PM orders prompt settlement of admin procedures in September

NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue had a working session, on August 25, with the Quang Ninh provincial authorities concerning the local socio-economic performance, the implementation of salary and social insurance policies and the building of the project to establish the Van Don Special Administrative – Economic Zone. Politburo member Hue spoke highly of the significant achievements attained by Quang Ninh over the past seven months. The province’s gross regional domestic product (GRDP) increased by 9.6%, the highest in five years, while its budget revenues reached over VND21 trillion (US$924 million), meeting over 67% of the year’s plan, with domestic collection accounting for 73%, the fourth largest in the country. In order to execute the tasks set for the remainder of 2017, he urged the province to continue reviewing all spheres in order to apply the most appropriate measures. Quang Ninh should strengthen the application of high technologies in the fields of its strength, such as tourism and marine economy, whilst supporting the Vietnam Coal and Minerals Industries Holding Corporation to restructure the coal industry and tightening State management over tourism, land, natural resources and the environment, the deputy PM said. He stated that the Government has planned to submit to the National Assembly a solution of an administrative committee without the people’s council for the Van Don Special Administrative – Economic Zone, and supplement the provincial-level supervisory regulation over the head of the special zone. He requested that Quang Ninh continues contributing…... [read more]

Meeting with representatives from the Vietnamese community in Paris on October 11 during her working visit to France, Phong said she is happy to see Vietnamese nationals actively integrating into the host country’s social life while still trying to maintain the homeland’s culture identity. The Party and State have always given due attention to the Vietnamese communities abroad as a part of a strong national unity bloc, she stated. The official briefed Vietnamese expatriates on main events in the Vietnam-France relations and the homeland’s socio-economic performance over the past nine months and explained policies regarding land ownership, investment and business.... [read more]

Legislators commented on nine law-making projects planned to be passed at the 11th National Assembly's ninth session.These projects cover the law on social insurance, the HIV/AIDS prevention and combat law, the Vietnam civil aviation law (revised), the law on information technology, the law on trade in real estate, the law on securities, the law on attorneys, the law on legal support, and the cinematography law. Law-makers also debated supplements and amendments to the law relating to the organisation of the National Assembly which is scheduled to be submitted to the upcoming ninth session of the 11th NA.At this meeting, the NA Standing Committee members heard the Government's supplementary report on the socio-economic performance and the implementation of the State budget in 2005.Besides, they were informed of the deployment of the country's 2006 targets and socio-economic development and land-use plans between 2006 and 2010, the balance of the State budget in 2004, and plans to define budget allocations in the new period of stability and the share of central budget collection increases in 2005.Legislators agreed with the Government's assessments that almost all targets of the socio-economic plan have been surpassed. However, they pointed out that the quality of economic growth and the competitive capacity of many products and sectors remained low, consumer price hikes adversely impacted on both production and the people, and the structure of export products was shifted too slowly.Wasteful spending, loss and corruption in using the State's financial resources have not yet been addressed efficiently, land management and…... [read more]

This is amongst the tasks and orientations devised for the country's socio- economic development in the 2006-2010 period. Lessons drawn from the nation's 2001-2005 socio-economic performance became directions for the implementation of the 2006-2010 socio-economic plan, Deputy PM Dzung said. He particularly mentioned lessons such as those on rapid and durable development, making the best use of resources, and international economic integration while maintaining a self-reliant economic policy. In the 2006-2010 period, the Government is determined to further improve the people's material and spiritual lives and to hasten the course of industrialisation and modernisation while building a knowledge-based economy towards the target of industrialising the country by 2020. In the report, the Deputy PM underlined the tasks of maintaining political stability and social order, firmly defending independence, national sovereignty, territorial integrity and national security, and elevating the country's prestige in the regional and international arenas. To accomplish those tasks, all-out changes must be made in various sectors and spheres, the Government leader emphasised. He referred to the compilation of a complete institution in service of the socialist-oriented market economy as a tool to monitor and stabilise the macro-economy. Reform of administrative apparatus and enhancement of State management must be sped up together with other solutions to prevent and fight corruption, he said. In addition to those solutions, the Government leader also underscored the necessity of continuing to complete a legal system in support of the market economy. Mr Dzung noted that policies need to be implemented consistently in order to…... [read more]

After a minute's silence in memory of the dead victims in the Can Tho bridge disaster, cabinet members heard Minister of Transport and Communications Ho Nghia Dung's report on the accident and the subsequent, rescue work; and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's report on the situation in storm-hit localities and measures to overcome the aftermath of Typhoon Lekima. The cabinet members gave opinions and reached unanimity on the draft government plan of action to implement the 5th Party Central Committee’s Resolution on administrative reform. They also contributed opinions to the draft Law on Issuance of Legal Documents (revised), the draft Law on Public Investment, the draft Ordinance on Defence Industry and the draft Ordinance on amendments and supplements to a number of articles of the Ordinance on Maritime Police. For the draft Law on Public Investment, PM Dung asked the drafting department to sum up cabinet members' opinions to clarify the scope of the law. The government also reviewed the socio-economic situation, the domestic market and export-import activities in September and the first nine months of this year. Even though the country faced many difficulties caused by bird flu, droughts, and increased petrol prices, it maintained a high economic growth level, with a GDP growth rate of 8.16 percent, in which the agro-forest-fishery sector increased by 3.02 percent; industry and construction, by 10.15 percent; and services, by 8.54 percent. The government made comments on the Government Office's report on Project 112 on computerisation of State administrative management, the…... [read more]

PM Dung congratulated Chikhi Cherif on his appointment as Algeria’s new Ambassador to Vietnam, expressing hope that the ambassador would actively contribute to strengthening the friendship and cooperation between the two countries. The PM spoke highly of socio-economic achievements the government and people of Algeria have attained and suggested that the two countries should bolster cooperation in economy for mutual benefit in line with their potential. Vietnam will work closely with Algeria in preparation for a meeting of the Vietnam-Algeria Joint Committee and international multilateral forums for peace, cooperation and development, he added. For his part, the Algerian Ambassador praised Vietnam’s socio-economic performance, particularly in coping with the impact of the global economic crisis. He said he will spare no efforts to increase and expand projects in Vietnam, contributing to tightening the fine traditional relations between the two nations.... [read more]

Salary hike for state employees seen unlikely next year Tu Hoang By Tu Hoang - The Saigon Times Daily HANOI - Wages of state employees are unlikely to increase next year due to budget constraints, according to Phung Quoc Hien, head of the National Assembly Financial and Budgetary Committee. Hien mentioned budget constraints in a report on budget collections and allocations this year and next sent to NA deputies for discussion at the legislature’s ongoing meeting in Hanoi on November 3. He said the budget revenue target for next year is set based on reality, so there will not be a strong increase in budget collections. The Government expects the tax and fee revenue from domestic sources will rise by 16.9% in 2016 against 2015, higher than the economic growth rate. Budget collection from crude oil is projected on the world oil price of US$60 per barrel, much higher than US$48-50 a barrel at present. Import-export tax revenue is forecast to edge up 8.1% next year. The proceeds of VND30 trillion from State stake sales at a number of enterprises are also added to budget collections in 2016. Meanwhile, budget spending at central-level ministries and agencies is predicted to drop 10% next year. The Government also plans to cut expenses for management agencies, public service units, equipment purchases and conferences. As the funding for development projects stays low in 2015, it will not be adjusted down next year. The Government is unable to borrow foreign loans to implement the wage…... [read more]

Despite positive progress in its economic development plan, the national economy was still facing challenges on its way to reaching the set socio-economic targets, PM Dung said at the Government’s monthly meeting on August 31. Government officials gather every month to review the results of socio-economic performance and discuss measures to stabilise the macroeconomics, control inflation and ensure social security for the rest of the year. The Ministry of Planning and Investment reported that in the first eight months of the year, the industrial production continued to grow by 15.2 percent compared to the same period last year, and the trade gap slightly decreased. Meanwhile, the August’s consumer price index slightly increased by 0.23 percent over the previous month, the ministry said. Good co-ordination among sectors and localities helped agriculture improve and kept pandemics under control despite the negative impact of floods and storms. Nevertheless, the Government pointed out shortcomings of the economy, which need to be overcome. Worthy of note was the negative impact of the global market that continued to send prices rising, especially in the last quarter of the year, Government officials said. Firms and enterprises were still ineffective in mobilising capital sources as bank loan interest rates remained high. Epidemic diseases were at a critical point and still threatened to seriously affect production and people’s lives. The officials also discussed ways to effectively implement the socio-economic development plan for 2011 and in the next five years. One of the most discussed issues was how to develop…... [read more]

Vietnam attracts US$23.2 billion from Singaporean investors At the meeting, General Thanh spoke highly of the visit, saying he hopes that it will contribute to bolstering mutual understanding and create a foundation to enhance the traditional friendship between the armies and people of the two countries. Both sides agreed to promote the exchange of delegations, military technology and intelligence work. They also agreed to share experience in coping with non-traditional security challenges and strengthening the traditional friendship and cooperation between the armies and people of the two countries. **Later the same day, the Singaporean delegation was received by State President Truong Tan Sang. The State leader expressed his delight at the socio-economic performance of the neighbouring country and appraised the role of Singapore in the ASEAN community. He wished that bilateral relations between the two countries’ armies would continue to grow and flourish. For his part, the Singaporean minister congratulated Sang on his election as State President. Since 2009, Vietnam and Singapore have carried out a lot of activities to boost defence ties, he said, expressing his wish that relations between the two countries would further develop in the future.... [read more]

Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan released these figures at a conference on March 29 discussing the city’s socio-economic performance in the first quarter. The rise was fuelled by increases of 10.5 percent for the services sector, 11.7 percent for the industrial and construction areas, and 6.2 percent for the agricultural sector, he emphasised. The municipal leader asked branches and sectors to continue to implement the set socio-economic targets and focus on measures to rein in inflation and mitigate its impact on the people. He also requested that branches and sectors halt the implementation of ineffective and unnecessary projects, and speed up capital disbursement for projects. Municipal businesses were called on to save energy and reduce input costs, to keep production costs low and ensure the competitiveness of their products. At the meeting, HCM City authorities asked relevant agencies to deal with unemployment, traffic congestion, and food safety and hygiene issues effectively in addition to regulating the market to stabilise prices.... [read more]