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.

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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.

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