Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Duong Thai has granted an interview to the Hai Duong Newspaper on the occasion of the new year.
Mr. Nguyen Duong Thai, Deputy Secretary of the Hai Duong Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, Head of the Provincial Delegation of National Assembly Deputies, and other National Assembly deputies during a voter communication session in Kinh Mon provincial town
On the occasion of the new year 2020, Mr. Nguyen Duong Thai, Deputy Secretary of the Hai Duong Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, Head of the Provincial Delegation of National Assembly Deputies, has granted an interview to reporters of the Hai Duong Newspaper.
- The year 2019 saw many unfavorable factors but also recorded efforts of the provincial officials and civilians. What are remarkable results of our province in realizing socio-economic development tasks?
- Our province encountered a lot of difficulties and challenges in 2019, especially the direct impact of African swine fever on production, business, and life of people and enterprises.
Nevertheless, thanks to the initiative and high political determination of Party committees and authorities at all levels in leadership, direction, and administration, especially the response and consensus of people from all walks of life in our province and the active participation of the business community, our province continued to achieve fairly comprehensive results in all fields of economy and society.
Our province's gross regional domestic product (GRDP) was estimated to increase by 8.6% compared to 2018 (planned to rise by 8.5%). The total value of agricultural, forestry, and fishery production was estimated to reach VND17,859 billion, down 2.4%.
The new-style rural building movement continued to be intensively and extensively implemented by localities. 201 out of 220 communes in our province (before arrangement and mergence) were recognized to meet new-style rural standards, accounting for 91.4%.
Thanh Mien, Gia Loc, Nam Sach, and Binh Giang districts are completing procedures to request recognition of new-style rural standard satisfaction while Hai Duong city has accomplished the task of new-style rural building.
Industrial production value was estimated at VND233,909 billion, 12.7% higher than planned and up 12.8%.
In urban construction and development, our province achieved remarkable results. Hai Duong city was recognized as a 1st-class urban area while Chi Linh and Kinh Mon became a city and a provincial town, respectively.
Budget revenue continued to be high and met the plan two months in advance.
The total budget revenue was estimated at VND19,231 billion, 29.2% higher than expected and up 12.5%. In which, domestic revenue was estimated at VND15,481 billion, 28.3% higher than expected and up 12.9%. Foreign direct investment was as high as USD790.3 million, an increase of 27.8%.
Administrative reform, the improvement of the business and investment environment, and apparatus arrangement saw positive changes.
193 public service delivery units in our province were consolidated and merged into 83 units, 315 hamlets and residential areas were arranged and merged, 10 hamlets were divided, 178 new hamlets and residential areas were established (down 135 hamlets and residential areas), commune-level administrative units were arranged, the administrative boundaries of Hai Duong city were expanded, etc.
The socio-cultural field saw much progress. The quality of comprehensive education was maintained. 72 preschools, primary schools, and junior high schools in the province were merged to establish 36 schools (down 36 ones).
Social security policies were well implemented. People's lives and jobs were basically stable. Political security, social order and safety, national defense, and security were strengthened.
- Frankly, there remain unfulfilled targets. Can you tell us the root cause?
- In direction and administration of socio-economic development, there are some unfulfilled targets, regarding export value, the number of newly-registered businesses, poverty reduction, and the rate of health insurance coverage.
There are many reasons, but the root one is the asynchronism and inconsistence of mechanisms and policies. Some procedures are still cumbersome, overlapping, and asynchronous, requiring many agencies to engage in processing, resulting in confused execution at levels and in sectors and localities. Several legal provisions are still asynchronous with the arising of numerous administrative procedures.
The weather was not favorable for agricultural production, and African swine fever broke out on a large scale, forcing the majority of pigs to be destroyed, affecting people and enterprises.
The realization of e-government in our province faced a lot of difficulties. The usage rate of online public services at levels 3 and 4 were still low and failed to meet the set requirements.
A number of agencies and units were not fully aware of the role and importance of developing information technology infrastructure and applying information technology, leading to inadequate direction and administration.
District, city, and provincial town authorities did not quickly and drastically review, guide, and urge business households to turn into enterprises.
Numerous cooperatives did not operate effectively and accumulated little capital. Not many cooperatives formed links in production and underwriting.
The provincial industrial production value rose by 10.2% in 2019
- This year, we will simultaneously organize Party Congresses at all levels and realize socio-economic development tasks. What should be done to fulfill both these major missions?
- 2020 is of great importance since it is the last year to carry out the Five-year Socio-economic Development Plan (2016 – 2020) and the year Party Congresses at all levels will be conducted towards the 13th National Party Congress.
Our provincial authorities have defined the common goals of continuing to promote economic restructuring and strive to fulfill and overfulfill the socio-economic targets in the resolution of the 16th Provincial Party Congress; focusing on improving the investment environment and the provincial competitiveness and intensifying the attraction of capital sources for development; well implementing social security policies; enhancing the efficiency of exploiting and using resources in combination with protecting the environment; and maintaining political stability, ensuring social order and safety, and consolidating national defense and local military.
Regarding specific targets, our provincial authorities will endeavor to fulfill and overfulfill all 16 set norms. Especially, the economic growth rate is targeted to reach at least 8.5%.
To fulfill the above objectives, apart from well implementing the set tasks and measures, on the basis of assessing results and, at the same time, identifying problems, limitations, and weaknesses in direction and administration in 2019, the Provincial People's Committee is determined to well realize eight following key tasks in direction and administration in 2020:
- Working out action plans and programs to organize implementation based on the objectives and tasks in resolutions and directives of Central and provincial authorities, especially the resolution on the socio-economic development plan and estimates for the State budget in 2020;
- Directing departments, sectors, and local authorities to provide information to serve the compilation of documents of Party Congresses at all levels and prepare necessary conditions to ensure successful organization of the congresses;
- Focusing on directing the making of Hai Duong Provincial Planning task for the 2021 – 2030 period with a vision to 2045 as a basis to devise the Provincial Planning in accordance with the 2017 Planning Law and, at the same time, to serve as a basis to call for investment and work out a socio-economic development plan for our province in the subsequent period;
- Continuing to implement strict fiscal policies and strengthening budget discipline; focusing on preventing revenue loss, tax evasion, transfer pricing, and prolonged tax arrears; ensuring economical and effective budget spending in accordance with the assigned budget estimate and saving recurrent expenditure to reserve resources for development; and associating State budget restructuring with appropriate organizational arrangement, streamlining, and innovation of the public non-business sector with priority given to reserving resources for salary reform and social security policies;
- Focusing on reviewing and removing difficulties in production and business; shortening the time needed to process procedures, especially administrative procedures in the fields of investment, construction, planning, land, and environment; limiting market intervention; strictly following the direction of inspecting enterprises no more than once a year; concentrating on assisting small- and medium-sized enterprises with development and fostering the development of the startup ecosystem; and promoting online bidding, accelerating the settlement of key projects and works in the locality, and proactively creating clean grounds to auction land use rights.
- Continuing to consolidate and closely combine socio-economic development with environmental protection; intensifying security and crime prevention and fighting, especially criminal crime; strengthening fire and explosion prevention and fighting; and minimizing traffic accidents.
- Proactively disseminating and explaining policies, considering this an important measure to bring policies to life, and creating favorable conditions for people and businesses to access information and participate in dialogues to clarify policies and create consensus in implementation; and
- Enhancing coordination among the Provincial People's Committee, the Provincial People's Council, the Provincial Fatherland Front Committee, unions, the masses, and the business community to bring into full play general strength in the process of realizing political, socio-economic, security, and defense tasks.
On the occasion of the new year, through the Hai Duong Newspaper, I would like to wish all civilians, officials, soldiers, and the business community in our province many new successes in the new year.
- Thank you!
Socio-economic development achievements in 2019 and goals for 2020
Achievements in 2019
- GRDP rose by 8.6% over 2018 (planned to rise by at least 8.5%).
- Industrial production value was estimated at VND233,909 billion, 12.7% higher than planned and up 12.8% against 2018.
- The total export value amounted to USD7,596 million, exceeding the plan by 2.3% and increasing by 12.4% compared to 2018.
- The total State budget revenue was estimated at VND19,231 billion, 29.2% higher than expected and up 12.5% over 2018.
- Foreign investment reached USD790.3 million, an increase of 27.8% against 2019.
- By the end of 2019, 201 out of 220 communes in the province (before arrangement and mergence) had been recognized to meet new-style rural standards, accounting for 91.4% (more than 30% higher than the target set by the 16th Provincial Party Congress in the 2015 – 2020 tenure), and eight district-level units had completed new-style rural building.
- Urban construction and development achieved remarkable results: Hai Duong city was recognized as a 1st-class urban area while Chi Linh and Kinh Mon became a city and a provincial town, respectively.
- 35,700 laborers got new jobs, exceeding the plan.
- The provincial poverty rate fell to 1.9%, down 0.63% compared to 2018.
- The percentage of the population covered by health insurance completed 87.6% of the plan.
- 193 public service delivery units were merged and consolidated into 83 ones. 315 hamlets and residential areas were arranged and merged, 10 hamlets were divided, 178 new hamlets and residential areas were established (down 135 hamlets and residential areas), and 55 commune-level administrative units were merged into 25 ones.
Goals for 2020
- GRDP will increase by at least 8.5%.
- Investment in development will account for 35% of GRDP.
- Export value will rise by 14.5% or more.
- Domestic budget revenue will amount to VND13,645 billion, up 13.1% over the estimate for 2019.
- The value of products harvested from 1 ha of arable and/or aquaculture land will reach VND153 million.
- All communes will be recognized as new-style rural ones.
- At least 2,500 new enterprises will register for establishment.
- 35,000 laborers will be provided with new jobs.
- The rate of trained laborers will reach 75%.
- By the end of 2020, there will have been 31.9 sickbeds/ 10,000 people (excluding commune health stations).
- The rate of underweight children under 5 years old will fall to 10.2%.
- Poverty and near-poverty rates will reduce to 0.2% and 0.5%, respectively.
- The rate of health insurance coverage will reach 91%.
- Cultural villages and residential areas will account for 92.5%.
- 99% of households will get access to clean water.
- 93% of urban solid waste will be collected and treated.