Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked for taking businesses and people as the centre for development during a national conference between the Government and localities that closed in Hanoi on December 28.

He urged Government members and local authorities to listen to public feedback to promptly deal with issues.

As the year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s Testament, the PM said the legal system, theoretical work and organisation must serve the aspiration for national prosperity so that the country will not be left behind in Asia, or even in the world.

Government members and local authorities were asked to hold responsibility for the people and country, fix existing shortcomings and hold regular dialogues with the public.

According to the leader, the economy’s resilience to regional and global changes remains weak while bureaucracy and corruption have eroded public trust. Residents in disaster-hit areas still face difficulties; social vices, school violence and shark loans need to be strictly dealt with.

While many localities successfully raised capital, others posted poor provincial competitiveness index, especially in terms of administration appraisal. Several localities are yet to seriously follow regulations on citizens’ reception, he said.

PM Phuc added that on January 1, 2019, the Government will sign its Resolution No.01 detailing major tasks to realise the socio-economic development plan and State budget 2019 and Resolution No.02 on improving business environment and national competitiveness in 2019 with orientations to 2021.

A resolution on investment in build-transfer model will also be signed on December 29, he said.

The Minister of Home Affairs was assigned to work with relevant ministries to submit a plan to the Government on the continued decentralization of power to Ho Chi Minh City and localities.

The PM also called for attention to combating corruption, strengthening measures to prevent goods hoarding and smuggling ahead of the coming Lunar New Year festival.-VNA