The Government will do its utmost to keep Consumer Price Index (CPI) at around 8 percent this year as set in the National Assembly’s Resolution.

Minister and Head of the Government Office Vu Duc Dam made the statement at a press briefing in Hanoi on January 29 following the Cabinet’s regular monthly meeting the same day.

He added that despite January’s CPI rose by 1.25 percent against the previous month, signs signalling the index to climb up again are yet spotted.

Regarding measures to rescue the real estate market, Dam stressed that since early 2012, the Government instructed the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) to examine operations of businesses involved in real estate and the Ministry of Construction to assess real estate market health.

He confirmed the measures taken were developed on the results of those assessments and surveys as well as recommendations from authorised agencies, localities, banks and related associations.

Dam stated the Government always gives priority to ensuring the interests of those with difficulties, especially the poor who cannot afford an apartment.

At the Government’s meeting, the MPI reported that more than 3,830 enterprises have been newly established with a total registered capital of more than 15.9 trillion VND (757 million USD) from January 1-20.

Export turnover hit 10.1 billion USD, up 43.2 percent over the same period last year. More than 130,000 jobs have been created this month, about 7,000 of them overseas.-VNA