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HCM City lawmakers focus on development, welfare

Update: July, 07/2017 - 10:42
The 9th HCM City People’s Council closed its fifth session on Thursday, adopting 14 resolutions ranging from economic growth to free bus tickets for the elderly. — VNA/VNS Photo

HCM CITY — The 9th HCM City People’s Council closed its fifth session on Thursday, adopting 14 resolutions ranging from economic growth to free bus tickets for the elderly.

After three working days, the council approved a resolution promoting socio-economic development for the second half of the year in order to achieve the targeted State revenue collection and Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) growth of 8.4–8.7 per cent.

To reach the target, the council will request the municipal People’s Committee to mobilise private capital, especially through public-private partnerships (PPP) for infrastructure development, and speed up important construction works related to easing traffic, flooding, environmental pollution and urban renovation.

The council also stressed that the city should continue to research and renovate its growth model; increase the quality of growth, labour productivity and economic competitiveness, as well as improve the investment and business environment.

It also approved a resolution on middle and long-term public investment during the 2016-20 period with capital of nearly VNĐ172 trillion (US$7.65 billion), of which VNĐ22 trillion ($978 million) will come from the central Government.

Resolutions on attracting qualified kindergarten teachers, providing residents over 70 with free bus tickets, reproductive planning, healthcare services and more were also adopted.

“Based on the municipal People’s Council’s resolutions, the People’s Committee should strengthen its instructions and operations to achieve planned targets,” said Nguyễn Thị Quyết Tâm, chairwoman of the People’s Council.

She urged the People’s Committee to tighten supervision over its staff, many of whom have been accused of unprofessional behavior and bribery for a long time without any improvement observed. — VNS

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