Driving the national economy through storms
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh inspects the production and anti-epidemic situation at Saigon Stec Co., Ltd., Thu Dau Mot City, Binh Duong province. (Photo: Nhat Bac)
NDO - After more than 35 years of renewal, especially in the past 5 years, Vietnam has made many important and comprehensive achievements, contributing to enhancing the position and power of the country. However, the national economy is facing many difficulties and challenges, particularly in Ho Chi Minh City and neighbouring provinces due to the serious impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the leadership of Party and State leaders together with the involvement of the whole political system and the consensus and support of the people and business community, the Government has always strived to surmount all hardships and challenges to continue to steer the economy to overcome storms.
In support of the people and enterprises
From the beginning of the year, especially since the Government was consolidated in April, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has always been persistent in realising the dual goal of both effectively preventing the pandemic and promoting socio-economic development. Vietnam’s GDP growth was reported at 5.64% in the first half of 2021, a high rate compared to other countries around the world.
The PM and the Government have also organised many working sessions with ministries, sectors, agencies, enterprises and localities to devise solutions for each sector, particularly removing obstacles for production and business activities amidst the pandemic.
The Government has issued many important policies to support the business community to overcome difficulties, particularly Resolutions 68 and 86/NQ-CP which are timely support policies and “vaccines” for people and enterprises.
In addition, the Government has continuously asked for reductions in the prices of electricity, water, and telecommunications by tens of thousands of billions of Vietnamese dong in order to share in the difficulties of people and enterprises.
One of the policies highly appreciated by the public has been the implementation of the vaccine strategy through buying vaccines as quickly as possible, promoting the domestic production of vaccines and providing free vaccination for the entire population.
Public opinion also values the Government's establishment of the COVID-19 Vaccine Fund and the effective and active implementation of “vaccine diplomacy”.
During the fourth COVID-19 outbreak, PM Pham Minh Chinh has repeatedly inspected epidemic hotspots in Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces. Through the recent visits to Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, and Dong Nai on August 26 and 27, local people and medical workers all affirmed the value of the establishment of medical care facilities and stations at commune and ward level, contributing to increasing people's access to health care at grassroots level while reducing overload on upper treatment levels.
Although the pandemic is still progressing, positive signals show that the fight against the pandemic is on the right track, particularly the policy of taking communes and wards as “fortresses” against the pandemic and each citizen as a “soldier”.
Challenges considered as motivation for further efforts
The Government attaches special importance to ensuring production and avoiding disruptions to the supply chain in order to have the necessary resources to fight the pandemic. The top priority at this time is to fight the pandemic, but production needs to be promoted in any locality or establishment that can ensure safety.
The government has also promptly adjusted any excessive control of transportation to ensure the smooth circulation of goods.
The direction of Government leaders in the pandemic fight has been decisive and strong, thus, many officials at all levels have been disciplined and dismissed for being negligent in pandemic prevention and control.
Government leaders emphasise that amid the difficulties, decentralisation must be boosted to promote the initiative and creativity of all levels and strengthen the solidarity and unity within the Party, the people and localities.
Difficulties and challenges will be much larger than advantages and opportunities in the near future but we must act decisively, overcome difficulties, and consider these as motivation to grow and develop, the Government leader said.
The Government has identified the main tasks and key solutions for the 2021 – 2025 period including combating the epidemic, in combination with restoring and fostering socio-economic development, restructuring the economy in association with renovating the growth mode, boosting the digital economy and ensuring social security.
In particular, the Government has thoroughly grasped the direction of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong that “Do not sacrifice progress and social justice to chase economic growth”.
The “COVID-19 cloud” has cast a shadow over people's lives. This is the time when “fire is testing gold and adversity is testing the brave” but we have the right to hope and believe that a new dawn of normal life will soon return.
The government has mobilised the strength and great unity of the whole people, inspiring them to join hands with Party committees and authorities to realise all goals and tasks.
During the pandemic, difficulties and tribulations, the spirit of overcoming difficulties, the tradition of solidarity, mutual compassion, and “good leaves cover torn leaves” as well as the people's trust in the Party and State are being strengthened and demonstrated more clearly than ever.
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