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NA standing committee reviews budget allocation for national target programmes

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National Assembly Deputy Chairman Nguyễn Đức Hải speaking at the session. — VNA/ Photo Doãn Tấn

HÀ NỘI — The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on Friday reviewed the central budget allocation for the 2021-25 period, and the year 2022 in particular, for the implementation of national target programmes (NTPs). 

These three programmes focus on socio-economic development in ethnic minority and mountainous areas, new rural development, and sustainable poverty reduction. 

In the meeting, the NA Committee for Finance and Budget approved the Government’s proposal to allocate VNĐ100 trillion (US$4.3 billion) to the medium-term public investment capital for the 2021-25 period. 

A majority of the committee members also agreed that the proposal, which excluded the non-business capital allocation, went in line with the Law on Public Investment and Law on State Budget. 

This budget approval will be the basis for ministries, departments, and localities to determine annual public investment estimates for the three national target programmes.

In the Government’s document, it is also noted that VNĐ5 trillion ($216.5 million) of the total VNĐ100 trillion has not yet been allocated. This amount is planned for several specific projects, programmes and tasks that have not yet been approved. 

Regarding the central budget allocation in 2022, the total capital for the three NTPs is VNĐ34 trillion ($1.47 billion). The Government suggested that only VNĐ33.4 trillion ($1.42 billion) be allocated to the central budget plan in 2022, while the remaining VNĐ665 billion ($28.8 million) will be up to the Government to decide. 

Feasibility, principles, criteria  

The finance and budget committee agreed with the plan, noting that the Prime Minister has approved the feasibility study, principles and criteria regarding the central budget allocation for the NTPs, which act as the legal basis for implementation. 

The committee also requested the Government to allocate the entire planned capital for the three NTPs in 2022. The plan will be submitted to the NA Standing Committee for review and approval according to the rules.

The Government is also expected to explain and report to the finance and budget committee on allocating the medium-term capital of VNĐ95 trillion to ministries, central departments and localities for the implementation of NTPs, in accordance with the laws. 

For the VNĐ5 trillion that is not yet allocated, legal documents are also expected to be completed in the future for review and approval. 

In concluding the session, NA Deputy Chairman Nguyễn Đức Hải set out the direction for central budget allocation for 2021-2025 and for the year 2022. The NA Committee for Finance and Budget is also assigned with assessing data to plan for budget allocation, emphasising order of priority and focus. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1191158/na-standing-committee-reviews-budget-allocation-for-national-target-programmes.html

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1,319 new COVID-19 transmissions reported on Sunday

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A boy is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Hà Nội. — VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam reported 1,319 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, bringing the national total to 10,708,887.

Hà Nội again topped the list of new transmissions with 347, followed by the northern province of Bắc Ninh with 138.

The other areas that recorded infections were Vĩnh Phúc (90), Nghệ An (82), Yên Bái (61), Quảng Ninh (58), Tuyên Quang (51), Phú Thọ (50), Hải Dương (40), Thái Nguyên (39), Thái Bình (35), Đà Nẵng (33), Lào Cai (32), Nam Định (21), Hà Tĩnh (19), Quảng Bình (19), Lâm Đồng (19), Bắc Kạn (17), Cao Bằng (17), Hải Phòng (17), Hưng Yên (16), Hà Nam (13), Thanh Hóa (12), HCM City (12), Lạng Sơn (10), Hòa Bình (10), Sơn La (10), Bình Phước (7), Hà Giang (6), Quảng Trị (6), Bình Định (6), Gia Lai (5), Ninh Bình (4), Bến Tre (3), Bình Thuận (3), Bắc Giang (3), Lai Châu (2), Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu (2), Bình Dương (1), Thừa Thiên-Huế (1), Cần Thơ (1) and Hậu Giang (1).

There were no COVID-related deaths on Sunday. The total death toll so far in Việt Nam is 43,075. 

8,945 recoveries were recorded, bringing the total number given the all-clear to 9,402,046 so far. 

There are 211 COVID patients nationwide currently receiving oxygen support, including two on life support.

A total of 36,346 vaccine doses were administered on Sunday. Việt Nam has so far administered more than 219 million doses of COVID vaccines —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194107/1319-new-covid-19-transmissions-reported-on-sunday.html

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Việt Nam reports 1,319 new cases on Sunday

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Việt Nam reports 1,319 new cases on Sunday, all local. The cases are in Hà Nội (347), Bắc Ninh (138), Vĩnh Phúc (90), Nghệ An (82), Yên Bái (61), Quảng Ninh (58), Tuyên Quang (51), Phú Thọ (50), Hải Dương (40), Thái Nguyên (39), Thái Bình (35), Đà Nẵng (33), Lào Cai (32), Nam Định (21), Hà Tĩnh (19), Quảng Bình (19), Lâm Đồng (19), Bắc Kạn (17), Cao Bằng (17), Hải Phòng (17), Hưng Yên (16), Hà Nam (13), Thanh Hóa (12), Hồ Chí Minh (12), Lạng Sơn (10), Hòa Bình (10), Sơn La (10), Bình Phước (7), Hà Giang (6), Quảng Trị (6), Bình Định (6), Gia Lai (5), Ninh Bình (4), Bến Tre (3), Bình Thuận (3), Bắc Giang (3), Lai Châu (2), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (2), Bình Dương (1), Thừa Thiên Huế (1), Cần Thơ (1), Hậu Giang (1).

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Gia Lai should be driving force of Central Highlands by 2030: PM

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Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính meets with top officials of the Party Committee of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai on Sunday. — VNA/ Photo Văn Điệp

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính on Sunday met with leaders of Gia Lai to review the Central Highlands province’s socio-economic development in 2021 and plans for the future.

The meeting took place in Pleiku City, with Government leaders and Gia Lai’s top officials.

The officials reported on the province’s past development and proposed new projects to be approved by the Prime Minister.

Reviewing Gia Lai’s achievements and challenges in 2021, Hồ Văn Niên, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, said they were able to reach the “dual goal” of keeping up economic growth while dealing with COVID-19.

This was illustrated in its Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) increasing by 9.71 per cent compared to 2020, he said. The production value of agriculture, forestry and fishery reached VNĐ49.60 trillion (US$2.14 billion), up 13.99 per cent from 2020.

The province’s competitiveness index (PCI) in 2021 ranked second in the Central Highlands region and 26th nationwide, up 12 places compared to 2020, Nên added.

Its cultural values were preserved and promoted, and the healthcare and education systems were improved for the benefit of the people, especially those living in distant and remote areas.

The official also addressed some development projects that the province would like to carry out in the future. They include the construction of the Peiku–Quy Nhơn Expressway, the Ia Mơ irrigation system, as well as measures to attract official development aid for some other traffic and irrigation projects.

Pleiku City, the capital of Gia Lai Province. The Central Highlands province has a strategic geographical position in the Việt Nam–Laos–Cambodia development triangle area. — VNA/ Photo Phan Nguyên

Speaking at the meeting, PM Chính highlighted the advantages of Gia Lai’s geological location, which is a mountainous province, bordering Cambodia on the west. This is a strategic position in terms of economy, defence and security, the centre of the Việt Nam–Laos–Cambodia Development Triangle Area, he said.

Gia Lai is the second largest province in the country by nature, has a long tradition, rich history, and is full of patriotic residents, the PM added.

“This is a valuable heritage, a fundamental resource for Gia Lai to develop rapidly and sustainably,” he said.

The Government leader applauded the province’s achievements in 2021, but also addressed the challenges it needs to overcome. They include slow disbursements of public investment capital; poor land, mineral resources and forest management; and limited control of social order and safety in some areas. 

He asked Gia Lai to continue to abide by the Resolution of the 13th Party Congress and Resolution of the provincial Party Congress, take advantage of its potential and resources, and strive to become a driving force in the Central Highlands region by 2030.

He also asked the province to focus on implementing the National Assembly’s and Government’s resolutions on COVID-19 prevention and control, and socio-economic recovery and development.

It also needs to accelerate economic restructuring in association with transforming growth models, applying science and technology, promoting innovation, and improving labour productivity, the PM said.

Gia Lai must also be determined to improve the business and investment environment, he stressed, by continuing to upgrade the indicators of administrative reform and competitiveness, promoting digital transformation, and developing quality human resources.

He added that the province needs to strengthen its defence and security capabilities, maintain political security, social order and safety, as well as being proactive in international integration, and improve its relationships with provinces in southern Laos and northeast Cambodia.

The PM gave his approval to the province’s plans for more development projects and asked different sectors to collaborate with Gia Lai authorities to implement them.

“I suggest Gia Lai be more confident and more self-reliant, keep promoting their internal strengths, choose the right things to do, and finish what they start, for a rapid and sustainable development,” he said. 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194063/gia-lai-should-be-driving-force-of-central-highlands-by-2030-pm.html

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