Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The remarkable achievements that Hanoi has gained in 2015 creates a good premise for the capital to make new progress in 2016.

Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung talked about Hanoi’s targets and missions in 2016 in an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency on the eve of the new year.

He said a four-year high economic growth of 9.24 percent in 2015 will create a momentum for the city’s development, adding that the city has also identified outstanding weaknesses and shortcomings with a view to promptly addressing them.

According to the official, urban order and civility will continue to be the key task for the city in 2016, following up on the two years 2014 and 2015, which covers various fields from transport, construction, and street management to working style adjustment, planning, environmental resources, and administrative reform.

The recent municipal Party Congress has outlined three breakthroughs to be made in the new tenure, focusing on administrative reform and investment climate improvement, he said.

The city administration is set to hold more dialogues and exchanges with local businesses while increasing budget for trade and investment promotion in major global markets and supporting loan interest rate in order to assist the development of businesses.

The connectivity between banks and enterprises will be maintained and promoted to ensure stable capital access for business production, the Chairman said.

He reiterated that the municipal authorities will create the best possible conditions for all businesses which are operating or plan to invest in the city.

It was reported at a recent meeting that Hanoi’s gross regional domestic product (GRDP) rose 9.3 percent in 2015, the highest level over the past four years.

The city's index industrial production increased by 8.05 percent over the same period last year.

Commodity prices are kept under control. The total retail revenue of goods and services increased 11.7 percent.

Export turnover was calculated to rise 2.5 percent to 11.4 billion USD, and the consumer price index was estimated to climb 1 percent.

The capital has so far welcomed nearly 2.24 million international tourists, a year-on-year rise of 9.6 percent.

The city strives to record a gross regional domestic product (GRDP) growth of between 8.5 percent and 9 percent, and a GRDP per capita ranging from 85 million and 87 million VND (3,772-3,861 USD) in 2016.-VNA