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Full steam ahead into new year: Gov't

Update: January, 25/2006 - 00:00

Full steam ahead into new year: Gov’t

(25-01-2006)

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 properties.

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.

January reviewed

The cabinet meeting heard that industrial production in January increased 15.7 per cent over the same period last year.

Agricultural production remained in the development stages, and bird flu was initially contained and controlled.

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.

Assessment

However, industrial 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. — VNS

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