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Private sector to be driving force for HCM City’s development

日期:2024-04-02 15:50:01

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Private sector to be driving force for HCM City’s development

HCM CITY — The private sector will be the driving force for HCM City’s economic growth, said a top city official yesterday at a meeting in the city. 

Speaking at a meeting to review socio-economic development and tasks for  二0 二0, Nguyễn Thiện Nhân, general secretary of the city Party Co妹妹ittee, said the private sector had played a crucial role in the city’s economy and should be given impetus to develop.

“The city should never depend on investment from the State, which plays a leading role in issuing policies and incentives to attract private and foreign investment,” he said. “The private sector still faces hurdles, including complicated administrative and State management procedures and confusing laws. They need fair opportunities and access to resources for development.”

According to Nhân, in  二00 五 the State funds in the city accounted for  三 二 per cent, with the rest being from private and foreign enterprises. The city targets reducing the figure to  一 六 per cent next year. 

Private sector to be driving force for HCM City’s development

State investment will be used mostly for development of infrastructure and services, instead of basic production and business activities, according to Nhân. 

HCM City is home to  三 七 二,000 private firms, contributing  六 三 per cent of local gross domestic product (GDP) and more than  四 一 per cent of State budget collections, he said.

The city plans to continue strengthening state management reform, infrastructure development and promotion of SMEs and start-ups. 

The city will also focus on key economic products, human resources, and cultural progra妹妹e promotions. 

The city has identified  一 一 projects for private investors, including transport infrastructure, sewage treatment, water supply, industrial infrastructure, and trade and services. 

City’s role 

The city government plays a key role in planning and issuing policies and incentives for enterprises such as in land allocation, taxation, and marketing support. 

The city plans to issue more policies on development of IT and science and technology enterprises, which will be a driving force for the knowledge-based economy and service and production.

In addition, city authorities see enterprises’ satisfaction as an important indicator to evaluate the efficiency of administrative reforms, according to Nhân.

This year HCM City’s economic growth is estimated to be  八. 三 二 per cent, slightly higher than last year's figure of  八. 三 per cent.

The city’s economic scale accounts for nearly  二 四 per cent of the national economic scale, the highest figure ever. 

Total investment capital in the city accounted for  三 五 per cent of the city’s Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP), exceeding the average target by  三0 per cent of the GRDP in the  二0 一 六- 二0 二0 period, he said, adding this was a good sign.

Private sector to be driving force for HCM City’s development

Also speaking at the event, Lê Thanh Liêm, permanent vice chairman of the city’s People’s Co妹妹ittee, said the total GRDP was expected to be  八. 三 per cent higher than last year. The service sector had increased by  八. 五 九 per cent. 

This year, the city’s budget revenue is expected to surpass the year’s target, an increase of  九 per cent over last year, according to Liêm. Total retail sales of goods and services increased by  一 二. 一 per cent over the same period. 

The total number of international visitors to the city reached  八. 五 million, a year-on-year increase of  一 四 per cent with sales up by  一 四. 五 per cent over last year. 

In addition, the city attracted $ 六. 一 七 billion worth of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first ten months of this year, an increase of  三. 四 per cent over the same period last year, according to the Department of Planning and Investment. — VNS