Lawmakers discuss State budget spending priorities

VietNamNet Bridge - National Assembly deputies looked into the spending of the 2013 State budget and the State budget estimates and allocation for the next year at their sitting last Saturday.Photo: TTXVNDiscussing the plan of issuing Government bonds and allocating the capital to important projects in the 2014-16 period, deputies agreed to prioritise capital to projects on National Highway 1A expansion and National Highway 14 construction. They suggested total investment in a number of sub-projects should be reviewed and their design should be adjusted so as to cut wasteful expenditures. In addition, the Government must ensure the progress and quality of projects to prevent exceeding the total funds allocated.The money collected from bond issuance should be instead channelled into hospital and irrigation projects which were slated to be concluded by 2014-2015 and had large effects on the economic development of localities, they said.Deputy Le Van Hoc from Central Highland province of … [Read more...]

Deputies speak up for farmers

When a general debate at the National Assembly was aired live on May 27, nearly half the speakers chided the Government for paying insufficient attention to farmers and rural areas. Deputies from the Mekong Delta pressed the government to ensure preservation of agricultural land. Representatives from the Central Highlands proposed measures to help farmers earn more profit from industrial crops. Though some deputies addressed public debt and disorder in mining industry, farmers' hunger and poverty were by far the hottest topic. Deputy Nguyen Huu Phuoc from Ben Tre in the heart of the Mekong Delta ventured that the average farmer earns just 500,000 dong (around $25) a month in cash income, just enough to scrape along, and not nearly enough to accumulate capital. Phuoc said that only when farmers have more land can they escape from hunger and poverty. Up to 70 percent of the population are farmers, 60 million people, Phuoc estimated. Collectively they farm 9.4 million hectares -- only … [Read more...]

90 percent of Ha Nam rural households to access safe water

Up to 90 percent of rural households in northern Ha Nam province are expected to have access to hygienic water by the end of 2015, an increase from 85 percent in late 2014. All communal medical stations will also have hygienic water and toilets within this year, rising from 95 percent last year, said Deputy Director of the Ha Nam Department of Planning and Investment Phan Van Trinh. The province has built and upgraded 22 rural water facilities since 2011, 12 of which have been put into use, he added. To achieve the targets, relevant provincial agencies have coordinated to carry out the National Target Programme on Rural Clean Water and Environmental Hygiene. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development steered the building of water supply facilities and hygienic livestock cages and the Department of Health managed the construction of standard toilets at private homes and medical stations. Ha Nam has also successfully called for private investments in building water … [Read more...]

Over VND333 billion invested to develop central rural areas

The central province of Phu Yen is carrying out the second phase of the Integrated Rural Development Sector Project in Central Provinces with an investment of VND333 billion (US$15.5 million) sourced though loans from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and corresponding provincial capital. The locality is carrying out four sub-projects, including upgrading a 19.5-kilometre irrigational system and 24.5-kilometre embankment road; building a 9.1-kilometre road and anti-salinity dyke in An Cu, An Hiep and An Hoa communes and upgrading Suoi Coi dam. The projects aims to improve resident livelihoods through enhancing access to agricultural infrastructure, creating job opportunities and reducing natural disaster impacts. Earlier, the ADB and the French Agency for Development (AFD) provided loans worth over VND202 billion (US$9.4 million) to the province to improve agricultural infrastructure, contributing to the locality’s implementation of the National Target Programme on building … [Read more...]

Over 333 billion VND invested to develop central rural areas

Illustrative photo. (Photo: VNA) The central province of Phu Yen is carrying out the second phase of the Integrated Rural Development Sector Project in Central Provinces with an investment of 333 billion USD (15.5 million USD) sourced though loans from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and corresponding provincial capital. The locality is carrying out four sub-projects, including upgrading a 19.5-kilometre irrigational system and 24.5-kilometre embankment road; building a 9.1-kilometre road and anti-salinity dyke in An Cu, An Hiep and An Hoa communes and upgrading Suoi Coi dam. The projects aims to improve resident livelihoods through enhancing access to agricultural infrastructure, creating job opportunities and reducing natural disaster impacts. Earlier, the ADB and the French Agency for Development (AFD) provided loans worth over 202 billion VND (9.4 million USD) to the province to improve agricultural infrastructure, contributing to the locality’s implementation of the … [Read more...]

Drug addiction rising, admits Public Security Deputy Minister

In 2014, Vietnam had more than 204,000 registered as drug addicts (Illustrative image -Source: VNA) Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong admitted rising numbers of drug addicts and high drug-use areas at the 10th meeting of the National Assembly Committee for Social Affairs held in Ho Chi Minh City on April 14. Of the five criteria in the National Target Programme on Drug Prevention and Control for 2011-2015, two have yet to be met. According to the Ministry of Public Security, the nation declared 4,450 communes and townships drug free in 2010, but the figure fell to a little more than 3,100 last year. Vuong attributed the situation to ineffective rehabilitation models at home and in the community resulting in a high number of drug relapse cases, as well as insufficient educational communication campaigns about addictive substances. In 2014, Vietnam had more than 204,000 registered as drug addicts, up 42.7 percent from 2010, he unveiled, … [Read more...]

Social News 12/4

WB project helps Hanoi cut red tape surrounding land use rights Hanoi has accelerated the process of granting land use rights, with more than 40,500 certificates issued for commercial housing projects in 2014. The result is attributable to the implementation of the World Bank-funded Vietnam Land Administration Project (VLAP) across Dan Phuong, Quoc Oai and Ung Hoa districts since 2008. To date, the project has processed the registration for 404,481 out of 454,480 local plots and granted 260,418 land use rights certificates. The VLAP aims to increase stakeholder access to land information services by developing an improved land administration system in selected provinces. The objective is to ensure that land users, including businesses and households, have access to more efficient, reliable, and transparent services from local land administrators. The municipal VLAP management board is completing a package deal to build digital data for all plots across 66 participating communes and … [Read more...]

Agribusiness Development

On April 15 in Hanoi, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in coordination with the Economic Commission of the National Assembly, the Steering Committee for the National Target Programme on New Rural Construction and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will organise the Business Development Forum in Agribusiness - Announcement of Vietnam Business Annual Report 2014 themed "Business development in agribusiness". The Vietnam Business Annual Report, compiled by the Institute for Enterprise Development under VCCI, is an important document for policymakers, businesses and people seeking to know business development in Vietnam year after year. In addition to assessing the Vietnamese business environment and assessing the recovering capacity of businesses after the world economic crisis, the report also analyses themed business operations. This is the ninth year the Vietnam Business Annual Report is released. Q.C … [Read more...]

BIDV supports construction of pre-schools in Thai Nguyen

The Bank for the Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) signed a contract on April 9 to sponsor 15 billion VND (700,000 USD) to build five pre-schools in remote, ethnic minority-inhabited communes of northern Thai Nguyen province. The province has asked the BIDV and relevant agencies to hasten the disbursement process to enable the facilities to go into operation for the 2015-2016 academic year, said Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Duong Ngoc Long. BIDV is one of the top banks in Vietnam with total assets of more than 655 trillion VND (30.5 billion USD). It has also been involved in a number of social welfare activities and national target programmes, focusing on the healthcare, education and emergency aid relief to constituents affected by natural disasters.-VNA … [Read more...]

Vietnam Fatherland Front establishes seven advisory councils

Politburo member and VFF President, Nguyen Thien Nhan speaks at the session. (VOV) NDO - The Standing Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee announced its decision to set up seven advisory councils at the second meeting of the Presidium of the VFF in Hanoi on April 6. Accordingly, advisory councils on science, education and the environment; culture and society; democracy and law; foreign affairs and overseas Vietnamese; religious affairs; ethnic minority affairs and economics will be established. Regarding orientations and activities of the advisory councils for 2015 and the following years, Politburo member and VFF President Nguyen Thien Nhan emphasised that the Advisory Council on Science, Education and Environment will consult with the VFF on the draft documents of the 12th National Party Congress, and will comment on a number of draft laws and other contents as required. The Ethnic Minority Affairs Council will assist the VFF in supervision and … [Read more...]

New rural development movement sees strong progress

An ornamental plant farm in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre (Photo: VNA) The new-style rural building programme has made strong progress last year, bringing about positive changes in socio-economic life in rural areas, it was reported at a recent national meeting in the northern province of Lang Son in late March. The event, organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, was attended by the ministry’s senior officials and leaders of provincial-level coordinating offices for the programme nationwide. Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam said it aims to review achievements in 2014, and establish orientations for 2016-2020 of the National Target Programme on New Rural Development as well as to adjust criteria for new-style rural areas. According to a report of the National Coordination Office, the progress can be seen in the improved people’s awareness, upgraded infrastructure and increased … [Read more...]

Dong Nai: Soft loans provided to build rural grids

The People’s Committee of southern Dong Nai province will provide the Dong Nai Power Co. Ltd (PC Dong Nai) with soft loans to construct rural medium-voltage grids in the province. The 68 billion VND (3.16 million USD) loans will be allocated for building 126 kilometres in electric networks and 97 transformer stations to support local agricultural production. Scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015, the construction will be concentrated in Trang Bom, Xuan Loc and Cam My districts as part of a plan by local authorities to develop livestock breeding and large-scaled agricultural production in these areas. A grid supplying medium-voltage power to two major slaughterhouses in Vinh An town and Thanh Phu commune, Vinh Cuu district will be built with a combined investment of 1.4 billion VND (65,000 USD). PC Dong Nai Deputy Director Do Xuan Tam said thanks to the special loans, the company is able to help improve local infrastructure towards the National Target Programme on … [Read more...]

Bac Lieu focuses on vocational training for rural labourers

The southern province of Bac Lieu has seen significant achievements in building new rural development through focusing on vocational training for rural labourers. The initiative was praised as one of the key benchmarks towards carrying out the 19 criteria for new-style rural development. According to Deputy Chief of the provincial Steering Committee for the National Target Programme on New Rural Development, Luong Ngoc Lan, improving rural incomes remains the most crucial task. Funds for constructing new style rural areas were mobilised from community contributions as State funding remains limited, necessitating more proactive involvement from localities, he added. Over the past two years, the province has provided over 440 vocational training courses and 750 technical training classes, as well as new manufacturing model transfer classes for rural labourers, attracting more than 23,300 participants. The efforts have helped generate increased income and create jobs for rural … [Read more...]

Social News 15/3

Resettlement efforts for Lai Chau hydropower plant accelerating Over 1,800 of the 2,000 households living in the area designated to be the reservoir of Lai Chau hydro-power plant have been relocated to new resettlement areas in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau. These areas in Nam Nhun and Muong Te districts have access to paved roads, schooling, electricity, power and other welfare facilities like cultural houses and medical stations. The displaced will also receive farming land to ease their transition. The remaining households will move into their new homes by the second quarter of this year, according to the provincial Department of Planning and Investment. Nearly 90 percent of the funds allocated for compensation has been disbursed, said Acting Chief of the resettlement project Tran Van Dung. Construction on the 1,200MW Lai Chau hydropower plant began in early 2011 in Nam Hang commune, Nam Nhun district, with a total investment of 35.7 trillion VND (1.7 billion … [Read more...]

Joining Hands in New Rural Construction

With the motto "State and people working together", the new rural construction in Tuyen Quang has brought positive results. The province also makes appropriate changes in the structure of agricultural plants and animals. Practices of the revolution proved that all things can be done by people’s strength. Within narrow scope of a district, a commune, a village, once you create a consensus of the people, any difficulty can be overcome. The new rural construction has been implemented across the country; the first step has achieved important results; through which we can draw many lessons. In particular, the lessons of consensus have deep meaning and cannot be taken lightly. In many places, typically in Tuyen Quang, thanks to the consensus, many difficulties and obstacles have been overcome. One of the successes of the new rural construction in the last years of Tuyen Quang province is boosting production and raising incomes for people. According to statistics, the province has … [Read more...]

Binh Phuoc: Impoverished, ethnic minority groups fight malaria

The Global Fund to Fight Malaria coordinated with the Phuoc Long town medical centre in southern Binh Phuoc province to provide locals with mosquito nets between March 10 and 11. A total of 24,500 insecticide-treated bed nets were distributed to impoverished and ethnic minority households as well as other disadvantaged individuals in the town. The charitable event was intended to reduce the number of malaria cases from mosquitoes, particularly during the upcoming rainy season, as part of a plan to fight malaria in 2015 sponsored by the Global Fund. The National Target Programme on Healthcare has been effectively implemented by the province in recent years, particularly in communicable disease prevention with no recorded outbreaks. Leprosy, poliomyelitis and neonatal tetanus have also been eliminated, significantly reducing the mortality rate of newborn babies and children under 5 years old in the locality. Medical facilities and equipment have been substantially improved.-VNA … [Read more...]

Social News 10/3

Outstanding ASEAN businesswomen congratulated A ceremony honoring 36 outstanding ASEAN businesswomen, as part of the first ASEAN Businesswomen Forum with the participation of more than 200 female entrepreneurs, was held in Hanoi on March 7. It is aimed to praise businesswomen’s contributions to socio-economic development in their countries and the region. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc congratulated businesswomen and their great achievements, affirming that the country will always create good conditions for local and international enterprises’ development. The award that highly evaluated female entrepreneurs’ efforts helps encourage women in economic development in the country and the region. Party leader visits Tra Vinh province Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visited Tieu Can district in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh on March 8 to inspect the locality’s preparations for the Party Congress at all levels. Located in the west of … [Read more...]