HA NOI — One of the key goals of the Government this year is to create more favourable conditions for economic development by focusing on the three problem areas of infrastructure, institutions and human resources, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told a meeting of his cabinet on Wednesday.
|A corner of Dong Tay Boulevard. Covering over 21 kilometres, it connects eight districts in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo
Ministries, branches and localities should make their best efforts to removing State administrative barriers to attracting financial resources for development and to build strategies for such sectors such as steelmaking and cement and automobile production, Dung said.
The Government would also continue to address the pressing issues of food hygiene and safety, crime and environmental pollution, he added.
The Ministry of Health was requested to review planning for the hospital system, formulate standards for regional hospitals, and to draw up plans to address overload at hospitals and ensure that the entire population would be covered by health insurance.
Dung stressed that the Government was determined to get ministries, agencies, local governments and enterprises to strengthen management of natural resources exploitation to ensure sustainability, increase the added-value of products and protect the environmnent.
He also urged the stronger efforts in the fight against corruption, with corruption cases to be dealt with transparently and publicly to raise public confidence in the State's leadership.
Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh, Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong and State Bank of Viet Nam Governor Nguyen Van Binh all suggested that ministries and agencies spend more time drafting laws and ordinances, boosting administrative reform efforts, and promoting thrift and waste prevention.
Cuong said that special attention this year needed to be paid to human resources training.
Addressing the draft plan to increase the efficiency of State-owned enterprises, Dung said restructuring of State-owned enterprises would help them perform their key role in promoting economic development and stabilising the economy. He requested relevant ministries and sectors to review the legal framework governing the operation of State economic groups.
The Ministry of Planning and Investment was also asked to collect comments from ministries and sectors and finalise a plan soon.
The plan needed to clearly define which sectors required the participation of a State-owned enterprise, Dung said.
Meanwhile, enterprises in which the State held over 65 per cent of capital would continue to be ordered to focus on core lines of business while incrementally withdrawing investment from non-core businesses in such fields as banking, insurance, and real estate development. The Government would also deal with loss-making enterprises.
The cabinet agreed to add another three months to the current corporate income tax extension for small- and medium-sized and labour-intensive enterprises. Under Prime Minister's Decision No 21/2011/QD-TTg issued back on Arpil 6, 2011, those enterprises would have been required to pay corporate income taxes due for the first and second quarters of 2011 by this April 30 and July 30 at the latest.
The cabinet members also agreed yesterday on the need to expand export markets for the country's key commodities as well as to focus on providing more jobs for rural workers.
Wednesday's meeting also reviewed the Government peformance in 2011. Dung and his ministers noted that the Government had strictly implemented Party policy and systematically carried out a wide range of measures to control inflation and maintain economic stability.
Inflation has slowed since the second quarter of last year, keeping overall inflation in 2011 to 18.13 per cent, while lending interest rates also showed signs of easing and exports saw a year-on-year increase of 33.3 per cent.
The trade deficit fell to 9.9 per cent of total export value, well within the National Assembly target of 18 per cent, while the State budget deficit accounted for just 4.9 per cent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP).
Cabinet members also contributed opinions on the draft Government decree on gold trading. — VNS