The 15th National Assembly (NA) on Sunday discussed the implementation of socio-economic development plans and the state budget for the first six months of the year.
They also discussed the solutions for the execution of the tasks in the second half of the year and the development plan for 2021 to 2025.
|A view of the session. Photo VNA / VNS|
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh reported on the state’s socio-economic and fiscal situation for the first half of 2021, noting that economic growth of 5.64% during the period was relatively high compared to other countries. He also noted that many localities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic were still showing growth, that the macroeconomics remained stable, that inflation was kept at a low level, and these are the main balances of the economy, the money market, credit, exchange rates and interest rates. were also stable.
For the remaining months of 2021, the government is determined to maintain macroeconomic stability, ensure broad balances, closely coordinate fiscal and monetary policies with other policies, facilitate production and trade activities, and support economic recovery. .
It will also continue to work to control inflation, ensure reasonable credit growth and eliminate unnecessary spending, he said, stressing that the government is determined to meet its targets, but the current priority is to contain the COVID-19.
At the same time, the socio-economic development plan proposed for 2021 to 2025 presents the overall objective of ensuring rapid and sustainable economic growth on the basis of strengthening sustainable macroeconomic stability; develop science, technology and innovation; and fully maximizing the country’s potential and benefits.
It targets a five-year growth rate higher than the average figure for the period 2016-2020 and indicates that by 2025, Vietnam will become a developing country with an industry oriented towards high technology and will escape the status of income country. middle of the lower edge. It also seeks to improve the productivity, quality, efficiency and competitiveness of the economy, uniformly adopting solutions to effectively combat the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and rapidly recover and develop the economy. .
Concerns about COVID-19
Deputy Nguyen Thi Thuy, deputy head of the AN Judicial Affairs Committee, said that in the past, many localities had had creative and flexible solutions to control the pandemic. However, there are also localities that apply extreme measures and not consistently. This has caused traffic jams in the transport of goods in many places.
In the past, there were localities that did not allow freight vehicles to pass through checkpoints even though the owners had pandemic security certificates. In other cases, many vehicles, after passing through numerous pandemic checkpoints, still had to re-enter because each locality had its own regulations, Thuy said.
“The localities cannot be totally isolated due to the pandemic, we are applying quarantine and social distancing, not isolation!” she said, citing the prime minister’s criticism of how localities are enforcing extremely strict measures on freight transport.
Thuy also said there is a need for the government to have a second support plan soon. She suggested that the government soon task the relevant ministries and agencies with creating statistical software capable of managing the recipients of the support program so that the support money and policies go to the right places.
At the same time, she recommended reviewing the current resilience of companies to have radical solutions in the future.
Delegate Nguyen Minh Tam from Quang Binh Province said current measures to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic are still short-term and proposed that the government develop long-term solutions and strategies for the country. . She also stressed the need to tackle waste in the context of the pandemic, which is not taken seriously by many.
Delegate Vu Thi Luu Mai, Vice-President of the National Assembly’s Finance and Budget Committee, underlined the need to learn lessons from the VND 62 trillion support program. She said that when implementing the second 26 trillion dong package, the government should apply more open, timely and transparent execution policies.
Hanoi MP Nguyen Anh Tri said that socio-economic reports and government verification reports show a comprehensive picture of the situation of the country in the past and that amidst many difficulties, the country has achieved great success. .
MP Tri suggested that the government pay attention to updating and developing pandemic scenarios and then establishing targets and scenarios for production and economic development in an efficient and sustainable manner.
In the immediate term, he said there was a need for a strong focus on prioritizing resources to fight the pandemic, maintain macroeconomic stability and secure people’s lives, he said.
Commenting on the five-year socio-economic development plan for 2021-2025, MP Nguyen Thi Kim Be of Kien Giang province said the government built its plan based on careful analysis and evaluation. of the achievements and limits of the implementation of the five-year socio-economic development goals for 2016-21.
For the Mekong Delta region, she said the government should prioritize investments in the development of transport infrastructure in this area in order to strongly exploit the great potential of the region.
She noted that in the future development plan, there is no highway construction project connecting Kien Giang-Ha Tien-Rach Gia. She suggested that such a project be included in the plan.
Referring to the planning and implementation of investment projects, Deputy Vu Thi Luu Mai of Hanoi suggested that the government, ministries and localities pay special attention to the preparation of evaluation reports of ‘environmental impact.
MP Nguyen Cao Son from Hoa Binh Province said that in the future, the government should speed up budget repayment, conduct inter-regional transport projects and invest in irrigation to facilitate agricultural production.
Source: Vietnam News
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