(BGO) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on December 28 chaired a videoconference of the Government with localities to discuss the implementation of the National Assembly’s Resolution on social-economic development tasks and State budget estimate in 2017.
Secretary of the Bac Giang Party Committee Bui Van Hai and Chairman of the Bac Giang People’s Committee Nguyen Van Linh chair the videoconference in Bac Giang province.
Participants from Bac Giang province included Bui Van Hai, a member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Council; Nguyen Van Linh, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee; and the Vice Chairmen of the provincial People’s Committee; along with representatives from the local National Assembly delegation, People’s Council, Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee’s chapter, and departments and agencies.
Opening the conference, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed that 2016 was the first year of implementing the Resolution adopted at the 12th National Party Congress, noting that the country’s economy still encounters numerous difficulties and challenges.
With the efforts of the whole political system and the Government’s renewal in leadership and management, the country has obtained remarkable socio-economic outcomes, he said, citing the economy continues to recover with the gross domestic product (GDP) growth of over 6.2 percent, stable macro economy and low inflation.
The business environment has been improved while the management of natural resources and environmental protection has been strengthened. Social welfare was ensured and defence-security was sustained, he noted.
However, the economy is facing numerous difficulties and challenges such as low budget collection, high public debt and tax debt, hardship in business production, and unachievable export target.
There are shortcomings in market management, whilst smuggling, trade fraud, and food safety and hygiene violations have yet been completely addressed, causing public concerns.
The Prime Minister also pointed to the slow settlement of environmental pollution along with restrictions in improving education quality and healthcare services in some areas.
At the conference, participants heard about the Government’s draft Resolutions highlighting tasks and solutions directing the implementation of socio-economic development plan and State budget estimate in 2017; supporting and developing businesses until 2020; reforming growth models; and improving growth quality, labour productivity, and competitiveness of the economy.
A number of important contents will be carried out in 2017 such as ensuring macro-economic stability, restructuring the economy in combination with growth model reform, improving labour productivity and competitive edge, encouraging startups and developing enterprises, and promoting sustainable growth.
Other key tasks for 2017 include ensuring social welfare and taking good care of people; developing culture and education; proactively coping with climate change and preventing natural disasters; and enhancing the management of natural resources and environmental protection.
Many socio-economic development targets were set at the conference. For example, the gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to increase 6.7 percent. The total social development investment will contribute about 31.5 percent to GDP. The poor household rate will be reduced by 1-1.5 percent, and the unemployment rate in urban areas will be below 4 percent.
In the afternoon, delegates discussed and gave opinions on goals and solutions set in the draft Resolutions to help the Government direct and implement effectively socio-economic development missions in the coming time.