Though the consumer price index (CPI) increased sharply by 3.78 percent in the first two months of the year, Ha Van Hien, Chair of the National Assembly’s Economics Committee, when talking to the press on the sideline of the ongoing National Assembly’s session, said the National Assembly does not intend to adjust the CPI target of 7 percent set earlier for 2011.
As the inflation rate of the first two months of 2011 was relatively high, at 3.78 percent the Government has released Resolution 11 on the measures to curb inflation, stabilize the macro economy and ensure social security.
Only two months of the year have passed. Therefore, I don’t think that we need to adjust the target at this moment. It is too early to say about adjusting economic targets. It is really difficult to curb inflation in 2011, but we need to be determined to fulfill the task, considering this the top priority in 2011.
With the measures put forward in the Resolution 11, I hope that the situation will be improved in the time to come. Relevant agencies need to strictly follow necessary measures in order to reach the target. For example, banks must not have the credit growth rate of higher than 20 percent this year. However, the key now lies in the implementation of the measures. The scenario of 2010 should not be repeated: we loosened monetary policies at the beginning of the year, and then tightened the monetary policies at the end of the year. It is clear that measures are clear and strong, but we still need a good implementation to turn the measures into realistic.
I believe that the measures will help. In 2007, 2008 and 2009, the inflation rate was curbed when the Government was determined to curb inflation.
It is really not easy to cut down investments because the demand is really very high. However, this is a must, because we need to curb inflation and stabilize macro economy. The question now is how to cut. I think we should consider the capital sources and then set quotas for localities and economic branches.