Achievements and shortcomings covered in PM Dung's address to legislature on March 22.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reported on his and the government’s performance during the 2011-2016 term to the National Assembly at the ongoing final meeting of the 13th National Assembly on March 22.
He acknowledged certain shortcomings in the government’s performance, such as its modest ability to make predictions, which led to setting some unrealistic socioeconomic development targets and developing some mechanisms and policies that were unfeasible and lacked vision.
He also pointed out flaws in ensuring a balance in State budget collection and spending, managing public debt, using loans in several projects, expanding domestic and foreign markets for Vietnamese goods, and fighting smuggling and counterfeiting.
Based on the successes and failures over the last five years, PM Dung concluded that it is critical to swiftly institutionalize the Party’s guidelines, the Constitution, and the State’s laws, and set the national and people’s interests as the ultimate goal.
He stressed that it is of paramount importance to make precise assessments of the reality, set appropriate targets, tasks and solutions, and win the public’s support. The more challenges occur, the more efforts must be made in raising social welfare and people’s living standards, particularly in rural, ethnic minority, and disadvantaged areas.
Concurrently, national defense and security must be strengthened to safeguard independence, national sovereignty, and territorial integrity. It is also necessary to optimize domestic strengths, proactively integrate into the world, attract and capitalize on external resources, and raise Vietnam’s profile in the international arena, he said.