Hanoi should become one of East Asian centres by 2045: PM hinh anh 1Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the “Hanoi 2020 – Investment & Development Cooperation” conference on June 27 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – By 2045, when Vietnam becomes a developed country, Hanoi must have developed into one of the political, economic and cultural centres in East Asia, according to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

He made the remark on June 27 while addressing the “Hanoi 2020 – Investment & Development Cooperation” conference that aimed to promote post-COVID-19 economic recovery and development in the capital city.

The event was attended by more than 1,200 domestic and foreign businesses, along with representatives of ministries, central agencies, foreign diplomatic agencies, and international organisations.

In his opening remarks, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue said the conference looked to press on with administrative reforms and stronger improvement of the local business climate and competitiveness so that Hanoi can achieve as high as possible socio-economic results, with its gross regional domestic product growth 1.3 times faster than the whole country’s gross domestic product expansion, and the budget revenue target of 285 trillion VND (nearly 12.3 billion USD) this year.

Highly valuing the conference, PM Phuc said the event was a demonstration of the capital city and the whole country’s achievement in bringing COVID-19 under control, preventing a disruption to the economy, and overcoming difficulties to promote production and business activities and guarantee social security.

He noted Hanoi authorities have actively dialogued with and created optimal conditions for all economic sectors to develop, noting that thanks to their dynamism, the city has attracted a number of foreign-invested and large-scaled projects.

With its new stature, Hanoi now should not merely be the political, economic and cultural centre of Vietnam but one of the centres in Southeast Asia, and by 2045, among such hubs in East Asia, he said, adding that the target for Hanoi at present is no longer to compete with other Vietnamese localities but with other cities in the region like Bangkok, Jakarta, Shanghai, and Manila.

To do so, the PM noted, Hanoi needs to have good institutional quality and capitalise on existing special mechanisms for it, especially the National Assembly’s recent resolution on piloting some specific financial and budgetary mechanisms and policies for the capital.

The city should also make full use of opportunities and be more proactive to seek new development models and engage in global value chains. Besides, it needs to maximise the geo-political and economic advantages of Vietnam and the Capital Region, while cooperating with other localities and consider them partners for common development as each of them has specific advantages, according to PM Phuc.

The Government leader noted that Hanoi needs to have its own “strategic shareholders, good businesses, rich people, talented people”, especially sci-tech companies and high-quality human resources.

He also asked the city to create a competitive and institutionally efficient and effective economy and become a liveable capital city.

Pointing out chances for the city, PM Phuc requested Hanoi to resolve serious consequences caused by the coronavirus outbreak while nurturing the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit by creating an optimal environment for new ideas and innovations.

Local per capita income has approximated 5,500 USD each year, and if the average annual growth rate of 9 percent is sustained, Hanoi will be able to become a high-income locality by 2030, 15 years ahead of the similar target for Vietnam, he added.

At the conference, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung announced 282 projects worth 483.1 trillion VND that his city is inviting investment to.

Authorities also presented investment certificates to 229 projects worth 405.57 trillion VND, including those on housing – urban development, tourism – services, industrial park development, office building, culture – society, and finance – banking.

Municipal leaders and investors signed 38 memoranda of understanding with total investment expected at about 28.6 billion USD, including 26 proposals by domestic investors and 12 others by foreign ones./.