PM meets local economists on national economy

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on September 13 met with local economists to assess the socio-economic performance and discuss its prospect in the remaining months of the year and 2009.

PM Dung mentioned the fact that the global economy has since the beginning of this year experienced turmoil with price hike and inflation. “The situation forced many countries to revise their economic growth targets and badly affected Vietnam’s national economy,” he stressed.

The Government has pinpointed weaknesses of the national economy while adjusting socio-economic development goals for 2008, namely controlling inflation, stabilising macro-economy, ensuring social welfare and maintaining a GDP growth rate of 7 percent, he said.

PM Dung affirmed that Vietnam in the past eight months recorded initial positive changes on the grounds of the uniform implementation of eight groups of measures introduced by the Government.

Over the past eight months, the industrial and agricultural production continued their track of development with livestock and plant diseases being contained, exports soaring, imports being tightly controlled, and the consumer price index slowing down, the PM noted.

He asked the economists who attended the meeting to contribute specific opinions to the Government in implementing its management over monetary activities, interest rates, investment, import-export, trade deficit and social welfare in the coming time.

The Government leader hoped the Government can rely on those opinions to make forecasts for the country’s socio-economic performance this year and outline goals, plans and tasks of the national economy in 2009 before submitting them to the Party Central Committee and the 12 th National Assembly’s fourth session.

The economists debated prioritised goals of 2009 and solutions to rein in inflation and continue reducing poverty and maintain an appropriate growth rate.

They also shared experiences and touched upon orientations to settle problems arising from development course relating to agriculture, rural development, job generation and social welfare


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