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Vietnam PM seeks cooperation in aiding economy

Publication Date : 30-01-2013

 

All sectors and localities should keep making efforts to stabilise macro-economy, control inflation and settle difficulties for enterprises, in spite of good results in economic growth in this first month of the year, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday at the monthly government meeting.

He urged them to coordinate tightly, with timely reports to the government on barriers to effective solutions.

The statistics of the Ministry of Planning and Investment showed that more than 3,830 enterprises had been newly established with registered capital of more than 15.9 trillion dong (US$757 million) between January 1-20.

Export turnover hit $10.1 billion and the index of industrial production this month increased higher than the same period last year by 43.2 per cent and 21.1 per cent respectively.

More than 130,000 jobs have been created this month, about 7,000 of them overseas.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased by 1.25 per cent this month in comparison with last month due to the application of new hospital fee levels, food supplies being affected by long-lasting low temperatures and difficulties in breeding and a higher demand in clothes for Tet.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh said positive economic results started from the beginning of this year. However, many shortcomings had remained.

He asked relevant agencies urgently to publish necessary documents as key guidances to realise the government's resolution and policy.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai suggested agencies and localities make sound management decisions and inspections of pricing transfers.

He also said that foreign experts could be hired to do auditing and check pricing transfers.

Dung also asked the State Bank to make good management decisions on interest rates.

The Ministry of Finance is assigned to accomplish disbursements of funds from last year and keep track of developments to allocate funds for key projects at the right time.

Relevant agencies in agriculture were asked to buy rice for stock to prevent prices from going down and negatively affecting farmers.
The Prime Minister asked for a boost in administrative reforms and anti-corruption measures and the settlement of petitions and denunciations.

Tet preparations

Regarding preparations for Tet holiday, localities and relevant agencies were asked to supply enough necessary goods and control their prices.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Bui Ba Bong said the ministry had to work out plans to ensure enough food supplies and inspect the quality of products for the holiday.

Dung said people's higher traveling demands during the holiday should be met. Lack of transport vehicles should be prevented. If necessary, transport enterprises in aviation and railways should lower ticket prices to breakeven prices, he said.

Ministry of Transport Dinh La Thang said transport enterprises had allocated enough vehicles and raised the number of their journeys.
He said air and railway tickets for some days were still available. He gave the assurance that no one would be prevented from arriving at their countryside due to lack of transport.

Dung also asked localities to pay special attention during Tet to people who had made great contributions to the country, and disadvantaged people.

The police should make strict checks into fire prevention activities and ensure traffic safety, he said.
Draft resolution

At the meeting, members of the government discussed a draft resolution on urgent environmental issues.

These included the mismatch between development of industrial areas and infrastructure systems resulting in serious environmental pollution; lack of management of mineral exploitation and the failure in the treatment of waste in the health, industry and domestic sectors as well as exhaust fumes from transport vehicles and factories.

Also, the importing of backward technologies and degradation of biodiversity were key issues.

Members of the government focused on some solutions such as improving the capability of environment officials at all levels, allocating funds for environment protection and assigning specific tasks to relevant agencies.

The draft resolution suggested that at least 1 per cent of total spending of the State budget be allocated to environmental protection.

The prime minister said it was necessary to publish the resolution to mobilise more effort for environment protection.

He said drastic measures should be adopted to end these issues. For example, there should be bans on the operation of industrial parks and mineral exploitation without waste treatment systems.

He also suggested sectors co-operate with each other to inspect violations in the field of environment. The draft resolution will be amended and submitted to the prime minister for approval.

 

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