The discussion was presided over by 11th tenure Politburo member and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
11th tenure Party Central Committee member and Standing deputy head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission Pham Xuan Duong, delivered a presentation specifying orientations to map out a national industry development policy with the aim of speeding up and improving the country’s industrialisation and modernisation in 2016-2020.
Accordingly, the national industrial development policy should fully comply with the market’s rules and become part of the processes of building a complete institution of the socialist-oriented market economy, transforming the growth modal, restructuring the economy and implementing the three breakthroughs set earlier, Duong argued, on behalf of the Economic Commission.
The policy needs to maximise the strength of all available resources at home, while also attracting foreign resources. It should be grounded on science and technology, a respect for renovations and creations, and ensuring the relationship between industry and trade, he said.
To realise the above viewpoints, the Economic Commission came up with an array of solutions for the 2016-2020 period with a vision towards 2035.
The solutions include utilising natural resources efficiently, actualising the comparative advantages and human resources to better the quality of industrialisation, modernisation and international integration; strengthening macro-economic stability, raising productivity and placing importance on sustainable development as set forth in the United Nation’s 2030 agenda; categorising national industry policies in groups; increasing investments in scientific and technological research, and applications in production and business; stepping up the application of information technology in State administration and management, and the governance of national industry; establishing risk investment funds in the science and technology fields; and improving the quality of human resources in service of industrialisation and modernisation.
Regarding the issue of building a modern agriculture, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat suggested restructuring agriculture towards modernised methods that earn a higher added value through more efficient operation.
The rural area construction campaign should continue in a bid to dramatically improve rural people’s living standards. The agriculture sector needs to have a developed infrastructure that could help it respond and mitigate the consequences of national disasters. The protection of the environment and the proper and efficient utility of natural resources were recommended.
He also proposed developing agriculture-forestry businesses and other partnerships that connect producers and dealers in a value chain domestically and globally. New style agriculture co-operatives should encourage farmers to team up in producing products in a large scale with quality and safety standards that can be sold beyond the country.
The application of scientific and technological advances in production and services should be accelerated to create breakthroughs in productivity, quality and competiveness of products. Businesses should be encouraged to get involved in researching and transferring scientific and technological advances. Farmers should be given adequate training, the Minister stressed.
He pointed to the need to continue rallying all resources for the development of infrastructure in the agricultural sector and rural areas, which will enhance the capacity of adapting to climate change.
A priority should be given to making upgrades to essential infrastructural facilities in poverty-struck communes to enable them to promote sound socio-economic development, and bring more direct benefits for local people, he said.