Taking stock after five years of rapid growth
Politburo Member and Haø Noäi Party Secretary Phaïm Quang Nghò talks to Nguyeãn Vaên Caûnh from the Vietnam News Agency about the rapidly changing face of the country’s capital city.
There are quite a few ways of analysing this, taking all things into consideration and make an assessment. But I think there are two ways, very practical and obvious: Firstly you can rely on the statistics, compare those of 2007 and 2013, before Haø Noäi and Haø Taây Province became greater Haø Noäi; secondly you can ask the people for their opinions and impressions.
Recently, I have spent a great deal of time using those two approaches when I left my office to talk to people. What I saw proved that Haø Noäi has been on the right development track and has achieved some impressive results in a short period of time, despite the fact that the country has been going through a difficult economic period.
Haø Noäi now has 7 million people and its economic growth is faster than the national growth rate by 1.5 times. Between 20082012, Haø Noäi's economic growth alone reached 9.45 per cent. In 2007, together, Haø Noäi and Haø Taây collected 57 trillion for the State budget. In 2012, greater Haø Noäi’s total budget collection reached 146 trillion equal to 20 per cent of the national total. The per capita Hanoians last year US$2,260, while back in 2007 in Haø Noäi the per capita rate was $2,000 and Haø Taây $520.
The new residents of Haø Noäi in Meâ Linh District and those in the four communes of Löông Sôn District, which formerly belonged to Hoøa Bình Province, said they were happy about the changes.
Not only the residents but people across the country and international visitors have also noticed our city changing rapidly.
Five years after, I think that the decision was made at a good time and has put the city on the right track to development. It has asserted a long-term vision for this historic decision. Now, looking back at the first few days five years ago, I was mixed with happiness and worries and maybe the worries outweighed the happiness. With this huge responsibility, I had to work out how to govern, manage and proceed with the administrative process during the city's enlargement.
As we are opening up and integrating with the world, it’s no surprise that we feel overwhelmed. I think this is par for the course, because there is so much work to be done and not every assignment is perfect. But the city of Haø Noäi has accomplished some great work, important and vital for its future development. We have overhauled the city's human resources, begun the city's planning work, and as a growing city, we still have a lot of planning work to do, including urban planning and economic and social development planning.
You may hear critics saying that Haø Noäi is not developing according to its true potential and yes, you can always see differences in more developed cities, inside or outside of the country, despite our continuous efforts. We understand that you have high expectations of us and we definitely feel the weight of responsibility.