steam ahead into new year: Gov’t
|The Sroc Phu Mieng
hydro-electric power plant’s Generator No 2 on the Be River in the
southern province of Binh Phuoc. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Phan
HA NOI— Business and
government works must head into overdrive in the first days of the new year in
order to fulfil the nation’s ambitious socio-economic targets, Prime Minister
Phan Van Khai said at a cabinet meeting yesterday.
All State corporations
must work quickly to assign tasks to their affiliates, build plans of action and
organise their staff in the first days of the new year, Khai added at the
two-day monthly meeting that ended yesterday.
This year, the Government
plans to submit 62 draft laws and ordinances and 300 decisions to the National
Assembly, including directives guiding the implementation of the anti-corruption
law, the law on thrift and anti-waste and the enterprise law, he said.
Prime Minister Khai asked
relevant ministries and sectors to take bold measures to ensure there is enough
water for cultivation of the winter spring crops during the current dry season.
Livestock breeding must be
further developed in specific areas, and effective measures must be enacted to
prevent the spread of bird flu.
All favourable conditions
must be taken advantage of to help develop industrial production and exports,
and to stabilise prices, practise thrift and fight waste, particularly in public
The Prime Minister asked
the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and
Social Affairs, the General Confederation of Trade Unions and strike-prone
localities to co-operate to work out solutions to their problems.
State managers and
enterprises should pay special attention to educating their employees against
illegal behaviour to avoid incidents like the recent match-fixing scandal by Bui
Tien Dung and Nguyen Viet Bac.
He said violators of the
law must suffer their due punishment. He asked the Ministry of Transport and
criminal procedural agencies to seek out the nation’s criminals and make them
known to the public.
The cabinet meeting heard
that industrial production in January increased 15.7 per cent over the same
period last year.
remained in the development stages, and bird flu was initially contained and
By mid January, farmers in
the country had planted nearly 2.5 million hectares of winter-spring rice.
Total retail sales are
expected to go up by 6 per cent compared with last December.
Export values are
estimated at US$2.8 billion, up by 16 per cent over January of last year. Import
values stand at US$3.15 billion, up by 10.8 per cent. The trade deficit stands
at $350 million.
Preparations for the Tet
holidays are going well. All types of goods are available on the market with
prices only rising slightly.
production in a number of provinces and cities remains low, including HCM City
and southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, the Prime Minister said.
Agriculture remains a
difficult sector, particularly with the current drought and bird flu fears.
Export values are high but
the trade deficit is high as well. State revenues are lower than the same period
last year, and traffic accidents are still all too frequent, Khai said.
Cabinet members at the
meeting also discussed several legislative documents, including the law on
tariff management submitted by the Ministry of Finance, the law on job training
submitted by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, and the law on
technology transfers submitted by the Ministry of Science and Technology. —