PM assigns socio-economic targets to ministries hinh anh 1Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Prime Minister has assigned specific socio-economic targets in 2017 to five ministries, with the Ministry of Planning and Investment tasked to strive for a 6.7-percent GDP growth and a 4-percent inflation.

The ministry is also asked to raise total social investment to about 31.5 percent of GDP, while ensuring 87 percent of operational industrial parks and export processing zones have concentrated wastewater treatment systems meeting standards.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will have to raise forest coverage to 41.45 percent in 2017.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade is requested to boost total export value by 6-7 percent, while keeping trade deficit at about 3.5 percent of the total trade revenue. Another task is to reduce energy consumption per GDP unit by 1.5 percent compared to that of 2016.

At the same time, the PM requested the Ministry of Health to ensure 25.5 beds in hospitals are ready for every 10,000 people, and raise the health insurance coverage to 82.2 percent of the population.

Major 2017 goals assigned to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs include reducing the poverty ratio according to the multidimensional poverty standards by 1-1.5 percent and 4 percent in poor district. The ministry is urged to bring the unemployment rate in urban areas down to under 4 percent, and raise the percentage of trained labourers to 55-57 percent.

Ministries, ministry-level agencies, central agencies, State-owned economic groups and corporations are asked to update relevant agencies of socio-economic development targets before December 31, 2016./.