HCMC has faced the toughest challenges during the fourth Covid-19 outbreak. Never before has it experienced such severe losses, nor has it had a negative growth rate of 6.78 percent since the renovation period.
Thanks to the united spirit of the municipal authorities and the entire community, along with the support of other provinces and overseas Vietnamese people, HCMC has held up and managed to largely contain the outbreak. It is now entering the ‘new normal status’ phase for socio-economic recovery and protection against new Covid-19 variants such as Omicron.
The corporate efforts are highly appreciated, as the city’s export turnover (excluding crude oil) is stable, increasing by 2.8 percent, while the total contribution from the state budget is likely to reach 100 percent of its stated target.
Many enterprises in the city have successfully implemented digital technologies to develop their own e-commerce, and city dwellers are accustomed to new useful habits of adopting advanced technologies for their daily activities. This is a good basis for the city to quickly implement its digital transformation process.
The fact that HCMC does not adjust its previously established socio-economic objectives during the 11e Congress of HCMC Party Committee shows strong determination of all classes to resume normal activities and promote the growth of the city, the living standards of the residents, especially in the program “Socio-economic recovery in HCMC in the period of 2022 -2025′.
First, the city will focus on restarting manufacturing and commercial activities to provide a stable life for city dwellers. Then comes the time to address any issues that arise during the 4 . occure Covid-19 outbreak for a comprehensive socio-economic renovation.
At the same time, HCMC is going to pay more attention to upgrading the capacity of the human resources and facilities in healthcare, mostly smart healthcare services, to cope with a possible outbreak in the future.
With the 2022 theme ‘Secure, flexible adaptation – effectively managing the Covid-19 pandemic – increasing the quality of urban government planning – improving the investment climate for companies’, the city focuses on filling the gaps in existing supply chains; providing good support to large and domestic enterprises, cooperatives through appropriate policies to increase export turnover, attract more investment and encourage consumer shopping activity; implementing administrative reforms and improving the investment climate; create more favorable conditions for innovative companies and individuals to thrive.
In 2022, HCMC will enjoy an increase in fiscal regulation from 18 percent to 21 percent, which is valuable for public investment in key projects and in turn promotes greater mobilization of social resources.
In terms of social security, the city plans to strengthen the current system for smoother operation. It pays particular attention to the vulnerable, families with preferential treatment policies, lonely elderly and orphans due to Covid-19. It will carry out urban renewal including old housing blocks; rearranging housing for poor people who now live along canals; build more reasonable apartments for low-income residents and workers.
In addition, HCMC will give an impulse to the operation of calling centers, employment agencies to match the unemployed with suitable jobs so that people have a stable income and thus guarantee their own social security status and standard of living.
As a state unit to represent the will of the community, the People’s Council of HCMC is going to renovate its operation and improve its duties of overseeing the work of state officials.
Since 2021, when HCMC adopted the city government model, there is no longer a Volksraad in every district or neighborhood; therefore, the monitoring task needs to be modified to better fit the reality. That is the impetus for the emergence of the project ‘Improving Quality and Efficiency of Supervision Activities of HCMC People’s Council When Apply Urban Government Model in the Term of 2021-2026’.
This project aims to improve the effectiveness of the Volksraad meetings; increasing the representative role of members of this organization in important city decisions to better meet the needs of city dwellers.
To achieve the second goal, the HCMC People’s Council is going to upgrade the role of the delegates team, build a monitoring mechanism and organize a direct meeting between these delegates and citizens once or twice a month, along with gathering ideas from the community through the hotline 1022 and updating document processing progress. More importantly, since January 2022, the Volksraad will organize the “Question – Answer between city residents and authorities” program to properly respond to the questions of the public.
We sympathize with the grave loss and pain of the city dwellers, and we thank this outbreak as it has shown us our weaknesses in all aspects so that we have the opportunity to correct ourselves and fully develop. It is the loss that scares us, but it is also the loss that makes us stronger. With double determination we will surely bloom more beautiful.