved the Ministry of Finance’s proposal to almost triple the environmental protection tax on oil and gas consumption, citing potential harm to consumers.
The Criminal Investigation Department notified their decision yesterday to prosecute three police officers in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang for abusing their position and power while on duty.
Authorities must take urgent and temporary administrative measures to monitor the trading of petroleum and to prevent illegal exports along the southwest border, according to a recent dispatch sent out by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
Ten of thousands of liters of petrol is smuggled to Cambodia everyday from the Mekong Delta province of An Giang. The smugglers start work at the crack of dawn in the border town of Tinh Bien when trucks with Cambodian plates begin waiting to buy petrol.