Vietnam sees bright spots in social policy implementation: PM

Tuesday, 2020-03-24 16:21:48
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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaking at the conference (Photo: Quang Hieu)
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NDO - Vietnam has recorded many positives in the implementation of social policies with poverty falling rapidly and the people’s standard of living improving considerably.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the conclusion at a meeting on March 24 to conduct a preliminary review of a resolution by the Party Central Committee on social policies for the 2012-2020 period.

He added that national contributors have been provided with better care while social and health insurance has been expanded to cover more and more vulnerable groups in society.

The head of government, however, noted that in some places, social policies have yet to be carried out adequately and more efforts are needed to fulfil the targets of nourishment of children under 5 and access to clean water in rural areas.

PM Phuc said the review is intended to find better ways to implement social policies in the future, especially as Vietnam is facing numerous challenges such as an aging population, natural disasters, diseases, climate change and so on.

He emphasised that as there are only three quarters until the end of 2020, maximum efforts are needed to create a new social policy programme for 2021-2030 to present to the Central Committee.

According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Vietnam has fulfilled 24 out of 26 targets set out in the Party Central Committee’s resolution, with eight realised ahead of scheduled.

Vietnam’s unemployment rate has been maintained at a low level, around 2-2.2% and under 3.5% in urban areas.

Social insurance covers 32% of the workforce while 85.3 million people or 90% of the population have subscribed to health insurance. Nearly 3% of the population are receiving monthly government allowances, including 1.65 million senior citizens.