At a December 31 teleconference reviewing 2020 State budget collection and spending, Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung said the implementation of financial and budgetary tasks resulted in “positive and comprehensive” outcomes.

He noted that, during the year, taxation authorities extended payment deadlines and exempted or reduced land rentals, charges, and fees worth about VND 128 trillion to support businesses and people in overcoming COVID-19.

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The taxation and customs agencies and State Treasury have pressed on with reforming administrative procedures, re-organizing their apparatus, and modernizing management activities to create the best possible conditions and minimize time and cost for businesses.

The financial sector has also increased inspection and examination efforts, through which financial settlements of VND 76 trillion have been proposed, over VND 22 trillion of which may be sent to the State budget.

Dung described these figures as “positive” amid annual economic growth of 2.91 percent - much lower than the targeted 6.8 percent - and a number of fiscal solutions carried out to tackle obstacles to production and business activities.

In terms of budget spending, he went on, despite a decline in budget revenue and difficulties in balancing the budget at all levels, thanks to its reactiveness and optimization of budget spending management, the financial sector still managed to ensure resources for combating COVID-19, assisting people to weather the pandemic’s impacts, addressing the consequences of natural disasters, and fulfilling important political tasks.

As of December 30, the State budget had spent some VND 18.1 trillion on fighting the pandemic and supporting nearly 13 million people. The sector had also proposed 36,600 tons of rice from the national reserves be supplied to poor and disaster-hit people.

Another bright spot is the much-improved progress in disbursing development investment, at nearly 83 percent of the year’s target.

Meanwhile, budget overspending and public debt were strictly controlled within the permissible levels set by the National Assembly, standing at equivalent to about 4.2 percent and 55.9 percent of GDP, respectively.

The minister attributed these outcomes to the political system’s solidarity and efforts and considered them important prerequisites for the sector’s performance in 2021.

Source: VNA