Housing blocks for workers of the Samsung mobile phone factory in Thai Nguyen province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has ordered the construction sector to make significant breakthroughs in the development of the affordable housing segment as its supply is increasingly scarce, while the demand for such housing is on the rise.

He made the statement while attending a conference held by the Ministry of Construction on January 4 to implement the ministry’s tasks for 2019.

Dung asked the ministry to focus all resources on completing current institutions, creating favourable investment climate, and improving the quality of urban areas and building materials.

The ministry should join hands with competent authorities to outline rational plans to process cinder for building material production, he said, adding that it has a huge impact on national energy security and the environment.

Touching on the management and development of urban areas, industrial parks, and economic zones, Dung said that the ministry must pay due attention to reducing population density in the inner city, as well as reviewing housing development plans and mid- and long-term plans to grant investment licences.

According to Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung, the production value of the sector grew 9.2 percent in 2018. More than 41 percent of the 215 business conditions were trimmed, and 47.3 percent were simplified.

In 2018, the ministry completed three bills, namely the architecture law, the urban development management law, the law on amendments and supplements to several articles of the construction law, the housing law, the real estate business law, and the urban planning law.

Hung added that in 2018 the ministry effectively implemented measures to improve state management in investment and administrative procedures to facilitate conditions for both people and enterprises. –VNA