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NA sets goals for economic development

Update: November, 12/2013 - 09:09
Construction of Oil and Gas Cement Factory 12/9 in Anh Son District, Nghe An Province. NA deputies urged more public supervision on building sites at yesterday's discussion of the 13th National Assembly. — VNA/VNS Photo Ha Thai

HA NOI (VNS)— National Assembly deputies decided on the main socio-economic targets for next year at a meeting yesterday morning.

They include the continuation of the macro-economic stabilisation and inflation control, development at a "reasonable rate" - and enhancing the economy's effectiveness and competitiveness by renewing the development model.

Some targets have been set in a resolution, including lifting gross domestic product (GDP) by about 5.8 per cent, export turnover by 10 per cent and the consumer price index (CPI) by 7 per cent.

The resolution also took steps to ensure social security and welfare, use natural resources effectively, protect the environment and cope with climate change.

Total investment for social development will be 30 per cent of GDP, which is higher than this year, when total investment capital accounted for 29.1 per cent of GDP.

Deputies also discussed the Prime Minister's proposal to approve the resignation of Nguyen Thien Nhan as a deputy prime minister so that he can become President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front. Nhan's resignation will be approved today.

NA deputies also discussed draft amendments to the Law on Construction and to the Law on Environmental Protection.

Deputy Vo Thi Dung from HCM City urged for more public supervision on building sites.

"In reality, public supervision applies to projects invested by localities," she said, "It's very difficult to supervise big projects invested by ministries and sectors.

"If public supervision is enhanced in localities, it will limit wrongdoings during construction," she added.

Discussing the draft Law on Environmental Protection, deputy Huynh Minh Thien from HCM City claimed it mostly mentioned sea and island issues, but not forests.

"There needs to be a chapter specialising on forest issues," he said, adding that without such a chapter, the draft law would not reflect the strategic importance of the forests in the country's social and economic development as well as in national defence and security.

Thien added that violations on environmental protection regulations had increased over the years.

"This is because of loose management, but also from the incomplete legal document system," he said, calling for another chapter on punishments for those violating the environment rules.

Deputy Doan Nguyen Thuy Trang from HCM City suggested that besides two regular inspections a year on environmental protection, there should be an extra sudden inspection to keep everyone on their toes. — VNS


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