Improving people’s health is not only a target but also a strategy of Vietnam ’s health care sector from now to 2020, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien has affirmed at the 66 th session of the World Health Assembly.
A view of the Sai Dong new urban area in Long Bien District, Ha Noi. The construction sector is expected to make efforts to better satisfy the domestic demand in the coming year. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuan Anh
Discussing targets set for 2011-15 with the Ministry of Contruction, Hai pointed out that weaknesses in urban area management, the low quality of urban areas, unstable development of the real estate market and inconsistency in construction regulations needed to be addressed.
In the next five years, Hai stressed that planning remained one step ahead of population growth and the increasing demand for accommodation in rural and urban areas.
Suitable regulations were also needed to mobilise the maximum amount of social resources for infrastructure implementation, he added.
Minister of Construction Nguyen Dinh Dung said that during the next five years, the sector would focus on improving the quality of construction material production industries and construction equipment manufacturing while expanding construction markets abroad.
At the same time, it would make all efforts to develop urban infrastructure systems, including transportation networks as well as water supply and solid waste treatment facilities.
The ministry would continue its rural planning programmes as scheduled, which would be a fulcra for socio-economic development and narrowing the gap between rural and urban areas.
Plans are currently underway for the ministry to actively co-operate with relevant authorities in inspecting people's abidance to legal documents of investment, housing development and real estate business to timely detect speculation and price distortion activities.
The construction sector has done much to cut public investment, save expenditure, boost social housing programmes and stabilise the materials market, Dung said.
Currently, the average house size per capita was 18.3 sq.m, while 77 per cent of urban residents had access to clean water, he added.
To date, the production value of ministerial enterprises has been estimated to have reached VND100 trillion (US$4.7 billion), a rise of 10.3 per cent over the same period last year. — VNS