The Government’s regular meeting – May 2013
10:15 | 06/06/2013



No: 68/NQ-CP


Independence – Freedom – Happiness


Ha Noi, June 4, 2013


The Government’s regular meeting – May 2013

The Government on May 26, 2013 convened its monthly regular meeting to discuss and decide the following issues:

1. Reports: on socio-economic performance in May and the first five months; the realization of the Government’s Resolution 01/NQ-CP and Resolution 02/NQ-CP presented by the Minister of Planning and Investment.

The Government agreed that in May and the first five months, socio-economic performance was highly stable, paving a favorable way for the fulfillment of development goals on production, business, economic restructuring, and growth model transformation. Inflation was put under control; prices and the domestic market were kept stable. Interest rates were on the decline; credit growth was improved; foreign reserves increased sharply. Tax breaks, exemption and cancellation contributed to reducing difficulties for production and business activities. Exports maintained a high growth trend. Industrial production saw changes while agricultural production and service sector were relatively stable. Registered and disbursed foreign direct investment (FDI) and disbursement of official development assistance (ODA) were higher than the same period last year. Social security and welfare were guaranteed; the areas of culture, education, healthcare, job generation were paid due attention. Political and social security was ensured; national defense was strengthened; social security and order were maintained. The administrative reform and settlement of complaints and accusations, and anti-corruption work received due attention; foreign affairs were promoted.

Nevertheless, the economy still faced a mountain of difficulties and challenges in which inflation declined sharply but enterprises still found it difficult to gain access to and absorb capital source; credit growth surged slowly; non-performing loans were handled badly and failed to meet demands. Production and business activities rebounded gradually; the total demand of the economy was low; inventory levels of the industrial processing sector remained high; poultry breeding and aquatic cultivation coped with difficulties; rice exports encountered fierce price and market competitions. Budget collection was lower than estimate. A proportion of people still coped with life, job and income difficulties. Traffic accidents and crime still developed complicatedly. Natural disasters and epidemics were implicit and unpredictable. The Government’s directions and regulations were slowly put into reality, failing to meet the preset requirements. Meanwhile, the global and regional economies were forecast to continue evolving complicatedly, causing negative impacts on the domestic economy.

The Government requested ministries, agencies and localities to resolve difficulties and challenges; continue to effectively implement tasks and measures in line with Resolutions of the Party Central Committee, the National Assembly and the Government; focusing on the following key missions:

- Promptly concretize and supervise the realization of Government-initiated orientations, mechanisms and policies, especially Resolution 01/NQ-CP and Resolution 02/NQ-CP, Resolutions adopted at Government regular meetings, and tasks assigned by the Government and the PM; striving to put the outlined mechanisms and policies into reality.

- The State Bank of Viet Nam continues to direct commercial banks to cut costs in order to slash lending interest rates to a reasonable level; facilitate enterprises’ loan access and steer capital flows into production; take specific measures to assist promising enterprises in borrowing capital in favor of production and business; regulate credit growth appropriately to match with the yearly target; prioritize capital for agriculture, rural areas, exports, and potential enterprises which hold considerable consumption market shares; actively implement the credit assistance policies designed for social housing and commercial housing projects destined to low-income people; quickly develop the Project on restructuring of credit organizations in the 2011-2015 period; accelerate the operation of the Viet Nam Asset Management Company (VAMC) to resolve non-performing loans, facilitate credit flows, strictly control exchange rate and the gold market in line with the set targets.

- The Ministry of Finance chairs and works with other ministries, agencies and localities to implement and supervise the realization of PM’s Directive 09/CT-TTg, dated May 24, 2013 on strengthening the direction and management in implementing state budget – financial tasks; timely conduct the policies on tax exemption, tax breaks, and tax payment rescheduling to encourage production and business, mobilize resources at a reasonable level, strengthen budget collection, prevent revenue loss, resolve tax debts; spend budget in a tight, economical and effective manner; positively regulate budget; ensure budget balance; keep budget overspending within the scope of National Assembly’s preset target; strengthen the provision of information announcement on prices and the use of the petrol stabilization fund.

- The Ministry of Planning and Investment cooperates with the Ministry of Finance and other ministries, agencies and localities to speed up progress and disbursement of capital sourced from the State budget, Government bonds, and ODA, and at ongoing projects which would be early finalized and put into operation; synthesize, review and submit options to the Government regarding the mobilization of capital for national key projects, conduct site clearance in service of expansion of National Highway No.1; Ho Chi Minh Road though the Central Highlands Region (National Highway No. 14), and corresponding capital of ODA; promptly submit the Directive on enhancing supervision, controlling investment, and settling debts in the nation’s major construction projects; and prevent enterprises from paying in advance when their capital balance capacity is not defined yet.

- The Ministry of Industry and Trade implements programs to stimulate people’s demands, raise purchasing power, contribute to reducing inventory levels and address difficulties for the processing industry; bolsters trade promotion efficiency, consolidates and expands export markets, encourages exports, streamlines export procedures at local level and border gates; works with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to build up and plan rice export agents; closely manages operation of these agents; take measures to deal with unhealthy export competitions and dumping prices; supervises progress of electricity projects; takes measures to ensure safety of power projects, especially the high voltage transmission system network; early defines and points out those who held responsibility for the recent power outage caused by an incident on the 500kV transmission line in the South to prevent similar breakdowns in the future.

- The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development instructs preventive work for  diseases and droughts, resolves seawater intrusion, protects the autumn-summer rice crop; stockpiles paddy and rice; prevents rice prices from falling to protect farmers’ incomes; manages agricultural production associations; heightens their roles in orienting exports of agricultural products and prohibits dumping prices; studies the world rice market, builds up plans to increase rice output and quality in order to ensure export competitiveness and incomes for rice growers; works with the State Bank of Viet Nam to remove obstacles for fishing raising and poultry breeding households who have been affected by overdue loans; takes into consideration debt restructuring; provides additional credits to help them maintain and expand production and ensure consumption; supervises flooding and storm control, and timely responds to complex development of natural disasters.

-  The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment cooperates with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to finalize procedures for Viet Nam’s joining of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Water Courses in 2014.

- The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs synchronously and effectively implements policies on social security and welfare, and national target programs on poverty reduction and job generation; deploys measures on vocational training, and job creation, particularly for rural laborers, and laborers whose farming lands were reclaimed; proactively puts forth plans to send workers to potential foreign markets in the future.

- The Ministry of Health strengthens personnel training to improve the quality of healthcare services at hospitals; actively carries out the project to reduce hospital overload; accelerates construction progress of hospitals; works with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Planning and Investment on a plan that proposes the spending of a part of budget expenditure designed for the equitization of State-own enterprises for hospital construction and reports to the Government.

- The Ministry of Education and Training reviews, inspects and puts an end to the situation in which newly-established universities slowly invested in material facilities for education; strengthens management, surmounts shortcomings and ensures the quality of tertiary education; successfully organizes the entrance exam in a serious, safe and effective manner.

- The Ministry of Home Affairs chairs and works with other ministries, agencies and localities to speed up the implementation of the Master program on State Administration Reform in the 2011-2020 period, ensures the quality of the annual administrative reform plan in line with the PM’s Directive 07/CT-TTg, dated May 22, 2013.         

- Government members positively make explanation and interpellation reports at the 5th session of the 13th National Assembly, focusing on issues which drew much attention from the National Assembly, voters and people. Ministers, ministerial-level leaders and chairmen of the provincial People’s Committees review their working programs on schedule and in good quality, especially documents which assessed and summarized inspection and management tasks in the first half of the year, expose shortcomings and outline tasks for the second half of the year in accordance with the Government’s working regulations.

- The Ministry of Information and Communications directs information work to objectively disseminate news on socio-economic performance, policy goals and the Government’s regulations and management; early issues a Decree on administrative punishments in the press and publishing fields. Ministries and agencies positively provide information about their fields in an accurate and timely manner to generate transparency and guide public opinions; addresses the abuse of freedom and democracy to produce false information on national situation and damage prestige of State offices, organizations, individuals and people’s interests.

2. Report on investment in projects to expand National Highway No.1; Ho Chi Minh Road though the Central Highlands Region (National Highway No. 14), presented by the Ministry of Transport.

The investment to upgrade and expand National Highway No.1 and National Highway No.14 in line with Resolutions of the Party Central Committee, the National Assembly and the Government’s instructions was implemented positively, with a load of work accomplished. Some projects had been completed and put into operation. However, some other projects on National Highway No.1 and National Highway No.14 met difficulties in mobilizing capital, from Government-guaranteed bonds or BOT. In addition, a large number of important and urgent projects on irrigation, healthcare, education are unable to be completed because of the lack of Government bonds. Hence, the Government proposed the National Assembly allow issuance of more Government bonds to facilitate the implementation of these projects.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment was assigned to work with the Ministry of Finance and related agencies to finalize procedures to grant BOT investment licenses; collect supplementary demands for Government bonds to complete the unfinished projects and some important and urgent projects including projects on expansion of  National Highway No.1 and National Highway No.14; draft plans to issue additional Government bonds, report to the Government  before submitting them to the 13th National Assembly for consideration and decision at its 6th session.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment was asked to work with the Ministry of Finance to rapidly submit projects to allocate state budget in advance to implement site clearance for projects on expansion of National Highway No.1 and National Highway No.14 and provide responding capital for ODA projects.

The Ministry of Transport chairs, assesses and ratifies investment projects, asks contractors to execute projects in accordance with law; supervises progress of projects and does its utmost to fundamentally finalize highway construction projects in 2016. Localities where highways run though are responsible for accelerating site clearance and ensuring progress of the projects.

3. The Draft Law on Inland Waterway (amended and supplemented) presented by the Ministry of Transport.

The Ministry of Transport chairs and works with the Ministry of Justice, the Office of Government and related agencies to collect comments from Government members to finalize the draft law. On behalf of the PM, the Minister of Transport shall present the document to the National Assembly.

4. The Ordinance on Mobile Police submitted by the Minister of Public Security

The Ministry of Public Security is in charge of working with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of National Defense, the Office of Government and related agencies to collect comments from Government members to finalize the Ordinance, submitting it to the PM for consideration: the name of the ordinance as well as the mobile police in line with international practices; regulations on functions and tasks of the police force under the Ministry of Public Security and related responsibilities of the Ministry of National Defense; organization in principle and cases of weapons usage, permission of firing; appropriate regulations and policies and interrelation with other armed forces./.






Nguyen Tan Dung

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