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Eyes on Tet market

Government members yesterday met to discuss solutions to the current difficulties facing agricultural production, the real-estate market and preparations for the Tet holiday.

The officials want to ensure the Consumption Price Index (CPI) remains at 8 per cent and to curb inflation. It is believed that CPI may increase shortly as demand for food heightens in the build up to Tet.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and some other government members proposed that it was necessary to work out effective solutions to remove barriers blocking poultry and cattle breeding and aqua-culture activities.

Phat suggested tight co-ordination among relevant agencies and ministries should be enforced to combat poultry smuggling.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh said plans for next year””s agricultural development should be carefully considered, and irrigation projects should be planned together with other production developments.

He said market forecasts and information about agricultural products should be improved.

Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said it was necessary to decrease the interest rate of loans and facilitate the production of goods of priorities.

Business and investment promotion activities should receive proper focus, she said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung suggested solutions to recover the real-estate market by giving financial support to low-income people and offering them incentives so that they can afford to buy accommodations, contributing to raising the housing demand.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked the ministries and localities to put their priorities towards agricultural development and expanding the export market.

He called for them to settle bad loans and inventories, especially in the real-estate market, and boost allocation of investment, especially from Government bonds and capital from national target programmes such as FDI and ODA.

Phat and other government members also debated measures to ensure a stable food supply and strongly punish speculation activities during Tet holiday

The Prime Minister said market management plans should be implemented to stabilise the price of goods which are in high demand in Tet.

He stressed that it is time to work out preparation plans for the holiday which must focus on giving assistance to poor people so that they may prepare for this special occasion as well as ensuring people””s safety by adopting food safety and hygiene measures, decreasing traffic accidents and preventing firecracker smuggling.

He also asked relevant agencies to continue tightly managing the prices of necessities, in order to stabilise the macro-economy and curb inflation.

Earlier in the meeting, Government members agreed the socio-economic situation this month has shown progress, with the drastic decrease of CPI to 0.47 per cent from 0.85 per cent in October and 2.2 per cent in September.

Meanwhile, the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) increased by 4.8 per cent in comparison with last month and 6.7 per cent in comparison with the same period last year.

In the first 11 months of this year, the balance of export and import has been maintained and the inventories have decreased.

Press conference

After the meeting, in response to a question related to the new decree on administrative punishment for traffic violations including the failure to register changes of ownership, Minister and Head of Government Office Vu Duc Dam said that this regulation failed to ask for the public””s opinion before being issued, leading to misunderstandings among people and decreasing the effectiveness of the decree.

The government also entrusted the Ministry of Finance to consider suitable fees for vehicle ownership transfer and asked relevant agencies to support people in implementing this regulation.

On the subject of the 6 and 6A hydro-power projects in Dong Nai Province, he said all developments have been approved by the Government based on rules relating to people””s safety, resettlement and environment protection and socio-economic effectiveness.

The government entrusted the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to review the potential impacts of these two hydro-power projects on Cat Tien National Park. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has made assessments on environmental impacts caused by the two projects for the Government””s consideration.