The southern metropolis Ho Chi Minh City has set the target of achieving an 8% economic growth for next year.
This is one of the goals for 2016 that were adopted at the second conference of the municipal 10th Party Committee during its second conference on December 1-2.
The city is set to increase the rate of trained workers to 75%, reduce the rate of poor households by 1%, and supply clean water to all households.
It will also strive to be among the top five localities nationwide in terms of the provincial governance and public administration performance index, the provincial competitiveness index and the public administration reform index.
Speaking at the event, Standing Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Vo Van Thuong hailed the city for its progress in Party building and mass mobilisation last year, fulfilling the 2011-2015 goals and creating impetus to the 2016-2020 development.
He asked for improving business climate, streamlining procedures, exercising thrift and preventing wastefulness while addressing existing problems that raise public concern in order to realise the set targets.
Politburo member Le Thanh Hai, who is assigned to lead the municipal Party Committee until the National Party Congress, asked the city to improve its economic competitiveness by increasing productivity, accelerating administrative procedure reform and corporate training.
More attention should be paid to support industry, new rural development and the seven economic breakthrough programmes, he added.