The Hanoi economy is picking up steam in almost areas with its gross domestic product for this year estimated at 8.8 percent, still within the target of 8.5-9 percent.

Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vu Hong Khanh told the 11th session of the Hanoi People’s Council in the capital city on December 2 that revenue to the State budget is forecast to reach over 128.9 trillion VND (6.1 billion USD) this year, or 102.1 percent of the original goal while expenditure is expected to cost more than 51.1 trillion VND (2.4 billion USD).

Addressing the event, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi pointed out shortcomings in personnel and environment management, and asked for clearing obstacles facing enterprises and dealing with complaints at the grass-root level.

Participants also reflected on the city’s 2014 socio-economic performance, national defence-security and development orientations for 2015.

Concluding the session, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, National Assembly Vice Chairwoman, asked Hanoi to step up the pace of administrative reform and listen to thoughts and aspirations of its local community.-VNA