return icon

The politician who goes to wholesale market, wades in water to visit people

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, 67, on April 5, took the oath of office before the National Assembly, people, and voters. This is the first time that an incumbent Prime Minister was elected State President.


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (first right) talks to merchants


In the last five years, the achievements created by Mr. Phuc and the Government with innovation, dynamism and strong determination to implement tasks have helped the "Vietnamese vessel fulfill a journey full of storms of difficulties and challenges".

Frequent trips to localities

Burdened with heavy responsibility, how will the Prime Minister steer the government vessel? This was the question raised by many people when Phuc took office, warning that this would be a very difficult tenure for the Government and Prime Minister Phuc.

However, the concern was lifted after the first Government regular meeting. The Prime Minister decided that the Government has to shift from one that gives administrative orders to a "tectonic" Government that serves people. He also showed strong determination to build an upright, transparent and effective Government which says no to corruption, wrongdoings and lavishment.

Just within one month, the Prime Minister left an imprint wherever he set foot. On April 17, he was present in Quang Tri. On April 22, he came to Lai Chau and on April 24, he was in Quang Nam. He attended investment and tourism promotion conferences and groundbreaking ceremonies to kick off large projects.

One week later, he flew to HCM City on April 29 and came to Dong Nai on April 30, where he presided over an online conference with 500 businesses and dialogue with 3,000 workers.

On May 1, he visited Ha Tinh to have an urgent working session with the provincial people’s committees of the central region on the sea environment disaster.

As head of the Government, the Prime Minister pursues the motto ‘talk the talk, walk the walk’. During the tenure, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Ministers took 570 trips to localities, agencies and hotspots.

As National Assembly Deputies commented, the Government of the last tenure was one with a passion to build a powerful Vietnam with the image of a motivated and dynamic Prime Minister.

“Speaking before the National Assembly when the tenure began, I said Vietnam ranks 14th in the world in terms of population, but its economy ranks 48th. We can take pride now that Vietnam has surpassed 11 other countries to jump to the 37th position,” Mr. Phuc said before the National Assembly on March 29.

“Though the way ahead is still full of difficulties and challenges, we believe that Vietnam will soon become a higher average income country and join the group of developed countries with high income by 2045,” Phuc said.

However, he admitted that many problems still exist. There are still many issues of public concern. Some state officers are indifferent and insensitive to people’s problems. They are indecisive and not determined in dealing with issues. They don’t do what they promise and hesitate to collide with others, so wrongdoings are not condemned.

The Prime Minister close to people

Being close to people, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has left good impressions among the people and social circles.

At the first glimmer of daylight one day in September 2016, the petty merchants at a big wholesale market in Hanoi were surprised when Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and a group of officials came to the market to survey the situation.


The actions taken by the head of the Government received strong support from people. They were touched by the Prime Minister’s visits and sincere concern for them.


Visiting stalls at the market and talking to merchants, the Prime Minister told them to maintain their business ethics and not trade fruits soaked in toxic preservatives which may harm consumers’ health.

In October 2016, prior to the working session with HCM City’s leaders, the Prime Minister took an inspection tour to a catering company and examined supermarkets’ food trade.

He even examined the broth at a street pho shop. The street pho shop on Nguyen Hau street in Tan Phu district once received a special guest – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the Government members.

He checked every bowl at the shop carefully to find if the bowls were clean enough. He asked the shop owner how to cook pho and invited all the officers escorting him to eat pho. The owner and everyone else was surprised when the Prime Minister stood up and paid for the pho and coffee for all members.

After eating pho and drinking coffee, Mr. Phuc wished the owner prosperity and told her to strictly follow necessary steps to ensure food hygiene.

During his Prime Minister tenure, Phuc has held three dialogues with farmers, three with factory workers, one with youth, and one with young entrepreneurs.

The people in the areas usually hit by natural disasters have become familiar with the image of the Prime Minister, wearing a soldier’s hat, going to the center of the floods to give his regards and encourage local people.

In the 2020 flood season, many online meetings were organized urgently, and many instructions and letters of encouragement were released to help local authorities and people overcome natural disasters.

“Suffering from floods and storms, one after another, we need to keep an iron will and be optimistic,” Phuc said when visiting people in Hien Ninh Commune in Quang Binh province, the most seriously flooded area.

The Prime Minister’s inspection tours showed his passion to bring "peace and warmth" to people.

The actions taken by the head of the Government received strong support from people. They were touched by the Prime Minister’s visits and sincere concern for them. 

Moc Mien

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets Hai Phong voters

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets Hai Phong voters

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on March 7 met with voters of the northern port city of Hai Phong, briefing them on the outcomes of the work of the National Assembly deputies of the city.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc sends message on OECD’s 60th anniversary

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc sends message on OECD’s 60th anniversary

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has sent a message of congratulations to a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).


Aviation industry forecast to fully recover in 2025

It is not until 2025 that the local aviation sector can fully recover due to rising fuel prices and the slower-than-expected reopening of international markets, according to domestic airlines.


Hanoi airport faces serious congestion during summer peak

Hanoi and Hoi An among Top 25 Overall Experiences in Asia

Motorbike tours around Hanoi and cooking classes in Hoi An have made it into the Top 25 Overall Experiences in Asia, as voted on by readers of TripAdvisor.

Vietnam, Hungary seal judicial cooperation deal for 2022-2023

Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Hungarian counterpart Judit Varga on June 27 signed a cooperation programme between the two ministries for the 2022-2023 period.

India conglomerate pledges to invest 10 billion USD in Vietnam

A joint venture between India’s Adani Group and Vietnam’s Anh Phat Investment Construction & Trading JSC has been approved by authorities of Da Nang to start studying the development of a major seaport in the central city.


Govt approves appointment of contractors for North-South expy project

HCM City hi-tech park to speed up investment procedures

HCM City will focus on helping businesses invest in the Saigon Hi-tech Park in Thu Duc City by addressing slow administrative procedures, a conference on facilitating investment heard on June 27.

Korea, Vietnam to mark 30th anniversary of relations with cultural events

The Korea Content Creation Agency in Vietnam will organise a series of cultural-entertainment events this year to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

HCM City to promote AI in education sector

HCM City will need to promote the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the education sector as part of its effort to become a smart city by 2030, experts said.

Additionally-registered and share-purchased FDI soars sharply in first half of 2022

Despite newly-registered FDI dropping in the first half of the year, additionally-registered and share-purchased investments increased significantly on-year.

Vietnam joins hands with France to renovate Hanoi’s Long Bien bridge

Vietnamese and French experts will join hands to renovate Hanoi City’s deteriorating Long Bien Bridge in the coming months.

Lessons learned from urban railway projects

The urban railway projects that have been and are under construction are all behind schedule, so the total investment must be adjusted.

Prices hit record high, Vietnam earns big money from catfish

Export prices have been escalating in all markets and hitting new records in the US. Vietnam’s catfish export turnover is expected to reach $2.6 billion this year, the highest in history.

Phu Dien Cham Tower in Vietnam sets world record

The central province of Thua Thien – Hue on June 27 held a ceremony to mark WorldKings’ recognition of Phu Dien Tower built by the Cham people as a world record.

Explosive e-commerce growth drives demand for logistics

The rapid growth in e-commerce is driving an unprecedented increase in demand for logistics services, including express delivery services, according to industry insiders.