HCM City sets development goals for 2020 hinh anh 1Traffic congestion on the Binh Trieu Bridge leading to the Eastern Coach Station in District 9 in HCM City. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – This year, Ho Chi Minh City will continue to restructure the economy, improve competitiveness and labour productivity, and meet the city’s State budget target as set by the Government.

Speaking at a meeting on January 6, Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said the city last year maintained strong growth and would continue this year to implement major projects, including the smart city plan and the creative urban area in the city’s eastern part (Districts 2 and 9).

A pilot project to develop an urban administrative model for more efficient governance will also be launched, he said.

The city will also focus on significant problems such as traffic congestion, traffic accidents, flooding, and environmental pollution, as well as climate-change adaptation and training of high-quality human resources, he added.

Last year, most of the city’s key economic sectors, especially the service sector, grew significantly compared to 2018, he said. “The city also managed to resolve complaints of residents in many areas.”

The city’s labour productivity in 2019 was nearly three times that of the whole country (299.8 million VND per person, an increase of 6.8 percent over 2018), Phong said, adding that the city’s budget revenue exceeded 3.3 percent of the target for the year.

In addition, the implementation of National Assembly's Resolution 54, which gives more autonomy to the city to speed up development, saw positive results in 2019.

The city’s gross regional domestic product (GRDP) in 2019 reached more than 1.34 quadrillion VND, an 8.32 percent increase year-on-year, he added.

Ho Chi Minh City has set a target of achieving a growth rate of 8.5 percent for GRDP in 2020, with total private investment accounting for 35 percent of GRDP.

This year, the city also aims to create 44,000 new businesses, creating 135,000 new jobs.

The total number of international visitors to the city reached 8.5 million in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 14 percent with sales up by 14.5 percent over 2018, according to Phong.

In addition, the city in 2019 attracted 8.3 billion USD worth of foreign investment.

Ho Chi Minh City has also set a target in 2020 to achieve 100 percent of budget revenue set by the Government, which is one of its major goals for this year.

Also speaking at the meeting, Le Ngoc Thuy Trang, Deputy Director of the city’s Department of Finance, said the Government this year set a target of budget revenue collection for the city of 405.8 trillion VND (17.55 billion USD), up 1.68 percent compared to 2019, accounting for 26.5 percent of the country’s total budget revenue.

Of the figure, domestic budget revenue would be 278.6 trillion VND, up 2.3 percent compared to the estimate in 2019.

To achieve the goal, the city will improve corporate financial management, accelerate the equitisation and divestment of SOEs, and closely monitor tax collection from enterprises.

The city will also use the revenue from the transfer of land-use rights as well as transfer of State-owned houses and land.

It will also focus on recovering and auctioning the land that investors have not used to prevent wastefulness.

According to Trang, to improve the use of the State budget, the city needs to restructure the operation of State-owned enterprises and call for more private investment.

Trang proposed that the city review all investment projects and focus on urgent projects, which should be submitted to the city People’s Committee to arrange for capital.

The city will also focus on accelerating the progress of ODA (official development assistance) projects in the city./.