Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính chairs the Cabinet's teleconference with localities. VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI - Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính last week asked localities to persistently and resolutely implement the dual goals of preventing the COVID-19 pandemic and promoting socio-economic development.
The Government leader made the request while chairing the Cabinet’s teleconference with localities nationwide to assess the country’s socio-economic situation in the first half of the year as well as set directions, tasks and solutions for the second half.
“Localities must not exchange justice, social progress, culture and the environment for mere economic growth; and put the protection of people's health and lives first and foremost,” he stressed.
Those hit by the pandemic must give priority to pandemic prevention and control to stabilise the situation, while continuing to effectively implement the vaccine strategy, he said.
Regarding the socio-economic development results in the first six months, Prime Minister Chính affirmed that Việt Nam had been implementing the dual goals well, with gross domestic product (GDP) increasing by 5.64 per cent, much higher than the same period in 2020 (1.82 per cent), and budget revenue reaching nearly 58 per cent of the estimate.
Meanwhile, social security and order were ensured, and external relations were enhanced, he added.
However, according to the PM, there were still some limitations such as economic growth yet to reach the set target, unsustainable macro economy, and slow disbursement of public investment and ODA capital.
The COVID-19 pandemic is still impacting several localities, while production and business activities and people's lives in some places are facing difficulties.
Therefore, localities should make greater efforts to fulfil their set targets, the leader said, adding that the Government had yet to adjust the growth targets set at the 13th National Party Congress and assigned by the National Assembly and would continue with two scenarios of 6 per cent and 6.5 per cent.
Sharing experiences in pandemic prevention and economic development, Secretary of Vĩnh Phúc Provincial Party Committee Hoàng Thi Thúy Lan emphasised that it was necessary to strictly, scientifically, methodically and creatively implement the Government's directives.
For example, when the Prime Minister stated that "fighting the pandemic is like fighting the enemy", Vĩnh Phúc does not consider it just a slogan but also an order and a legal basis for the Provincial People's Committee to issue a decision to change the situation to emergency, thereby promoting decentralisation in carrying out the task, and applying appropriate measures to the situation.
When the Prime Minister directed to step up the attack strategy in pandemic prevention and control, the province quickly increased the daily testing capacity from 5,000 samples to 10,000 samples and now has reached 80,000 samples, increasing the isolation capacity by 10 times.
At the online conference, Secretary of Bắc Giang Provincial Party Committee Dương Văn Thái said that the province had resolutely and persistently implemented the dual goals of fighting the pandemic and developing the socio-economy. As a result, many economic indicators were very positive and had increased sharply compared to last year. Especially, even in the context of the pandemic, the province sold 215,000 tonnes of lychee with a total revenue of about VNĐ6.8 trillion.
Secretary of Bắc Ninh Provincial Party Committee Đào Hồng Lan shared the experience of "fighting the pandemic and maintaining production at the same time" at factories and industrial parks. The province proposed to ministries and sectors a number of contents such as boosting support for investment and trade promotion after the pandemic; as well as simplifying procedures in supporting people and businesses.
Tasks to be implemented
The Prime Minister emphasised tasks that localities must focus on going forward.
First of all, in places where outbreaks are discovered, leaders must give priority to fighting the pandemic with early detection, quick isolation, zoning, actively curbing the virus, and quickly stabilising the situation. Effective implementation of the vaccine strategy must be conducted.
Secondly, secretariat and chairpeople of the People's Committees of the localities must immediately focus on reviewing the difficulties and obstacles in terms of institutions, mechanisms and policies in anti-pandemic activities. The Prime Minister warned agencies and units who are tardy in performing this task and said he would continue to criticise and strictly handle them according to anti-pandemic regulations.
Thirdly, provinces and cities must promote administrative reform, create the most convenient conditions and opportunities for people to access policies and solve problems. "During this difficult time, if we don't address those problems for people and businesses now, when will we?", the Prime Minister said.
Fourth, localities must be very dynamic and creative, trying not to disrupt domestic and global supply chains, and not to disrupt the labour market.
Fifth, the PM asked for boosting disbursement of public investment in accordance with the Government's Resolution, saying local leaders must inspect, clearly identify and remove difficulties and obstacles, overcome limitations, inadequacies, and strive to achieve the highest disbursement rate.
Sixth, localities should promote digital transformation, build a digital economy and digital society when the current context is an opportunity to do this.
Seventh, the PM mentioned the efforts to expand export markets, saying that some provinces had done very well in this work. He also said localities needed to promote the spirit of self-reliance, consultation and learning from each other to do better.
Eighth, localities must find solutions to increase revenue and reduce expenditure to focus on development investment and key, priority and urgent tasks.
Ninth, they must step up the fight against corruption and bureaucracy.
Tenth, he asked localities leaders to maintain political stability, social order and safety so that the people can feel secure and all levels of government can fulfil the dual goal.
Eleven, the authorities at all levels must pay more attention to the work of information and mobilisation of the people, to prevent a media crisis, and to actively fight against distorted and hostile claims and false and untrue information. VNS