THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
Independent - Freedom - Happiness
Hanoi, October 08, 2021
On the Government’s virtual regular meeting in September, 2021 with localities regarding to the socio-economic situation in September, 2021 and in the first 9 months of 2021
Pursuant to the Law on Organization of the Government dated June 19, 2015; the Law amending and supplementing a number of articles of the Law on Organization of the Government and the Law on Organization of Local Governments dated November 22, 2019;
Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 138/2016/ND-CP dated October 01, 2016 promulgating the working regulation of the Government;
Based on the discussion of the delegates, recommendations of provinces and the conclusion of the Prime Minister at the Government’s regular virtual meeting in September 2021, held on October 02, 2021,
The Government unanimously assessed that: In September, under the close and timely leadership and direction of the Politburo, the Secretariat, and key leaders; the support and companionship of the National Assembly and the National Assembly Standing Committee; the drastic and timely direction and management of the Government and the Prime Minister; along with the dynamism and creativity, radical engagement, closely follow-ups with the situation in the implementation organization of all levels, branches and localities; and the efforts of the entire Party, people and army, the COVID-19 prevention and control continued to witness many positive changes. In general, the pandemic situation was put under control nationwide. There was a noticeable decrease in the rate of infection and death in hotspot areas. Vaccine sources were significantly supplemented, and vaccination was organized more quickly and in a timely manner, especially in key areas. Many localities begun to gradually ease social distancing measures. The socio-economic situation in 9 months of 2021 continued to achieve certain positive results. Macro-economic conditions were stable. Inflation rate was low. Major balances of the economy were guaranteed. Although economic growth in the third quarter decreased due to social distancing in many localities, including major economic centers, in 9 months overall, the economy still maintained a growth rate of 1.42%. The consumer price index (CPI) increased by 1.82% over the same period. Currency and foreign exchange markets were stable. Credit in the first 9 months increased by 7.39%; loan interest rates were lower than before. Budget revenue in 9 months reached nearly 81% of the estimate, up 9.2% over the same period in 2020. Total newly registered FDI capital in 9 months increased by 22.3% over the same period. Agricultural production was relatively stable, food security was guaranteed. Many localities made earnest efforts and determination and achieved important results in epidemic prevention and control as well as socio-economic recovery and development, contributing to the overall results of the whole country.
Institutional reform continued to be focused; many mechanisms and policies were promptly revised, supplemented, and promulgated to ensure social security, support people, employees and employers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Measures were actively implemented to respond to, prevent and control natural disasters. Culture and society continued to receive due attention. The opening of the new school year was organized in a flexible, practical, and safe manner, in accordance with the pandemic situation. Both national defense and security were maintained. Social order and safety were guaranteed. Foreign affairs, especially vaccine diplomacy, achieved many important results. Information and communication were promoted, contributing to creating social consensus and strengthening the people's trust in the Party and the State.
However, due to the severe impact of the fourth wave of COVID-19 caused by the Delta variant, economic growth in the third quarter of 2021 decreased in most industries, fields, and localities, especially in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and some localities in the key southern economic region. Production, business, and goods circulation stalled at some points of time and in some places; costs rose; domestic competitiveness and purchasing power decreased; some production chains were broken locally. Potential risk of bad debts increased. Disbursement of public investment capital was low. Jobs and people's lives were affected, especially in areas where social distancing measures had to be reinforced. Many limitations related to the capacity and resources of the health system were revealed in, especially at the grassroots level. At times, some localities could not manage to organize the implementation of measures to prevent and control the COVID-19 in a unified or synchronous manner; social distancing was not implemented either in alignment with the epidemic situation or with clear goals, causing delays in the implementation of health measures.
In the coming time, the COVID-19 pandemic was forecasted to continue to develop complicatedly and unpredictably, with many potential risks. The Government required all levels, branches and localities to actively monitor and forecast the actual situation, take drastic action, continue to perform synchronously and effectively the tasks and solutions set out in the Resolutions and directives of the Party, National Assembly, Government and Prime Minister, especially the Conclusions of the 4th Plenum of the Central Committee (13th Session), viewing epidemic control a prerequisite for people's life stabilization and socio-economic recovery and development; gradually open the economy in line with epidemic developments and vaccine coverage; strive to loosen pandemic control and prevention measures, and restore production and business activities in places with apposite conditions, ensuring safety from October 2021. Accordingly, attention must be paid on the following key areas:
1. Ministers, heads of ministerial-level agencies, agencies attached to the Government, Chairpersons of People's Committees of provinces and centrally run cities, based on their assigned functions, tasks and powers shall:
a) Uphold the responsibility of the leader, tighten discipline and order, promote the results achieved in COVID-19 prevention and control, especially in the epidemic-affected localities, overcome the shortcomings and limitations, draw lessons to continue to focus and prioritize COVID-19 prevention and control and socio-economic recovery and development with the motto “safe and flexible adaptation and effective control over the COVID-19 pandemic”.
b) Strengthen the leadership and direction of COVID-19 prevention and control at all levels of government, especially at grassroots level; continue to coordinate more closely among localities in directing and administering, avoid partition or separation, applying extreme prevention and control measures; absolutely avoid subjectiveness, negligence, lose vigilance, make the best efforts to prevent and control the pandemic; flexibly, creatively and timely adjust measures to prevent and control the pandemic in accordance with the reality of each locality; where an outbreak is detected, if social distancing is required, make sure to carry it out in the narrowest scope, associated with the application of medical measures in a scientific and fastest manner possible; strengthen mobile health. Continue to strictly implement the 5K principle + vaccine and drugs + technology + people's awareness of pandemic prevention and control.
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