Hanoi aims to boost development in all areas, including education. In the picture are pupils in Trung Vuong Secondary School in Hanoi’s Me Linh district. (Photo: P.H)

Accordingly, in 2020, the city effectively implemented solutions to overcome difficulties and restore growth, especially key socio-economic development tasks and solutions in the fourth quarter. Therefore, the gross regional domestic product (GRDP) in the fourth quarter grew significantly compared to previous quarters, making the GRDP growth rate for the whole year estimated at 3.94%, about 1.5 times higher than the national growth rate.

The industrial and construction sectors maintained good growth; the structure of the internal industry continued to change positively, with the processing and manufacturing industries accounting for over 90%. Disbursement of public investment flourished as the city accelerated a number of major projects with a number of transport infrastructure works having been completed, put into use and brought into full play.

Commercial and service activities continued to be maintained. The supply of goods was ensured to be stable in both quantity and price, even during Tet holiday and two outbreaks of COVID-19. The total sales, total retail sales, and export turnover all increased compared to 2019.

In 2020, the agricultural sector continued to play a pillar role in the capital's economy in the difficult context, gaining the growth rate of 4.20%. Meanwhile, the building of new-style rural areas continued to be strengthened, thus remarkably improving the lives of rural residents.

According to the Vice Chairman of the city People's Committee, in 2021, the city will strive to regain growth momentum; strongly boost the development of cultural, social and educational, scientific, technological, innovation and start-up issues; ensure social welfare; and further increase people’s living standard.

Specific targets include GRDP increasing by 7.5%, export turnover increasing by 5%, poverty rate reducing by 20%, the number of schools of national standards increasing by 85 schools, and the rate of rural residents having access to safe water increasing to 85%.

To achieve the above targets, the city will strengthen construction and planning of urban development; continue to complete cultural institutions; increase environmental protection and prevention of natural disasters as well as climate change; enhance administrative reform; and raise the efficiency of external relations and international integration./.