VCN – On the evening of April 4, at the regular Government press conference in March, Minister, Chairman of the Government Office Tran Van Son, Government spokesman said that members of the Government assessed the socio-economic situation in the first quarter was prosperous in most fields.
|Representatives of ministries and agencies answered questions at the press conference. Photo: H.Dieu|
At the press conference, Mr. Tran Van Son reported on the results of the regular Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on the morning of the same day.
The Government’s members considered and discussed the socio-economic situation in March and the first quarter of 2022; additional assessment of the results of the implementation of the socio-economic development plan in 2021; the prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic; the project of the Law on Medical Examination and Treatment (amended); the project of the Law on Industrial Development; the draft Law on management and use of state capital invested in production and business at enterprises (amended) and other important contents.
Regarding pandemic prevention and control, Government members agreed that the pandemic has been controlled with the number of new cases and deaths dropping since the end of March, clearly showing the effectiveness of pandemic prevention and control measures.
However, the pandemic situation in the world continues to be complicated and new mutations are likely to appear, the Government spokesman said the Prime Minister asked ministries, agencies and localities to always be ready, proactive and prepare response plans, ensuring effective control; and focus on the vaccination strategy, especially for children from five to under 12 years old.
Regarding socio-economic development, according to the Chairman of the Government Office, the Government’s members said that the socio-economic situation in the first quarter was prosperous in most fields with the fastest growth ever from 2020 to date, approaching the pre-pandemic growth rate, creating confidence for people, businesses and international partners and investors.
Besides the achieved results, the Government members said that there are still many difficulties and challenges. The pandemic continues to be complicated, and the major balances still have potential risks; inflation pressure increases; input prices increased, especially gasoline prices; climate change, natural disasters, unseasonal floods and complicated criminal activities, especially in the fields of securities, real estate, high-tech crime.
Therefore, the Government spokesman said the Prime Minister has asked ministries, Government agencies and local agencies to strengthen administrative discipline; keep to the principle of action, and based on practical developments to be proactive, flexible and creative in management and guidance.
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At the same time, ministries and agencies need to continue to maintain macroeconomic stability and control inflation, proactively and flexibly manage monetary and fiscal policies, strengthen financial – state budget discipline, minimize recurrent expenditures, effectively implement policies to reduce lending interest rates for enterprises, cooperatives and business households and extend tax payment deadlines.
By Huong Diu/ Huyen Trang