Viet Nam targets 8.7 percent GDP growth for 2008
Under a directive issued on June 12 on a socio-economic development plan and state budget forecast for 2008 fiscal year, PM Nguyen Tan Dung urged the agro-forestry and fisheries sectors to grow by between 3.5-3.7 percent while setting a 10.5-10.7 percent target for the industry and construction, and 8.8-9.0 percent for services.
The government leader also asked for drastic improvement in the quality of the economic development and rapid restructuring of the economy in favour of services and industry.
The directive stated that it is essential to apply world-renowned scientific and technological achievements while producing local high-skilled staff in this field. Renovation in education and training, health care, culture and sports is also needed.
The PM asked relevant ministries and agencies to effectively implement key national programmes with the involvement of various domestic and foreign resources, and address all social problems emerging while deploying the country's WTO commitments.
More efforts should also be made to accelerate poverty reduction and reduce crimes, drug trafficking and traffic accidents.
The directive also touched on tasks on environmental protection, administrative reform, thrift practice, anti-corruption, national defence, and security.(VNA)