Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City should take notice of seven key issues necessary for maintaining its leading role in Vietnam’s development and turning the city into a comprehensive hub in Southeast Asia.
Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, made the statement while attending the 10th Congress of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee on Wednesday, which was the opening day.
The grand meeting, which will conclude on Saturday, is set to review the implementation of political and socio-economic development tasks during the 2010-15 period and outline orientations for the next five-year term.
At the event yesterday, Politburo member and Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Le Thanh Hai delivered a report saying that over the past five years, the city has basically fulfilled its set targets, achieving an annual GDP growth rate of 9.6 percent, 1.66 times higher than the country’s average, and a per capita GDP increase of 12 percent each year, which has reached US$5,538 this year.
He also provided the participants with a lot of information on other achievements the southern metropolis has gained during the past five years, as well as on the weaknesses the city needs to overcome.
Addressing the meeting, General Secretary Trong praised the city’s efforts and achievements in the past five years.
He also advised that city officials pay attention to the seven following issues to continue making Ho Chi Minh City the driving force of the country’s socio-economic development and turn it into an economic, financial, commercial, scientific, and technological epicenter in Southeast Asia.
Firstly, the city must strengthen its creativity while clearing existent hindrances to continue logging growth that is higher than the country’s average.
Secondly, the municipal administration should actively cooperate with other provinces and cities in the south’s key economic region, as well as in other areas, for the development of both the city and other locales.
Thirdly, city officials need to improve their performance in planning and constructing urban infrastructure works, especially those for traffic systems.
Also, local authorities should take measures to ease flooding caused by heavy rain, connect the city’s traffic systems with other localities’, and build modern and civilized urban zones.
Fourthly, the local government should improve the quality of education and training and develop human resources, especially those with high quality, while enhancing living conditions and health care for local residents.
Fifthly, Ho Chi Minh City should deliver a better performance in its duties to ensure defense and security, and maintain political stability and social order and safety.
Sixthly, local authorities are advised to keep building a pure and strong Party organization, shore up the management efficiency of governments at all levels, and strengthen and supervise the fight against corruption, bureaucracy and wastefulness.
Lastly, the city should adopt policies for the sake of the people, promote the strength of their solidarity, promote patriotism among them, and mobilize all resources to fulfill its political tasks.