Vietnam's National Assembly (NA) today [November 10] adopted a resolution on socio-economic development for 2023 with the GDP growth target for the year at 6.5%.
|Chairman of the NA’s Economic Committee Vu Hong Thanh. Source: quochoi.vn|
Other major economic objectives for next year include inflation of 4.5%, GDP per capita of $4,400, and labor productivity growth of 5-6%.
During a discussion session, Chairman of the NA Economic Committee Vu Hong Thanh called on the Government to set growth targets under different scenarios amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine and increasing geopolitical tension around the world.
Regarding the socio-economic resolution for 2023, Thanh said the GDP growth target for 2023 is based on the assumption that Vietnam's economic expansion rate this year is around 8%.
In addition, Vietnam’s economy continues to face major challenges on both domestic and international fronts, including high inflationary pressure, the economic recession in major partners, and rising prices of strategic commodities.
“A GDP growth target of 6.5% for 2023 shows the determination of the Government in efforts for socio-economic recovery and development,” Thanh added.
|Overview of the session.|
In response to the view of several NA deputies that the 4.5% consumer price index (CPI) target for 2023 would be difficult to achieve given the volatile global economic situation, Thanh noted that a low CPI reflects the government's expectation to stabilize macro fundamentals and contain inflation.
In the meantime, the NA resolution calls on the Government to improve the resilience of the financial-banking sector to any circumstances and to ensure flexible management of exchange and interest rates.
The expansionary fiscal policy should be conducted cautiously while tightening the capital inflow into risky fields such as real estate, corporate bonds, or securities, added the resolution.
In long term, the resolution stressed the necessity for the Government to finalize the legal framework for the management of digital assets and cryptocurrencies.
“The Government is expected to accelerate the construction of key transport infrastructure projects, especially urban railway, expressway, and ring roads,” it added.
Another key task for the Government in 2023 is to address bottlenecks in developing large-scale electricity projects including the Thai Binh 2 thermal power plant, Nghi Son 2, Duyen Hai 2, and Van Phong 1.
|Hanoi has been a highlight in the overall positive picture of Vietnam's economy during the first nine months of this year. The city's gross regional domestic product (GRDP) is estimated to expand by 9.69% in the period, the highest in recent years. As a result, Hanoi is well on track to realize the GRDP growth target of 7-7.5% for 2022.|