HCM City People’s Council convenes 12th session

Tuesday, 2018-12-04 17:08:38
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Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan addresses the session (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – The People’s Council of Ho Chi Minh City convened its 12th session on December 4 with the attendance of Secretary of the municipal Party Committee, Nguyen Thien Nhan.

Opening the session, Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam said that, despite many difficulties and challenges, the city has completed all of the targets set by the council.

Its economic growth so far is higher than that in the same period last year, while the economic structure has been reformed towards a higher ratio of the service sector, the business environment has been improved and administrative reforms have been accelerated, she noted.

However, Chairwoman Tam also pointed out a number of problems facing the city, including flooding, environmental pollution, traffic congestion, and the slow settlement of complaints.

She said that, during the session, the municipal People’s Council will question the Chairman and Vice Chairpersons of the municipal People’s Committee and heads of departments, sectors and agencies concerning their performances in realising their promises.

The People’s Council will discuss many important issues in the city, including the implementation of socio-economic tasks in 2018 and missions and solutions for 2019, budget collection and spending in 2018 and the allocation plan for 2019, as well as proposals from the People’s Committee.

Members of the People’s Council will caste their confidence votes on officials holding positions elected by the council, while debating a report on the outcomes of the supervision over the settlement of complaints of locals related to land use and house ownership.

In his speech, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee, Nguyen Thien Nhan, said that the city has maintained its role as a driving force of the country with economic growth of 8.3%, state budget collection hitting over VND 369.62 trillion (US$15.93 billion) and revenues from the economic sector rising 15.02% year-on-year.

Meanwhile, total social investment made up 35% of the gross regional domestic product (GRDP) and the flow of foreign investment hit US$7.07 billion, he said.

Regarding issues related to the Thu Thiem new urban area project, which have raised concerns among the public, Nhan cited the conclusion of the Government Inspectorate pointing out that 4.3 hectares of the reclaimed land area are not included in the project’s planning, from which 321 households have been removed. He proposed that the removed households should reside in resettlement areas while waiting for the city’s solutions rather than returning to their former lands.

He noted that the city authorities have held three meetings with the former leaders of the municipal People’s Committee in the previous tenures to clarify issues related to the project, which was approved by the Prime Minister in 1996. Nhan pledged that the city will fix all wrongdoings and define the responsibilities of the relevant parties.

The 12th session of the HCM City People’s Council is scheduled to last until December 7.