Railway sector asked to develop sustainably in 2017

HÀ NỘI – Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyễn Ngọc Đông urged the Vietnam Railway Corporation (VNR) to enhance transport quality and use technology in management for sustainable development in 2017.
During a conference on VNR’s production and business plan in 2017 on Thursday, the deputy minister underlined efforts the railway sector made in 2016 to maintain growth.

According to Đoàn Duy Hoạch, VNR deputy director general, the company’s output and revenue hit VNĐ7.97 trillion (US$350.9 million), and VNĐ8.34 trillion, respectively, equivalent to 87.7 per cent and 88.8 per cent of the figures in 2015. The company earned post-tax profit of VNĐ137 billion.

Hoach attributed the fall in output and revenue to the reduction of its joint stock companies and networking due to divestment and equitisation.

The collapse of the Ghềnh Bridge in Đồng Nai, storms and floods in the central region, uncompetitive transport price, and newly-restructured subsidiaries also explained the corporation’s poor performance, Hoạch said.

To improve the sector’s competitiveness and efficiency in 2017, VNR aims to submit a proposal to the ministry to enhance the performance of the railway network nationwide, with focus on the Hà Nội-Vinh route.

VNR will also mobilize social resources, investing in means of transport and support facilities.

Additionally, the corporation will accelerate the implementation of key projects, particularly related to infrastructure and train building.

Efforts will also be made to better business management and reform administrative procedures. — VNS

Source: Viet Nam News