|President Truong Tan Sang promised meets with voters in districts 1 and 3 in HCM City on Saturday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu
HCM CITY (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang promised that efforts would be made in the remaining months of his term to successfully realise voters' aspirations at a meeting with constituents of districts 1 and 3 in HCM City on Saturday.
At the voter-meeting, Sang highlighted national achievements made during the 13th tenure, including curbed inflation, a stable macro-economy, social welfare, and cultural and social progress.
He also admitted that there were matters yet to be tackled, such as the rapid increase of public debt, obstacles in business activities and the economy's low competitiveness.
At the meeting, some participants asked the NA deputies to take part in more question-and-answer and supervisory activities. They also voiced their disappointment at some of the evasive answers provided by the heads of some ministries and sectors, especially regarding the fight against budget waste.
Voter Phan Thi Bach Tuyet said buildings worth trillions of dong stood abandoned but many localities were still asking for funds to build costly monuments or administrative headquarters, despite the fact their residents remained in poverty.
"These two images are so contradictory and hurtful to residents. Wastefulness and corruption are eroding public belief in the Government," she said.
Voter Nguyen Thanh Cong asked the National Assembly to carefully consider how to spend the State budget as the country's public debt was "going to reach its cap soon".
"This (public debt) will even affect our children's children," he said.
He also said the Government needed to cut the number of permanent State employees as "it had become a burden on the State budget".
The President, in his response, promised to call for public supervision over public debt to prevent misspending of foreign loans.
He also vowed severe punishment for actions that caused economic loss at State-owned groups. He also acknowledged failures in corruption prevention.
The leader also reiterated the Vietnamese Party and State's viewpoint on the country's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, and its disagreement with China's illegal and forceful occupation of those chains of islands.
Hai Phong meet
On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung joined National Assembly (NA) deputies in the northern city of Hai Phong at a meeting with Le Chan District voters to inform them about the outcomes of the NA's freshly finished 10th sitting.
Hai Phong voters expressed their delight at the outcomes of the NA's 10th sitting, especially reforms in lawmaking activities and question-and-answer sessions that directly addressed pressing issues.
They asked the NA and the Government to fine-tune policies designed for socio-economic development in coastal and insular areas, and safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity. They also hoped the Cabinet would help Hai Phong build an international university.
At the meeting, PM Nguyen Tan Dung, who is also a deputy of Hai Phong, notified voters about Viet Nam's socio-economic situation, noting the impacts of the world's sluggish economic recovery, debt crises in many countries and tension in the East Sea.
Despite those facts, the country has ensured macro-economic stability and curbed inflation. It expects to hit a GDP growth rate of 6.5 per cent this year, exceeding its goal of 6.2 per cent.
The leader pledged the Government's concerted efforts to continue ensuring macro-economic stability, containing inflation, reducing budget overspending, and promoting national financial safety. — VNS