Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh speaks at the working session with HCM City officials (Photo: VNA)
HCM City, (VNA)
– Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh held a working session with key officials of
Ho Chi Minh City on May 13, his first meeting of the kind with a locality after
taking up the top position in the Government, which demonstrated the special
importance that the PM and the Government attach to the southern hub.
While acknowledging the efforts and important achievements that HCM City has
made in the past years, PM Chinh noted that the city has failed to achieve
socio-economic targets in the 2016-2020 period. He also pointed to outstanding
problems such as slow disbursement of public investment capital, irrational land
use structure, delayed equitisation of State-owned enterprises, and
lower-than-expected human resource quality.
To address the problems, the PM suggested several major tasks that the city
should implement, which are to strengthen the Party organisation, build clean
and democratic administrative system with good discipline and order, and push
ahead with administrative reform to meet requirements in the new stage of
In the immediate
future, the city should strictly implement the Party and Government’s directions
on COVID-19 prevention and control, and make thorough preparations for the safe
and successful organization of the elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils in the 2021-2026 tenure, he
The Government leader
also asked the city to continue revise institutions, mechanisms and policies in
order to make timely adjustments and supplements, mobilise social resources for
development, pay more attention to human resources, and ensure social welfare,
especially for disadvantaged groups in society.
PM Chinh said the
Government basically agrees with the 15 proposals of the city and suggested one
more idea on building a regional and international financial centre.
City posted a 4.58 percent economic growth year-on-year in the first quarter of
this year, along with a 14 percent increase in export value and 1.1 billion USD
in foreign investment, while doing well in containing COVID-19, Chairman of the
city People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong reported.
He added that the city
has set nine key tasks in socio-economic development, including a 6.5 percent
economic growth for 2021 and keeping the pandemic under control.
During his working trip to the city, the PM visited and gave encouragement to
medical workers at the Cho Ray Hospital and the University Medical Centre.
“Frontline forces made
important and decisive contributions to pandemic prevention and control as well
as the settlement of consequences,” he said, stressing that the Party, State
and people recognize and highly value the contribution of the contingent of