HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi has reached all key targets set for 2013, with higher economic growth and better social protection, according to Nguyen The Thao, chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee.
Thao made the statement yesterday at a meeting with the Ha Noi People's Council to review the capital city's performance in 2013.
He said the Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) of the city had grown each quarter, with the figure increasing from 7.46 per cent in the first quarter to an expected 9.05 per cent in the fourth quarter. This means the estimated average GRDP of the entire year might reach 8.25 per cent, an increase of 0.19 per cent against last year and far surpassing the average growth of the entire country.
Another achievement highlighted by Thao was that the city had managed to improve its control of inflation, with the consumer price index (CPI) for the entire year estimated at 7.6 per cent, compared to 8.57 per cent in 2012.
In addition, Ha Noi has worked to ensure social protection, as it has created jobs for over 136,500 citizens and supported 16,500 households to help them escape poverty.
Regarding the tasks for next year, Thao said there are five main targets.
The first, and also the most prioritised task, is to overcome economic difficulties to focus on business development and achieve higher and more sustainable growth.
The second is to improve the investment environment, the third to ensure social protection, security and social welfare, and the fourth to enhance governance in land management, construction, transport and environment. The last is to continue developing administration reforms and fighting waste and corruption.
Thao said that the first mission for the People's Committee in 2014 is to focus on setting targets and plans for next year for underlying sectors and ensuring the supply of goods and social security during the Lunar New Year.
Earlier on Thursday, the Ha Noi People's Council also held a question and answer session in which delegates posed questions to the city's leaders to find solutions to existing problems in land management and food safety.
In response to a delegate's question about increasing cases of land violations, Vu Hong Khanh, vice chairman of the council, said during recent years the city had paid much attention to the problem and made some positive changes. Yet, he noted that at local levels, the authorities had not ensured strict management and allowing violations to occur.
He said the city had sent inspection groups to local areas with serious violations to investigate and impose strict punishments.
During the past year, out of 261 cases of land encroachment over public land and agricultural land throughout the city, 201 cases had been dealt with, while local authorities continue working to resolve the remaining cases, said Khanh.
In response to a delegate's questions about the progress of developing organic vegetables, Tran Xuan Viet, vice chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee, said the city had 85 stores, 76 distribution locations and 40 super markets selling organic vegetables.
He added that businesses violating food safety regulations had also been made public, to warn citizens.
Ngo Thi Doan Thanh, chairman of the city People's Council, said all sectors, especially agriculture, health and trade, should now consider ensuring food safety a high priority. — VNS