The Government’s regular meeting - October 2019
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THE GOVERNMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
 
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No. 99/NQ-CP

Ha Noi, November 13, 2019

RESOLUTION

THE GOVERNMENT’S REGULAR MEETING – OCTOBER 2019

THE GOVERNMENT

Pursuant to the Law on Organization of the Government dated June 19, 2015;

Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 138/2016/ND-CP dated October 01, 2016 promulgating the working regulation of the Government;

Based on the discussion of the delegates and the conclusion of the Prime Minister at the Government’s regular meeting in October 2019, held on November 05, 2019,

DECIDES

1. Regarding the implementation of the Government’s Resolutions No. 01/NQ-CP and the socio-economic situation in October and the first 10 months of 2019

The Government agreed that: The socio-economic situation in October and the first 10 months of 2019 continued to witness positive changes. International organizations showed their optimism about Viet Nam's economic outlook amid low global growth. Macroeconomic conditions were relatively stable. Inflation was kept under control at a low level, average consumer price index of the first 10 months increased by 2.48%, the lowest in the last 3 years. The monetary market, interest rates, exchange rates, foreign currency market were relatively stable, and liquidity was guaranteed. Credit structure witnessed positive changes, credit for sectors which are the main driving force for economic growth had increased significantly. Disbursement of foreign direct investment (FDI) increased by 7.4% on year-on-year basis. Exports increased by 7.4%, trade surplus reached US$7 billion, in which that of the domestic economic sector increased by 16.2% and higher than the FDI sector (3.9%). The country had 114.4 thousand newly registered businesses, up 4.4%. The agricultural sector maintained the development momentum, the African swine fever had been controlled in many provinces. The industry and services sectors continued to sustain good growth; industrial production augmented by 9.5% over the same period, of which the mining industry grew by 1.2%; total retail sales of consumer goods and services increased by 11.8%; the number of international visitors in October reached a record of over 1.6 million, bringing the total number of international visitors in the first 10 months to 14.5 million, up 13%. The fields of culture, society, healthcare, education, science, technology and environment continued to receive due attention. The movement "The whole nation joins hands to help the poor escape poverty, ensuring no one is left behind" spread throughout the society. People's living standards had been improved, especially in rural areas thanks to the results of the National Target Programs for New Rural Development. The number of hungry households decreased by 33.8%. Viet Nam’s higher education was ranked 68th out of 196 countries in the world for the quality. Information and communication activities were undertaken in a timely and proactive manner. Foreign affairs and international integration accomplished a number of significant achievements. National defense, security and national sovereignty were maintained, social order was guaranteed. The Government praised ministries, branches, localities and the people in areas hit by ​​natural disasters, storms and floods for their active prevention, mitigation and alleviation of damage caused by the 5th storm.

In addition to the above-mentioned achievements, the country still had to face with many risks and challenges such as unpredictable rise and fall of the world market, trade protectionism, declining growth and flows of international trade and investment. Meanwhile, Viet Nam’s domestic economy still had many shortcomings and limitations. The disbursement rate of public investment remained low. Growth of key sectors decelerated. Prices of some agricultural commodities fell sharply. Although Viet Nam's business environment continued to improve, according to the World Bank, the country’s ranking dropped 1 place compared to 2019. The number of enterprises temporarily suspending their business for a definite time and having completed dissolution procedures increased compared to the same period last year. Natural disasters and epidemics recorded complex emergencies. There were several social issues that raised public concern such as illegal sending of people abroad, land fraud scandals, and air pollution, among others.

In the last two months of 2019, the Government requested all levels and sectors to utterly avoid subjectivism, continue to make more efforts, determine to promptly solve problems and fulfil all objectives and targets of the 2019 plan to create a policy foundation for 2020; continue to implement drastically and effectively the tasks and solutions set out in Resolutions No. 01/NQ-CP and No. 02/NQ-CP dated January 1, 2019 and Directive No. 09/CT-TTg dated April 1, 2019 of the Prime Minister. Accordingly, the Government requested all levels and sectors to continue to focus on effectively implementating tasks and solutions on economic restructuring, administrative reforms, and substantial cut of unnecessary business conditions. Attention should be paid to the following:

- The State Bank of Viet Nam shall continue to closely monitor developments of the domestic macroeconomic situation and international monetary market, provide impact assessment and forecasts, proactively and flexibly leverage monetary policy to ensure stability of financial and monetary markets, and control inflation within the set targets. It shall drastically deploy solutions to restructure credit institutions associated with bad debt handling, especially debts at weak commercial banks, maintaining the stability and system safety of credit institutions. The Governor of the State Bank of Viet Nam was authorized by the Prime Minister to report to the National Assembly on the plan to increase the charter capital of state-owned commercial banks on behalf of the Government.

- The Ministry of Planning and Investment shall coordinate with the Ministry of Finance and other ministries, agencies and provinces to urge the implementation of Resolution No. 94/NQ-CP dated October 29, 2019 on the key tasks and solutions to accelerate the allocation and disbursement of the public investment plan in 2019. It was requested to urgently submit to the Government a National Strategy on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, an Action Plan to implement Resolution No. 50-NQ/TW dated August 20, 2019 of the Politburo and an FDI attraction strategy pursuant to the Politburo's Resolution No. 50-NQ/TW. The Ministry shall review and collect comments from the Ministry of Transport, finalizing a draft Government’s Resolution on the list of planning schemes to be incorporated into national, regional and provincial plannings according to Point c, Clause 1, Article 59 of the Law on Planning. This list shall be submitted to the Government for promulgation in November 2019. Pursuant to the National Assembly's Resolution on socio-economic development plan in 2020, the Ministry of Planning and Investment shall lead and coordinate with other ministries, agencies, and provinces to formulate a draft Government’s Resolution on major tasks and solutions guiding the implementation of the socio-economic development plan and budget estimates in 2020, and report to the Government at the monthly meeting in November 2019.

- The Ministry of Finance shall strengthen disciplines of financial management and state budget, continue to implement solutions to restructure the securities market, monitor and evaluate investment capital flows, especially indirect investment via the securities market, and at the same time, strengthening the strict control of risks of capital transfer and capital withdrawal abroad. The Ministry was requested to expeditiously submit to the Government a draft Decree amending and supplementing Decree No. 20/2017/ND-CP on tax administration for enterprises having related party transactions. Together with the Committee for Management of State Capital at Enterprises, other ministries, branches, province and related agencies, the Ministry of Finance shall accelerate the equitization and divestment of state capital in enterprises, focusing on handling problems related to determining the value of land use rights and assets on land in the equitization plan, strictly managing state assets as well as preventing losses and wastefulness.

- The Ministry of Industry and Trade shall continue to closely monitor, update and fully evaluate the impacts of trade tensions, timely propose appropriate solutions, scenarios and countermeasures. The Ministry shall promote market diversification, effectively exploit free trade agreements that Viet Nam has signed, and at the same time focusing on developing the domestic market, implementing programs to promote the development of production, business and consumption, especially at the end of the year. The Ministry of Industry and Trade shall assume the prime responsibility for and coordinate with the Ministry of Finance (Permanent Office of Steering Committee 389) to actively implement the Scheme to strengthen state management to abet acts of trade remedies evasions and origin frauds to promptly detect and strictly handle violations.

- The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development shall continue to direct the effective prevention and control of African swine cholera, guide and recommend provinces to develop appropriate plans for herd repopulation, ensure convenience of meat buying and assure sufficient supplies of meat for upcoming holidays, including the Lunar New Year. The Ministry shall assume the prime responsibility for and coordinate with concerned ministries, agencies and provinces to concentrate on removing the EC yellow card warning to seafood exports.

- The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment shall urgently report to the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on the proposal to postpone the collection of fees for granting permission for mineral and water resources exploitation.

- The Ministry of Transport shall focuse on speeding up the implementation of key transport infrastructure projects and coordinate with the Ministry of Public Security to synchronously implement solutions to ensure traffic safety and order.

- The Committee for Management of State Capital at Enterprises shall proactively innovate its approach, closely cooperate with the concerned ministries and agencies in timely handling problems and difficulties to create the best conditions for effective production and business activities of corporations.

- Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue shall direct the Ministry of Finance to amend and supplement Decree No. 126/2017/ND-CP dated November 16, 2017 on transforming state-owned enterprises and one-member limited liability companies invested by state-owned enterprises into joint-stock companies with 100% of charter capital; and Decree No. 167/2017/ND-CP dated December 31, 2017 promulgating the rearrangement and handling of public assets.

- Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam shall direct the Ministry of Education and Training to conduct review and appraisals in a strict, open and objective manner to ensure the quality of new textbooks, which shall then be reported to the Government and submitted to the Standing Committee of the National Assembly for permission to implement Point c, Clause 1, Article 32 of the 2019 Law on Education from January 1, 2020 to guide the Provincial People's Committee in selecting textbooks to ensure the timely deployment of the new curricula and textbooks for grade 1 from the school year 2020-2021 in accordance with the roadmap prescribed by the National Assembly.

- The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs shall assume the prime responsibility for and coordinate with the Ministry of Public Security and other ministries, branches and province in reviewing and working out solutions to ensure that children can live safely and healthily. The Ministry was requested to strictly prevent, put a stop to and resolutely handle acts of child abuse.

- The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism shall promote cultural tourism, introduction of festivals imbued with national identities to attract tourists, strengthen inspection, reorganize the quality of tourism services, ensure tourism safety and security at festivals attracting a large number of tourists. The Ministry was requested to strengthen inspection of construction investment and exploitation of relics and heritage sites to timely rectify and strictly handle acts of violation.

- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall lead and coordinate with the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Information and Communications and the related ministries, branches and provinces to closely coordinate in handling the case of the 39 deaths in the UK, calling on countries to join hands to fight, prevent and strongly condemn illegal migration, providing information and strengthen communication to raise people’s awareness, prevent scammers to lure people to travel from Viet Nam illegally.

- The Ministry of Public Security shall direct forces to fight and prevent in time all sabotage activities, ensuring political security stability, attaching importance to strategic and key geographical areas. The Ministry shall take measures to fight, prevent and strictly handle organized crimes such as illegal sending of people abroad, multi-level marketing scams, fraudulent real estate transactions, abusing technology to deceive people, impersonation of law enforcement agencies, and law violations committed by foreigners in Viet Nam...

- The Ministry of Information and Communications shall direct to ensure network safety and cyber security in service of the direction and administration of all levels and branches. The Ministry was requested to direct to strengthen information and communication on the country's socio-economic development situation, to create confidence and energetic atmosphere among the people; as well as promptly handle negative, toxic, false information to create social consensus.

- Ministries of Industry and Trade, Finance, Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, Labor - Invalids and Social Affairs, Transport, National Defense, Public Security, Culture, Sports and Tourism, Natural Resources and Environment, Foreign Affairs, Information and Communications, the State Bank of Viet Nam, and the Government Inspectorate shall urgently build specific contents in their respective management fields to serve as input for the draft Directive on strengthening measures to ensure the Lunar New Year celebration to ensure that the public holiday will be organized in a happy, healthy, safe and economical manner. The Directive shall be sent to the Government Office before November 20, 2019 for consolidation and submission to the Prime Minister for review and issuance.

2. Requirements for National Assembly’s working sessions:

The Government members were requested to actively monitor and follow up with issues concerned by the National Assembly deputies and voters, promptly and adequately provide information, answers and explanations.

3. Regarding the advance of the central budget’s capital investment plan in 2020 to the Management Board for President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The Government unanimously agreed to advance VND 24.12 billion of the central budget’s capital investment plan in 2020 for the Management Board for President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to accelerate the implementation of the Project on Security Control and Inspection System in Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Ministry of Finance were assigned to take next steps according to regulations.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment shall be responsible for balancing the 2020 investment plan to recover the above-mentioned advanced capital for the Management Board for President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum as well as held responsibility for providing information and reporting data.

4. Regarding the Impact Assessment Report on policies not applying regulations for new construction projects with investment decisions issued before October 31 of the year preceding the plan year.

The Government unanimously agreed that: Regarding the allocation of investment capital plans in 2019, it was allowed to allocate the 2020 plan for projects using common reserves, 10% reserves at ministries, branches and internal adjustments, VND 10,000 billion from reducing capital allocation to national important projects which had investment decisions, decisions on investment for preparation, decisions approving investment preparation estimates after October 31, 2019. Other projects shall follow the Government's Decree No. 120/2018/ND-CP dated September 13, 2018 and the Law on Public Investment. Regarding the assignment of the public investment capital plan from 2020, the Law on Public Investment in 2019 and the detailing documents shall be adopted.

5. Regarding the proposal to develop a Decree on incentive mechanisms and policies for the Viet Nam National Innovation Center

Pursuant to the Politburo's Resolution No. 52-NQ/TW dated September 27, 2019 on a number of guidelines and policies for Viet Nam to actively partake in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Government unanimously approved the proposal to develop a draft Decree on incentive mechanisms and policies for the Viet Nam National Innovation Center.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment shall assume the prime responsibility for, and coordinate with the Ministry of Science and Technology and relevant ministries and agencies in, studying and collecting comments from the Government members and appraisal opinions of the Ministry of Justice as well as developing the draft Decree on incentive mechanisms and policies for the Viet Nam National Innovation Center. The Minister of Planning and Investment was authorized by the Prime Minister to report to the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on behalf of the Government on comments on the draft Decree before November 30, 2019 before submitting it to the Government for consideration and promulgation.

6. Regarding the (revised) Ordinance on preferential treatments for people with meritorious services to the revolution

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs shall assume the prime responsibility for, and coordinate with the Ministry of Health and relevant ministries and agencies in, collecting comments from the Government members, finalizing the draft (revised) Ordinance on preferential treatments for people with meritorious services to the revolution, and reporting to the Prime Minister before submitting it to the Standing Committee of the National Assembly.

7. Regarding a number of key contents, explanations, and comments from the National Assembly deputies to the draft (revised) Labour Code

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs shall collect comments from the Government members, finalize the Government's Report on a number of key contents, provide explanations and feedbacks to comments of the National Assembly deputies on the draft (revised) Labour Code.

The Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs was assigned by the Prime Minister to act on behalf of the Government to sign the Report and submit to the National Assembly. The Drafting Board shall actively cooperate with Government agencies and National Assembly agencies in the process of revising and completing the draft Law, as well as proactively reporting to the Prime Minister when necessary.

8. Regarding the implementation of assigned tasks and inspection results of the Prime Minister's Working Group in October 2019

a) Regarding the Work Program:

Ministers shall directly direct respective agencies under their management authority to complete 40 out of the 373 pending projects. At the same time, they were requested to ensure the progress of the Work Program in November (58 projects) and in December of 2019 (79 projects).

b) Regarding detailing documents:

Ministers and heads of agencies were assigned to, based on their assigned tasks, urgently direct the completion of 10 outstanding Decrees without further delays. They were requested to actively develop, finalize and submit to the Government to promulgate 16 Decrees before November 15, 2019 for enforcement from January 1, 2020, and issue 12 Decrees before May 15, 2020 for enforcement from July 1, 2020, and 33 Circulars of ministries.

c) Regarding business environment index and specialized inspection:

- Ministries and branches shall conduct assessment on the causes of low ranking or ranking drop and held responsibility for improving each component index. The Working Group shall strengthen inspection and supervision activities.

- The Ministry of Planning and Investment shall develop a Prime Minister's Directive on solutions to continue to promote business environment improvement and report to the Prime Minister.

- The Ministry of Finance shall sturdily reform customs procedures in the direction of promoting electronicization, developing electronic customs, in line with international standards. The Ministry shall assume the prime responsibility for formulating a Project on specialized inspection reform in which customs offices shall be the focal point for specialized inspection at the border gates (except for goods related to national security, defence, quarantine ...), specialized management ministries shall conduct post-inspection and report to the Government in Quarter 1/2020.

In November 2019, the Ministry of Finance shall assume the prime responsibility for and coordinate with other ministries in reviewing and proposing solutions to handle obstacles arising from laws and ordinances to report to the Government for submission to the Standing Committee of the National Assembly. The Ministry was requested to review and propose solutions to handle problems caused by decrees and circulars following the shortened order and procedures.

- For goods that are still subject to many specialized inspection procedures of many agencies, handling procedures should be as follows:

+ Radar: Exemption from quality control of imported goods. Customs authorities were assigned to use dossiers and papers submitted to Customs as basis for goods inspection and clearance until the amendment of Decree No. 74/2018/ND-CP.

+ Cold-storage system: The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs was assigned to review and amend related documents to shift specialized inspection of cold-storage systems from customs pre-clearance to post-clearance. The Ministry of Science and Technology shall study and amend Clause 3, Article 1 of Decree No. 74/2018/ND-CP and Clause 2a, 2b and 2c of Article 7 of Decree No. 132/2008/ND-CP, in the direction of assigning customs offices to base on submitted dossiers and papers to conduct goods inspection and clearance.

+ Some raw materials for beverage production: The Ministry of Industry and Trade was assigned to review and cut down products and goods under its management, which are subjected to both food safety and quarantine inspection in order to reach a consensus on assigning the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to carry out all specialized inspection.

+ Processed milk and dairy products: The Ministry of Industry and Trade was assigned to assume the prime responsibility for specialized inspection of processed milk and dairy products, in which appointing regional veterinary agencies and regional animal quarantine inspection agencies, which are qualified and capable of carrying out food safety inspection for this item. The designated agency shall carry out both food safety and quarantine inspection at the same time as prescribed.

+ Plant-derived powder and starch: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was assigned to assume the prime responsibility for specialized inspection of imported powder and starch. The Ministry of Industry and Trade shall review and remove these items from the list of items subject to specialized inspection under its management.

+ Casein processing aids: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was assigned to review and remove products and goods containing casein as processing aids from the list of goods subject to specialized inspection within the management authority of the Ministry.

+ Pharmaceutical materials: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was assigned to assume the prime responsibility for and coordinate with the Ministry of Health in reviewing, reducing and simplifying specialized inspection for pharmaceutical products subject to quarantine inspection.

- The Working Group of the Prime Minister shall strengthen inspection and urge the implementation of tasks and solutions on business environment and competitiveness improvement.

9. Regarding the conversion of the use purpose of natural forest areas as protection forests to other purposes to construct routes serving machinery and equipment transportation to urgently overcome damage caused by natural disasters at Dak Sin 1 hydropower project in Dak Nong province

The Government agreed with the report on changing the use purpose of 0.408 ha of natural forest area as protection forests to other purposes to construct routes serving the transportation of machinery and equipment for emergency recovery from damage consequences caused by natural disasters at Dak Sin 1 hydropower project in Dak Nong province at the request of the People's Committee of Dak Nong Province, in accordance with Clause 4, Article 3 of the Government's Working Regulation issued together with the Government's Decree No. 138/2016/ND-CP of October 1, 2016.

10. Regarding the implementation of Resolution No. 17/NQ-CP on a number of tasks and key solutions for e-government development in the 2019-2020 period, with orientations toward 2025

The Ministry of Information and Communications shall continue to urge ministries, agencies and provinces to perform the tasks stated in the Government's Resolution No. 17/NQ-CP on e-government development according to the plan.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment shall accelerate the implementation of the National Land Database Project, promptly approve the preliminary design and adjust the Feasibility Study in November 2019, as well as guide the implementation of local land databases to integrate them into the national land database./.

 

ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT

PRIME MINISTER

(Signed)

  

Nguyen Xuan Phuc

 

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