Vietnam News Today (March 29): Prime Minister suggests Hanoi develop satellite cities

Vietnam News Today (March 29) features headlines include Prime Minister suggests Hanoi develop satellite cities, PM stresses key components of development strategy for next 10 years, PM approves project to expand Dien Bien Airport and COVID-19 updates.
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PM Phuc and key officials of Hanoi (Photo: NDO)

Prime Minister suggests Hanoi develop satellite cities

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc suggested Hanoi should pay more attention to developing satellite cities and expand the capital to both the north and the west, while continuing to build a green and clean city, during a working session on March 28 with key officials of the capital city.

The Government leader commended Hanoi for its socio-economic achievements in 2020, as well as efforts in COVID-19 prevention and control.

He took note of encouraging signs in the city’s socio-economic situation in the first quarter of this year, including a 5.15% increase in budget collection.

At the same time, PM Phuc pointed out outstanding problems such as the delay in planning of satellite cities and reconstruction of old apartment buildings, adding that the city has yet to submit to the PM for approval planning tasks for 2021-2030 with vision to 2050.

Hanoi must become a cultural city, a place worth of living for residents and international friends, the PM said, urging the municipal authorities to make plans to preserve and develop the local tangible and intangible cultural heritage while building a dynamic and modern city.

PM Phuc stressed that Hanoi should lead in implementing the Government’s Resolution 01 on socio-economic development, and must successfully organise the elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels in the 2021-2026 tenure.

He approved the city’s proposals on key transport projects, the use of public housing and land, and the adjustment of the ratio of urban and rural land to 40/60%, and assigned relevant ministries and agencies to support the city, according to NDO.

PM stresses key components of development strategy for next 10 years

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc pointed out the three key components of the socio-economic development strategy for 2021-2030 while speaking on the second day of a national teleconference on March 28.

At the meeting, held to disseminate the resolution of the 13th National Party Congress, PM Phuc presented the main content of the strategy for the next 10 years and the development orientations and tasks for 2021-2025.

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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Photo: Bao Quoc Te)

He noted the first key component is spiritual momentum and determination, elaborating that it is necessary to inspire the aspiration to develop the country and strongly bring into play the values of the Vietnamese culture and people as well as the strength of the era.

The second is the way and the means to do so, which is mobilising every resource for fast and sustainable development on the basis of science, technology, innovation, and digital transformation.

The third is the goal to strive for, which is turning Vietnam into a developed nation with modern industry and upper-middle income (US$7,500 per person) by 2030, when the Party turns 100, and a developed nation with high-income (US$18,000 per person) by 2045, when the country marks its centenary.

For the five years from 2021-2025, Vietnam looks to obtain annual GDP growth of about 6.5-7% on average, the PM noted.

At the same time, the PM emphasised the need to address outstanding problems in the medium and long-term. In particular, he pointed to the importance of cultural, social and human development, while noting that education-training, science-technology and innovation must be considered a foundation, a main driving force of development.

Moreover, he underlined consensus among the people, describing it as the strength to achieve any goal, according to NDO.

“Human Security” Becomes New Element Of National Security, Minister Says

Minister of Public Security To Lam on Sunday said “human security” became the latest component of Viet Nam’s national security.

Lam was one of the top officials to talk about new viewpoints and guidelines of the 13th National Party Congress at the two-day online national conference which drew the attendance of Party members of the 67 Party Committees of centrally-run cities, provinces and central agencies, and more than 7,300 committees at local levels.

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Minister of Public Security To Lam talks about the Party's new concept of national security at the online national conference to popularize the Resolution adopted at the 13th National Party Congress, Ha Noi, March 28, 2021. Photo: VGP

Accordingly, national security not only covers political security and military security but also non-traditional security issues such as cyber security, terrorism, organized crime, trans-national crime, financial-banking security, energy security, food security, environmental security among others.

For the first time, “human security” was added as the latest element of the national security as part of the effort to concretize the provisions of the 2013 Constitution.

The adoption of this new component indicates that the Party places humans at the center of all activities and considers protection of safety and security of people as one of the foremost task, VGP reported.

PM approves project to expand Dien Bien Airport

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a project to expand Dien Bien Airport in the northern province of Dien Bien.

According to VGP, the VND1,547 billion project will enhance the airport’s capacity to half a million passengers a year and enable it to receive aircraft like the Airbus A321, Airbus A320 and equivalants.

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An aircraft of the national flag carrier Viet Nam Airlines seen at the Dien Bien Airport (Photo: VGP)

The project will be implemented in 34 months and funded by the Airport Corporation of Viet Nam (ACV).

The Government chief tasked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to be responsible for appraisal, supervision and evaluation of the expansion project in accordance with the current regulations.

Built in 1954, the Dien Bien Airport currently has one runway that can only handle the ATR72 and smaller aircraft.

Its current passenger handling capacity is 0.3 million per year.

One new imported COVID-19 case takes national patient tally to 2,591

Viet Nam confirmed one new imported case of COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon, raising the national caseload to 2,591.

The latest patient is a 31-year-old woman in Luc Ngan District of the northern province of Bac Giang.

She returned to Viet Nam on March 27 via the Ha Tien International Border Gate in the southern province of Kien Giang.

The national tally includes 2,308 recoveries and 35 fatalities, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control led by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, as reported by VGP.

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