Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on November 21 presented a report to make clear emerging issues gathered from Q&A sessions by ministers and heads of sectors while answering deputies’ queries at the ongoing sixth session of the 13th National Assembly (NA).

In the report, he gave further explanations on the socio-economic situation and the management leadership of the 2014 socio-economic development plan.

PM Dung said in October and November, the socio-economic situation recorded positive changes with the macro economy improved and inflation controlled. Consumer price indexes rose 0.49 percent in October and 0.4 percent in November. Industrial production continued to recover and 1.4 million jobs were generated (88 percent of the yearly plan).

“The above achievements will create favourable conditions for us to strive for the fulfilment of the objectives and targets that the Government had reported to the National Assembly at its opening session,” he stressed.

To meet the 2013 plan, the PM called for more efforts to promote recorded outcomes and consistently carry out set solutions.

Regarding the leadership of the management and operation of the 2014 socio-economic development plan, he emphasised the need to achieve inflation control, macroeconomic stability and appropriate growth.

The Government will synchronously and effectively direct fiscal and monetary policies and prices of State-regulated goods and services to support production and business, curb inflation, maintain macroeconomic stability in the short and medium terms, he said.

According to the report, the country’s public debt is at a safe limit. He affirmed that the Government will instruct the synchronous implementation of solutions to deal with bad debts.

On public investment restructuring, he said work continues to be carried out in medium-term investment, raising the effectiveness of public investment and avoiding extensive, wasteful investment.

On State-owned enterprise (SOE) restructuring, the Government is working hard to overcome shortcomings and raise the effectiveness of SOE operations.

The application of advanced science-technology in agriculture and the formation of value chains will be encouraged, PM Dung said, stressing that solutions will be taken synchronously to realise the project to restructure agriculture and build new-style rural areas.

Regarding reservoirs, he said the Government has asked relevant sectors and branches to strengthen safety inspections and the responsibility of investors in providing maintenance and upgrades. For the 2014-2015 period, capital allocation for upgrading and repairing at-risk reservoirs will be reviewed.

In the report, PM Dung also mentioned social issues, including poverty reduction in ethnic group-inhabited areas, hospital overcrowding and medical ethics.

Answering questions on the stagnant issuance of guidance documents for the enforcement of laws and ordinances, PM Dung affirmed that building such documents is the Government’s key task.

Since 2012, the Government has worked to fix the slow promulgation of guidance documents, he said, however, admitting that the situation needs to quickly be addressed.

This year, the Government has to issue 129 documents for the enforcement of 38 laws and ordinances. Only 19 papers have yet been finished, he said, pledging to fulfil the task by the end of the year.

Regarding questions on the management of hydropower projects, he affirmed the Government has carried out a tight appraisal and management process for working and near-operational works to ensure socio-economic effectiveness, environmental protection and safety.

Concluding the session, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung stressed that the issues selected for the Q&A sessions need to be promptly solved.

He commented on the sessions, saying that ministers, heads of sectors and deputies were frank about what have yet been done and worked together in seeking proper solutions to the situation.-VNA