Hanoi spotlights achievements, seeks help to fix flaws

10:05 | 21/11/2017 Economy- Society

(VEN) - From 2011-2015, Hanoi’s regional domestic product (GRDP) grew 7.57 percent per year, 2.56 percent higher than the country’s average, and per capita income reached VND79.4 million in 2015, 1.7 times that of  2011, Hanoi Party Committee Deputy Secretary Ngo Thi Thanh Hang reported at an October 20 meeting between the Politburo and Hanoi Party Committee’s Standing Committee.

hanoi spotlights achievements seeks help to fix flaws

Hang also reported that the capital’s socialist-oriented market economy continued to improve and develop, with the investment environment improving and new rural area development program achieving notable progress. By the end of this year, 73.8 percent of all communes are expected to meet new rural area standards.

Scanning other progress made in implementing the 11th Politburo resolution (11-NQ/TW) on the city’s development, Hang said planning, construction, and management of land, natural resource and environmental protection had all improved. The capital has improved its appearance, expanded its cultural, health, education and training services, and strengthened science and technology sectors. Hang noted that Hanoi now ranks first among the country’s 63 provinces and cities in terms of human development index.

Missed targets

However, Hang also pointed to shortcomings in the city’s performance. Hanoi has not reached its targets in terms of GRDP growth, per capita income, export value growth, workforce training and per capita urban housing. She conceded that planning and construction management need to be improved and that the socio-cultural development has not been commensurate with its potential. The performance of a number of city authorities needs to be improved in compliance with the capital’s development demands, she added.

Hang referred to the need to amend some of the policies and regulations hindering the capital’s development and preventing proper implementation of the 2012 Law of the Capital. She also noted that the city has high construction and urban development demands and therefore needs to mobilize capital from different sources, including the private sector, as state capital remains limited.

Speaking at the October-20 meeting, Party Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong praised Hanoi for its achievements over the past five years, while exhorting local authorities to focus on innovation, international integration and modernization pertaining to culture preservation. He also noted the importance of ensuring political security and social order and safety, efficient management of population, land, urban area and planning, developing foreign relations, and building the party and the political system.

The Politburo has allowed Hanoi to apply a number of specific policies and given the capital increased power and authority while asking the city to continue implementing Resolution 11-NQ/TW to boost its standing as the country’s political and administrative center.

Viet Anh