HCM CITY — The HCM City People's Committee has directed all departments and agencies to work together and help enterprises facing difficulties as it prepares for a year of even tougher socio-economic conditions.
The directive came at a meeting held last Saturday to discuss measures to deal with socio-economic difficulties predicted to be more serious this year, as indicated by a review of the first two months.
One official said that State budget collection had decreased compared with the same period last year, and the situation regarding various diseases like the avian flu had become "more complicated".
The HCM City Taxation Department reported that in the last two months, about 2,000 small - and medium-sized enterprises were dissolved or downed their shutters.
In 2011, a total of around 50,000 enterprises had gone bankrupt or stopped operations, and 10,000 of these were in HCM City.
The city's leaders asked departments, branches and districts to work closely together and help solve problems facing enterprises.
The enterprises should be given opportunities to join the municipal demand stimulus programme, officials said.
Do Phi Hung, deputy director of the municipal Department of Construction, said that in the last two months the agency had inspected 112 construction projects in the city and discovered 20 works violating regulations.
The People's Committee asked the department to strengthen inspections and supervision of the quality of infrastructure construction. The department should strictly penalise projects operating without licences or violating construction regulations, the committee said.
People's Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan asked the construction department's inspectors to directly check the major projects since the professional abilities of district-and ward-level construction inspectors were yet to meet necessary standards.
Quan also advised districts to pay special attention to projects that are related to land clearance and resettlement, and initiate proper and timely measures to assist people affected by these projects. Complicated cases should be referred to the city's leadership for consideration, Quan said.
To deal with the avian flu epidemic that reared its head again, Deputy Chairman of the People's Committee Le Minh Tri directed district People's Committees to implement several anti-epidemic measures including more stringent and frequent inspections of slaughter-houses and gates to the city. — VNS