In the morning of January 6, 2021, implementing the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 307 / QD-TTg of February 27, 2020 on the organization of the 2021 Economic Census and Decision No. 752 / QD-TTG dated On June 3, 2020 of the Prime Minister on the establishment of the Central Census Steering Committee in 2021, the Ministry of Planning and Investment held a meeting of the Central Economic Census Steering Committee to preside over the plan and implement the 2021 Economic Census. Mr. Nguyen Chi Dung, Minister of Planning and Investment, Head of the Central Economic Census Steering Committee chaired the meeting and spoke directing.

Attending the meeting, there were Ms. Nguyen Thi Huong, General Director of General Statistics Office, Deputy Head of Central Economic Census Steering Committee; the delegates are members of the Steering Committee, Standing Group; leadership representatives of departments of the General Statistics Office. Participants in the meeting were also representatives of ministries.

Opening of the meeting, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, Head of the Central Economic Census Steering Committee emphasized that the Census content related to information requests of many ministries, sectors, localities, the Central Census Steering Committee held this meeting to listen to comments from members on the implementation of the plan for the 2021 Economic Census and the organization of each ministry to rollout officially starting January 2021.

The 2021 Economic Census is one of three very important censuses conducted by the statistics sector that will provide data for all economic sectors; help us understand the scale of GDP, the structure of each economic sector in GDP, as an important premise for the calculation of GDP data of the whole country and the GRDP of each locality. That has great significance for the strategic advisory work of the ministries, branches and localities to help the Party and the State have an overall economic picture of the country; capture the current situation of the economy in general and of each sector, each locality, in order to locate each sector, where each locality is in the development process; identifying potentials and advantages that need to be exploited; identify barriers and challenges that must be overcome; and most importantly, making appropriate decisions, direction and administration for a fast and sustainable economic development.

The Minister directs that this is a large-scale census with complicated contents, involving many different investigative subjects including all economic units: enterprises, individual business establishments, non-business units, religious, belief establishments, associations, foreign non-governmental organizations in Vietnam. Therefore, it is very necessary to innovate in the direction of thoroughly applying information technology, and improve the content, process, and implementation method to ensure the quality of information sources and reduce implementation costs. The main issues to discuss during the meeting include: (1) Detailed implementation plan; (2) Implementation content; (3) Funding for implementation; (4) Coordination among Ministries; (5) Propaganda.

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Mr. Nguyen Trung Tien, Deputy Director of the General Statistics Office, Head of the Standing Group of the Central Economic Census reported on the preparation for the Census and the work plan in next time. The report clearly shows the work that has been done on the organization and development of the Census plan as well as the plan, the questionnaire, and professional processes. So far, all preparation work related to the Census has been basically completed by the Ministry of Planning and Investment (General Statistics Office). According to the report, the 2021 Census has some new points as follows: (1) Supplementing and collecting information on the situation of information technology application, serving to reflect the digital economy in Vietnam; (2) Determined and identify the object of the investigation and the unit of investigation; (3) Basic improvement of the survey questionnaire; (4) To thoroughly apply information technology; (5) Investigate the Administrative and Professional units; (6) Develop electronic lectures. The report also outlines some major difficulties and problems that will be encountered in the process of implementing the Census.

In the next time, it is necessary to implement a number of key works, including: (1) Completing the investigation plan; (2) Prepare documents for the Census; (3) Organize professional training at all levels; (4) Develop a list of investigating units; (5) Develop official documents guiding the use of Census funding; (6) Develop a propaganda plan for the Census; Plan to inspect, supervise, train and collect information of the Census; Plan to process Census results.

Ms. Pham Thi Quynh Loi, Deputy Director of the Department of Trade and Service Statistics, Member of the Standing Group of the Central Economic Census, presented some proposed contents to amend the Plan of the 2021 Economic Census .

Delegates who were members of the Steering Committee, the Standing Group, representatives of ministries and sectors participating in the meeting actively participated in contributing ideas on the process of preparing and implementing the Census in coming time. Participants assessed that the Economic Census 2021 is very importance to the assessment and calculation of key economic indicators, and is the basis for building economic development plans in the next years. At the end of the meeting, delegates basically agreed on important issues about the census implementation plan and content.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Minister highly appreciated the preparation efforts of the General Statistics Office (the standing agency of the Census) and the good coordination among ministries in completing the guiding documents, questionnaires, implementation plans … The Minister directs the General Statistics Office, members of the Steering Committee, the Standing Group and relevant ministries and agencies to urgently implement the next work to ensure that The Census took place as planned, with results as set out.