Cabinet meeting focuses on removing difficulties for agriculture

Positive results were seen in Vietnam’s socio-economic situation in May and the first five months of this year, but agriculture is facing severe difficulties, it was reported at the Government regular meeting on May 27.

According to a report by Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh, macro-economy so far this year has maintained stable and on a right track.

Consumer price index in May rose 0.16 percent over the previous month and 0.2 percent over the same period last year, he noted, adding that during the month, total exports was estimated at nearly 63.2 billion USD, up 7.3 percent year on year, while imports were 66.2 billion USD.

The number of new start-up firms and their combined capital surged by 15.5 and 26.3 percent, respectively. At the same time, the number of enterprises resuming operation rose 5.9 percent.

Meanwhile, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat reported that the prolonged drought in central and Central Highlands region as well as the stagnation in the export of a number of agricultural products seriously affected the production and farmers’ lives.

The ministry will push crop and animal restructuring in drought-hit areas, while continuing to promote the application of advanced technology to raise production, quality and competitiveness of farm produces, the minister said.

Regarding measures to boost export of agricultural products, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang said together with speeding up negotiations for free trade agreements between Vietnam and partners, the ministry will work closely with other ministries to seek new market for farm produces, especially key products like rice, coffee, rubber, seafood and vegetable.

At the meeting, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh noted that the number of foreign visitors to Vietnam so far this year is lower than to other regional countries. He suggested that the Government increase tourism promotion activities.

Other Cabinet members agreed that it is crucial to make tourism as a spearhead sector of the economy. It is necessary to remove administrative barriers to attract visitors, while opening more direct air routes from Vietnam to promising markets, they said.

Concluding the meeting, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked cabinet members to make more efforts to remove difficulties for agriculture, speeding up restructuring and boosting the sector’s sustainable growth.

He continued to stress the need to ensure macro-economic stability, improve business environment and enhance competitiveness of Vietnamese enterprises.

He directed the State Bank of Vietnam to better manage exchange rate, regulating interest rate to maintain macro-economy and support business and production at the same time.

The PM urged the bank to keep a close eye at the real property market to make sure the sector grows healthily.

He also required Cabinet members to prepare reports to deliver at the National Assembly’s 9th session, and take the initiative in providing accurate information to National Assembly deputies and voters.

National Assembly deputies discuss draft bills

Deputies debated several draft laws at their ongoing 9th session of the 13th National Assembly on May 27.

They heard reports on the draft law on the organisation of criminal investigation bodies.

The plan for law and ordinance making in 2016 and adjustments to law making plans this year were also tabled for discussion.

The discussion focused on the delay in issuing documents guiding the enforcement of laws, shortcomings in building draft laws and law enforcement, and how to reform law making activities of the National Assembly, among others.

In addition, the proposal on revising Article 60 of the 2014 Law on Social Insurance continued to be debated.

Later on the day, they discussed in groups the draft revised Criminal Procedures Code.

On May 28, the lawmakers will sit for a plenary session.


Cabinet meeting focuses on removing difficulties for agriculture