|Customers purchase fruit at the Co-opmart Vung Tau 2 in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. Viet Nam has recorded many economic achievements in 2013, says the Minister of Planning and Investment yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu.
HA NOI (VNS) — Economically, 2013 was a successful year for Viet Nam, said Bui Quang Vinh, Minister of Planning and Investment, during an online Government meeting yesterday in Ha Noi under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
"With the Government's determination and the great efforts made by leaders from different sectors, Viet Nam has achieved many positive socio-economic changes in 2013, particularly capping the inflation rate, stabilising the macro economy and restoring national economic development.
Difficulties in business production have gradually been solved while bad debts have been tackled and social security and social welfare have been paid due attention," Vinh said.
From the beginning of the year, the government and the Prime Minister started to develop guiding documents to turn the Party Central Committee and National Assembly's resolutions into reality, particularly through government resolutions 1 and 2, which focus on socio-economic development and supporting enterprises and the market.
"These resolutions are the main tools for ministries and sectors to implement the country's 2013 socio-economic programme," Vinh said.
Throughout the year, the government and the Prime Minister have worked hard to ensure the completion of both immediate and long-term targets, such as inflation control, macro-economic stability and a rational growth rate.
The government has also tried hard to link economic development with cultural and social development coupled with environmental protection and sustainable development.
In 2013, the country faced many economic difficulties, including the reduction in national revenue collection. Yet the Government still gave tax exemptions and delays while prioritising social security and the development of rural areas and agriculture. Other tasks that the government paid attention to were linking socio-economic development to national defence and security and promoting the nation's prestige in the international arena.
Minister Vinh also presented the government's draft resolution on tasks and key measures to implement the 2014 socio-economic development plan as well as the State budget. He highlighted nine groups of measures, including macro-economic stability, inflation control, business and production development, economic restructuring, improving the economy's competitiveness and climate change response.
Speaking at the conference, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked local government leaders, ministry and sectors to share the lessons they learned in 2013 and provide feedback about the government's performance in 2013, particularly when it came to weaknesses and limitations.
Dung also asked them to reflect on the government's draft resolution on the tasks and measures to implement the 2014 socio-economic plan as well as the State budget proposal.
The two-day conference will close today. — VNS