Economic growth target kept unchanged for 2023: PM
The Government will not change the growth target of 6.5 percent for 2023 and strive to reach an economic expansion of about 9 percent in the rest of the year, stated Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at a cabinet meeting in Hanoi on August 5.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at the meeting__Photo: VNA/VLLF

The Government will not change the growth target of 6.5 percent for 2023 and strive to reach an economic expansion of about 9 percent in the rest of the year, stated Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at a cabinet meeting in Hanoi on August 5.

PM Chinh said that amid various challenges both inside the country and from the outside, along with the Government's efforts, all-level authorities, sectors, the whole political system, all people and businesses have joined hands for better performance in all fields.

As a result, the macro-economic situation has been kept stable, while inflation has been reined in, development has been promoted, and people's living conditions have been improved.

International organizations have given positive forecasts on the Vietnamese economic outlook even amid the difficult world situation, he said, noting that Vietnam also leaped four places in the 2023 Global Peace Index.

However, he also pointed to a number of problems and risks for the economy in the rest of the year.

After analyzing reasons behind the problems and drawing lessons, the Government leader underlined the need to consistently implement the targets set in the resolution of the 13th National Party Congress as well as resolutions and conclusions of the Party Central Committee, the Politburo, the National Assembly and the Government.

It is necessary to prioritize the removal of difficulties facing business and production activities, promoting growth in association with ensuring macro-economic stability and controlling inflation, enhancing people's living conditions, and managing public debts, government debts and budget over-expense, he stressed.

He underlined the need to ensure harmony and balance between interest rates and exchange rates, between growth and inflation, supply and demand, and between monetary policy and fiscal policy, while keeping a close eye on the situation inside and outside the country for timely policy response.

He asked relevant agencies to review policies and give suitable solutions to promote the three growth motivations of consumption, investment and export.

Along with speeding up the implementation of resolutions on the development of regions and strengthening the operations of the regional coordination council as well as 26 Government working groups, it is crucial to respond to requests of localities through regular meeting mechanisms, he requested.

The PM asked for efforts to deal with problems in the real estate and Government bond markets, along with drastic measures to speed up public investment capital as well as the implementation of the socio-economic recovery and development program and the three national target programs.

He ordered stronger administrative reform and solutions to fight corruption, controlling natural disasters and ensuring political security, defense and social order and safety.

Alongside, it is necessary to expand external relations activities in both bilateral and multilateral aspects, he said.

He assigned specific tasks to particular ministries, sectors and localities in the time to come, reminding them to make good preparations for the upcoming new school year.

Participants noted that in July, the socio-economic situation was improved compared to the previous month, contributing to the country’s performance in the first seven months.

So far, the macro-economic situation has remained stable, while inflation has been controlled. In the first seven months, the average consumer price index (CPI) increased 3.12 percent, while all the major economic balances were ensured.

State budget collection exceeded VND 1 quadrillion (USD 42.13 billion), equivalent to 62.7 percent of the estimate. Meanwhile, the country’s exports fetched USD 195.4 billion, with a trade surplus of USD 16.5 billion.

In July, the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) rose 3.9 percent month on month and 3.7 percent year on year. Total revenue from retail of goods and services increased 7.1 percent year on year in July and 10.4 percent in seven months.

At the same time, the country welcomed more than 1 million foreign visitors in July and 6.6 million in the January-July period, 6.9 times higher than that in the same period last year.

In seven months, VND 267.63 trillion of public investment capital was disbursed, completing 37.85 percent of the yearly target, 3.38 percent increase year on year. Meanwhile, the country attracted nearly USD 16.24 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI), up 4.5 percent.

In July, 13,700 new businesses were established, raising the total number of new firms to 131,900 in seven months.

Social welfare, security and defense were also kept stable.

To date, nearly VND 93.8 trillion of the socio-economic recovery and development program has been disbursed. Requests of localities have also been responded to in a timely manner.- (VNA/VLLF)

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