Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc appears before the National Assembly on November 10 (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan
Phuc appeared before the National Assembly on November 10 to answer queries
from deputies regarding various matters of importance.
The Government leader noted that the COVID-19 pandemic
and natural disasters hitting the central region have affected millions of
people this year.
Along with directing ministries and sectors to quickly
assist those affected, to help them stabilise their lives after the floods
recede, the Government will also evaluate the objective and subjective reasons
behind the recent natural disasters to identify fundamental, long-term solutions,
with a natural disaster response strategy to be created by late this year, he
The PM highlighted that together with ensuring macro-economic
stability and posting a range of achievements in various fields in recent
years, Vietnam has also had a greater voice and responsibility in regional and
Meanwhile, the building of a law-governed socialist
state, the strengthening of discipline, and anti-corruption activities have been
bolstered, he said. Phuc also noted, however, that there remain shortcomings in
Mentioning the 2021 growth target of 6 percent, he
said the goal is modest compared to the country’s potential, adding that the
Government is directing the design of various growth scenarios and corresponding
action plans so as to stay prepared for any situation and maintain dynamism,
innovation, and rapid and sustainable development.
To this end, Vietnam must continue to reinforce confidence
and optimism among investors and businesses by improving the country’s business
On social issues, the PM emphasised the need to pay greater
attention to education provision in the flood-hit central region, and underlined
the vital need to improve the quality of healthcare services for all.
The PM said the Government is focusing on completing key
infrastructure, with the aim of about 5,000 km of expressways being built by 2030,
along with stronger digital infrastructure and synchronised national data
Answering questions on the implementation of the twin
targets of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and maintaining economic growth, the
PM said it is necessary to exert greater efforts to build a self-reliant
economy with safe supply chains, while ensuring food security and paying greater
attention to the domestic market and effectively exploiting foreign markets.
In the current circumstances, working methods must be
changed towards applying information technology, digital technology, and
automation wherever possible, he said.
Regarding deputies’ queries on measures to balance the
State budget, the PM said that if the economy expands only 6 percent in 2021, total
collections will be around 1.34 quadrillion VND, down 170 trillion VND compared
to this year.
To increase revenues for the budget, PM Phuc said it
is necessary to promote production to surpass the target of 6 percent in growth,
along with applying measures to increase State budget collections in localities
and speed up the disbursement of public investment capital.
He stressed the need for economical spending of State
budget funds, controlling budget overspending at a maximum of 4 percent.
Responding to a question on the slow launch of a support
package for businesses and workers affected by COVID-19, the PM said that many
policies have been introduced to help enterprises, including tax and fee
reductions and exemptions. The Government will soon adjust policies to create the
best possible conditions for businesses and workers.
Answering questions on attracting high-quality human
resources, the PM said the Government is directing the building of a project to
reform the recruitment of leaders at State agencies, which will be submitted to