Gov’t determined to speed up public investment disbursement
|A component project of the North-South Expressway is under construction. Speeding up the disbursement of public investment is expected to drive economic growth after the pandemic. (Photo: VNA)|
The Vietnamese Government has set up six working groups to speed up the disbursement of public investment to create impetus for post-pandemic economic growth.
This was a bold effort raised after the disappointing results of public investment disbursement in the first months of this year, especially of foreign-sourced capital.
The working groups would be in charge of identifying difficulties and problems in the implementation of public-invested projects, especially projects which use official development assistance (ODA) and concessional loans from foreign donors at ministries, central-level agencies and localities, and recommend solutions to accelerate the disbursement of public investment and increase capital use efficiency.
The latest updates from the Ministry of Finance showed that the disbursement of public investment was estimated at 18.48 percent in January - April, slightly lower than the rate of 18.65 percent in the same period last year.
Notably, the disbursement of foreign-sourced capital was at only 3.25 percent while domestic-sourced was at 19.57 percent.
Seven ministries and eight localities had a disbursement rate of more than 25 percent, including the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (91.12 percent), Vietnam Development Bank (59.64 percent), the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (48.86 percent), the State Bank of Vietnam (35.76 percent), Binh Thuan province (33.9 percent) and Phu Tho province (33.4 percent).
Forty-three out of 51 ministries and central-level agencies and 28 out of 63 provinces and cities had disbursement rates below 17 percent.
The ministry pointed out that the slow disbursement of public investment was due to the lack of determination and drastic measures in implementing public-invested projects, some faced problems with land clearance and selecting contractors, while the skyrocketing prices of construction materials also caused delays in implementation.
The ministry’s statistics also revealed that twelve ministries and central-level agencies and 21 provinces and cities had not completed the capital allocation plan.
To speed up public investment disbursement, the Ministry of Finance asked for the cooperation of the Ministry of Planning and Investment to transfer the capital which had not been allocated as of the end of March to ministries, agencies and localities with ongoing projects which had a demand for capital.
Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Quoc Phuong said that the disbursement of public investment was often strengthened in the last two quarters of the year.
Simplifying administrative procedures would also help speed up public investment disbursement.
Specifically, the State Treasury shortened the capital settlement time from four days to one for the advance and payment of 80 percent of the completed volume. Other payments would be made within three working days.
According to the ministry, the focus would be placed on enhancing the accountability of the heads in implementing public-invested projects. In addition, the problems related to land clearance and resources must also be tackled.
Speeding up the disbursement of public investment was expected to create spillover effects to accelerate the post-pandemic economic growth.
The disbursement rates reached 91 percent in 2020 and 93 percent in 2021.