Hanoi strives to minimise losses to COVID-19: official

Hanoi is striving to bring damage caused by COVID-19 to the lowest by taking concerted measures devised by the Government and local authorities, said Politburo member Vuong Dinh Hue, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee, at an online meeting on April 10.

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Politburo member Vuong Dinh Hue, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee (Photo: VNA)

The event aims to seek ease setbacks for bussiness, production and public investment disbursement, and guarantee social order and welfare amid the complicated developments of the pandemic.

Hue said the capital had pleded to the Prime Minister and the Government that it will coordinate with ministries and departments based in the city to drastically implement preventive measures and  promptly support people who are subject to the Government’s preferential policies.

Regarding the city’s socio-economic situation in the first quarter of 2020, the official reported that albeit an array of difficulties caused by the disease, Hanoi recorded year-on-year growth of 3.72% and collected about VND72.6 trillion (US$3.1 billion) to the State budget (26.5% of the total estimate).

Earlier this year, Hanoi transferred VND650 billion to the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies to offer loans, create jobs, and boost rural development and other infrastructure works.

Other categories such as food, medical equipment manufacturing, and information technology have also been promoted, especially online public services.

At the meeting, Hue suggested the Government direct the Ministry of Transport to put into use the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway at an early date, as well as other key transport projects.

He proposed the Prime Minister allow the city to apply a specific mechanism of site clearance as in the southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City.