Municipal People’s Committee reviews performance in the first half of 2018 (10:54 11/07/2018)

HNP - Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung presides over a meeting on July 9 to review performance in the first half of 2018. Vice Chairmen Ngo Van Quy, Nguyen Quoc Hung and leaders of city’ departments and sectors are present.

Overview of the meeting

According to report of the Municipal People’s Committee, gross product of Ha Noi increases 7.07% according to the new measurement, and 7.78% according to the old measurement. Index of Industry Products is estimated to increase 7.95% in comparison to 6.07% of the same period last year. Average Consumer Price Index in the first six months rises 3.4%, a decrease in comparison to the same period last year (3.86%).

Export turnover increases 10.4%, lower than the same period last year (12.1%); import turnover increases 7.1%, lower than the same period last year (20.7%).

Tourism industry sees further development. It is estimated that 2.21 million international tourists arrive and stay overnight in Ha Noi, an increase of 27%. 5.63 million Vietnamese tourists arrive and stay overnight in Ha Noi, an increase of 14.6%.

Total revenues from tourism is estimated at VND39.2 trillion, an increase of 9.3%. Farm production is basically favorable; price of agricultural products is stable.

Remarkably, investment environment of Ha Noi is further improved, and effort is taken to attract more investment. Ha Noi’s Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) in 2017 nudges up one position, and the city ranks 13 among 63 cities and provinces. Public Administrative Reform Index (PAR) also increases one position, and Ha Noi now ranks second nationwide.

Total investment in the first six months reaches around VND 128.9 trillion, going up 9.9%. Foreign investment is estimated at USD6.92 billion, 5.4-fold in comparison to the same period last year. This is temporally the highest amount nationwide.

12,100 new enterprises are established in the first half of the year; registered capital is VND124 trillion, decreasing 3.3% in terms of quantity and increasing 31% in terms of capital. State budget revenue in Ha Noi is estimated at VND120 trillion, accounting for 50.4% of estimates and increasing 19% against the same period last year. Local budget expenses is around VND31.1 trillion, accounting for 32.7% of estimates and increasing 18.7%.

Urban management and development is further enhanced. Ha Noi speeds up progress of building comprehensive cadastral records and land management database, completes the task of handing over 329.9ha service land with 38,710 households, further reforms administrative procedures in the field of registration and issuance of land use right certificate. The city inspects 9,051 construction works, detects and records 606 cases of violation, and handles 443 of them. For prolonged cases dating back from 2015 and 2016, 351 out of 409 cases are processed.

Speaking at the meeting, Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung appreciates contribution of the departments, agencies and units in state budget, foreign investment attraction and tourism. Thanks to the effort, Ha Noi witnesses significant progress in indexes of administration reform and application of IT; political security, social order and safety are maintained.

Apart from the progresses, Nguyen Duc Chung points out shortcomings over six months. State budget collection is not sustainable; agriculture growth remains low; auction of land use rights and agricultural lands surrounded by residential lands in districts and towns see slow progress; disbursement is conducted slowly. Particular officers show improper attitude towards the people when processing administrative procedures; administrative procedures are simplified slowly in units; there are shortcomings in waste collection and treatment. Roadsides are re-encroached by street vendors, causing traffic jam and worsening the urban landscape. Quality of capital construction funded by state budget in particular places is not guaranteed.

The Chairman requests departments, sectors, districts and towns to review state budget collection target, especially the units that open auction of land use rights, collect non-state taxes, service fees and have other revenue sources. He also highlights responsibilities of the leaders of departments, sectors, districts and towns in urging disbursement in capital construction, easing difficulties with procedures to speed up progress of the projects.

Nguyen Duc Chung also requests Department of Home Affairs to take responsibilities, urge administrative inspection, conduct training classes for Chairpeople and Vice Chairpeople of communes, wards as well as leaders of sections under the departments, review the function, mission of the units, and continue effort to reduce the size of workforce. The city will offer 553 online public services at level 3 and level 4 in August 2018, and re-organize Steering Committees. The Department of Home Affairs shall cooperate with Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Department of Industry and Trade to establish specialized force for food safety.

In terms of information technology program, Nguyen Duc Chung requests Department of Information and Communications in collaboration with Department of Finance to fulfill procedures soon and complete the program within July. The city leader also asks relevant agencies and sectors to implement smart tourism program soon, review and rearrange Steering Committee for Information Technology and Steering Committee for Administration Reform, supervise fire fighting and prevention as well as lifts in buildings, urge more control over overloaded, oversized trucks, and set up traffic light system.

By Mai Phuong

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