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...]

VN greenhouse gas to double by 2020

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's total greenhouse emissions are predicted to reach 466 million tonnes of CO2-equivalents in 2020, according to experts at a workshop on climate change held in Ha Noi yesterday. That means almost double 2010's levels of 246.8 million tonnes of CO2-equivalents, according to deputy director of the Industrial Safety Techniques and Environment Department, Tran Van Luong. The event reviewed the Ministry of Industry and Trade's implementation of the National Target Programme To Respond to Climate Change in the 2010-15 period. Luong noted that the energy sector contributed the largest amount, with 141 million tonnes in 2010 and a forecast of 381 million tonnes in 2020. The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific's 2011 report indicated that Viet Nam had the highest CO2 emissions growth in the region at 9.89 per cent. Head of the ministry's Chemical Department, Nguyen Van Thanh, said coordination among units in the industry and trade sectors … [Read more...]

Honouring 96 outstanding businesses and entrepreneurs to implement the rural development programme

The Hanoitimes - The Steering Committee of national target programme on building new-style rural areas and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a ceremony in Hanoi on July 25 to honour 96 outstanding businesses and entrepreneurs in the implementation of the programme during 2010-2015 period. At the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat has awarded the Prime Minister’s certificates of merit for 65 businesses and 31 entrepreneurs to honour their efforts to carry out the rural development programme. Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh said the programme, initiated by the Government in 2010 to boost rural regions of Vietnam, has become a strong movement with the participation of all-level authorities and people nationwide. Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh awarded the Prime Minister’s certificates of merit for businesses and entrepreneurs to carry out the rural development … [Read more...]

Business world given credit for rural progress

A section of a rural road under construction in Quang Tri Province's Hai Lang District. The private sector has played a major part in developing rural areas nationwide, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's countryside has been given a facelift over the last five years following a national programme to develop new rural areas thanks to the contributions of businesses and entrepreneurs nationwide, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh on Saturday. At a ceremony in Ha Noi, the official said the programme had involved all levels of society, and helped cut the household poverty rate by 2 per cent each year, while doubling the incomes of rural residents. Around 10 per cent of communes and five districts have been recognised as new rural areas. This was attributed to contributions by businesses and entrepreneurs who had funded roads, schools and hospitals as well as agricultural production and job creation, Ninh said. He … [Read more...]

Ninety-six businesses and entrepreneurs honoured for contributions to modern rural construction

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh awards the Certificate of Merit from the Prime Minister to Le Van Khang, Chairman of the Board of Management at Con Dao Seaproducts & Import-Export Company. (Image credit: VNA) NDO – Ninety-six businesses and entrepreneurs were honoured at a ceremony in Hanoi on July 25 for their significant contributions to the national movement building new-style rural areas during the 2010-2015 period. At the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat awarded Certificates of Merit from the Prime Minister to 65 businesses and 31 entrepreneurs. Businesses and entrepreneurs honoured at the ceremony include the military-run telecom group Viettel, Lai Chau Tea JSC, Thai Binh Seed Corporation, Nguyen Quang Thang, General Director of Thac Ba Hydropower JSC – Yen Bai province, Pham Van Trung, General Director of Xuan Tho Loc – Hai Phong city, and Nguyen Thi Anh Hong, General Director at Maximax … [Read more...]

Business circle honoured for donation to rural development

Vietnam’s countryside has gained a facelift during the five-year implementation of a national target programme on building new-style rural areas, an achievement greatly contributed by businesses and entrepreneurs nationwide, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh on July 25. At a Hanoi ceremony, the official said the programme, initiated by the Government in 2010 to boost rural regions of Vietnam, has become a strong movement with the participation of all-level authorities and people. It has helped cut the household poverty rate down by 2 percent annually and increased income of rural residents twice compared to the first year of the progamme implementation. Up to 889 or about 10 percent of the total communes and five districts have been recognised as new-style rural areas. Those outcomes were reached partly thanks to businesses and entrepreneurs’ contributions, which were their funding for road, school and hospital building as well as promotion of agricultural … [Read more...]

Efforts needed to eliminate leprosy by year-end

Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thi Xuyen has urged the five remaining localities where leprosy still exists to carry out more drastic measures towards a Vietnam free from leprosy-related issues by the end of 2015. Speaking at a conference in central Thua Thien-Hue province on July 24 to review the five-year implementation of the National Leprosy Eradication Programme, Xuyen spoke of the achievements of the programme, especially in improving public awareness of the disease. As of June 2015, 58 out of the 63 provinces and centrally-run cities had eradicated leprosy. The remaining includes Ho Chi Minh City, central Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan provinces and the Central Highlands provinces of Gia Lai and Kon Tum. The number of new lepers discovered annually reduced from 374 in 2011 to 187 in 2014 and 86 in the first half of 2015. All patients have received accurate treatment and non-judgmental care. Yet neglect is being seen in several localities that have already eradicated leprosy. … [Read more...]

Thai Nguyen: 80 percent of rural households enjoy clean water

More than 80 percent of households in rural areas in the northern province of Thai Nguyen have access to clean water, according to the provincial Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Centre. The proportion of rural people using water that meets national safety standards is 58 percent while 98 percent of local schools have sanitary water and toilet facilities, reported the centre. According to Director of the centre La Hong Chung, the province has set targets of 85 percent of rural people using sanitary water, 65 percent of households maintaining clean animal cages and 100 percent schools having adequate water supply systems by the end of this year. To reach the targets, the province is focusing on completing five water supply projects and expanding large-scale others in different localities with a combined investment of 14 billion VND (641,000 USD) from the national target programme for clean water and environmental sanitation, he said. At the same time, the centre is … [Read more...]

Deputy PM asks for ethnic policy revisions

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has requested ministries and sectors review insufficient ethnic policies and propose adjustments, replacements and supplementations. Over the past years, ethnic policies issued by the Government have helped to improve both material and spiritual conditions of ethnic minority groups in mountainous areas through rapid poverty reduction. However, the poverty rate remains relatively high, noted the Deputy PM, pointing to ineffective implementation and overlapping ethnic policies as contributing factors. He urged the Government Committee for Ethnic Affairs to coordinate with ministries and agencies to complete a report on major ethnic policies in terms of education, healthcare and credit access. Meanwhile, ministries and agencies should provide the committee with updated information on the realisation of the policies in order to help the committee clarify identical and unfeasible policies and make adequate proposals, he asked. The committee, in … [Read more...]

Social News 18/7

Nearly 100 footwear workers hospitalised for food poisoning Nearly 100 workers of a footwear company in HCM City's Thu Duc District were rushed to hospitals on Wednesday evening allegedly for food poisoning. The workers reportedly suffered from stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhoea after having dinner before the late shift. Nguyen Thanh Binh, a doctor at the Emergency Department of Thu Duc District Hospital said that the workers displayed symptoms of food poisoning. Forty workers received intravenous fluids. The district's preventive medicine centre and relevant agencies took food samples from the company's canteen for testing. This food poisoning case occurred just a day before a conference in northern Thai Nguyen Province on food safety at collective canteens organised by the health ministry. Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long told the conference that more than 1,000 workers have been hospitalised for food poisoning after having meals at collective canteens in industrial … [Read more...]

Seminar shares experience in maintaining facilities in isolated areas

Representatives from a number of mountainous provinces, businesses and experts gathered in the northern central province of Thanh Hoa from July 16-18 to discuss how to maintain infrastructure facilities in disadvantaged areas. The workshop also saw the participation of Deputy Minister and Vice Chairman of the Government’s Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs Son Phuoc Hoan and Fiona Quinn from the Embassy of Ireland in Vietnam. During the three day event, participants shared their experience in maintaining small-scale facilities in disadvantaged areas, which have benefited from the Government’s Programme 135 on developing isolated and mountainous areas. They highlighted the importance of involving local authorities, communities and diverse financial resources, especially in the construction, management and operation of the facilities. They also discussed solutions to deal with the difficulties faced by localities, including the establishment or improvement of the … [Read more...]

Quang Nam focuses on modern rural area development

Authorities at all levels in the central province of Quang Nam have devised concrete measures to accelerate modern rural area building in 2015, said Le Muon from the Steering Committee of the provincial programme. The locality has mobilised various resources for upgrading and building basic infrastructure facilities, particularly in communes striving to be recognised as modern rural areas this year. According to Huynh Tan Duc, Director of the provincial Department of Agricultural and Rural Development, publicity campaigns have been conducted across the province to raise awareness of the programme among communities, especially in remote areas. The campaigns also help facilitate access to information about outstanding individuals and units as role models, and promote effective and successful projects in the locality. The province has strengthened their management and monitoring of the programme implementation process to address difficulties facing rural areas. As many as 14 … [Read more...]

Preparation proves key to Vietnam’s success post TPP

Ngo Duc Manh, Deputy Chairman of The National Assembly’s External Affairs Committee, shines a light on negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and Vietnam’s on-going preparations to optimise efficiency once the country joins this landmark partnership. Do you expect that the TPP will wrap up negotiations late this year? Unlike most other bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, the coverage scope of the TPP is both wide and deep. Therefore, negotiations have taken place in a discreet fashion, particularly with regard to the US. The TPP can hardly be signed if the 11 remaining parties cannot find a common voice in negotiations with the word’s leading economy, the US. Luckily, things turned out smoothly, as the US Congress recently agreed to authorise the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), allowing President Barack Obama to negotiate trade agreements in Asia and elsewhere. Could you elaborate on the TPA’s significance? This generally … [Read more...]

HCM City faces aging population

Ho Chi Minh City is likely face numerous difficulties in population management in the next five years due to a rapidly aging population, as heard at a recent conference in the city. The birth rate in the city is as low as 1.32 percent, compared to 1.9 percent nationally, which could directly impact the population structure with the decreasing proportion of young people and the imbalance between working ages and the elderly. Furthermore, unstable population and family planning organisation, insufficient social investment, uneven population distribution and the increasing number of migrants are posing challenges to the city, according to Doctor Tran Van Tri, Deputy Head of the municipal Population-Family Planning Division. He added that the city will focus its efforts on addressing major issues such as abortion and gender imbalance in the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, Director of the local Health Department Nguyen Tan Binh suggested supporting areas with high rates of migrants … [Read more...]

Aging population in Ho Chi Minh City

A medical worker gives blood pressure examination to an elderly (Photo: VNA) Ho Chi Minh City is likely face numerous difficulties in population management in the next five years due to a rapidly aging population, as heard at a recent conference in the city. The birth rate in the city is as low as 1.32 percent, compared to 1.9 percent nationally, which could directly impact the population structure with the decreasing proportion of young people and the imbalance between working ages and the elderly. Furthermore, unstable population and family planning organisation, insufficient social investment, uneven population distribution and the increasing number of migrants are posing challenges to the city, according to Doctor Tran Van Tri, Deputy Head of the municipal Population-Family Planning Division. He added that the city will focus its efforts on addressing major issues such as abortion and gender imbalance in the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, Director of the local Health … [Read more...]

10 outstanding provinces in rural development movement to be awarded

The Hanoitimes - The Steering Committee for national target programme of building new-style rural areas held a conference in Hanoi on July 8 to review operations in the first half of 2015 and implement tasks in the last 6 months of the year. Up to now, 889 communes and 5 districts nationwide have been recognised as new-style rural areas. Addressing the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh, who is also head of the Steering Committee for this national target programme, said ensuring rural modernisation means to guarantee other issues on politics, economics and society. In the coming time, the committee will urge localities to fulfill the set criteria, including construction of infrastructure and public works, production capacity improvement, environmental protection and cultural preservation. By the end of this year, 20% of communes nationwide are expected to become new-style rural areas. The committee will complete the mid-term plan for 2016 and 2020 for the … [Read more...]

Social News 9/7

3,115 heart surgeries for children conducted in past 10 years The Children's Hospital No.1 in Ho Chi Minh City July 7 held a meeting to review the program of heart surgery for children in the past 10 years. Since 2004 to date, the hospital has performed heart surgeries for 3,115 children including 645 serious inborn heart diseases and for 125 neonates contributing to reduce the fatality rate from 7.7 percent in 2004 to 1.1 percent in 2014. The hospital has conducted from simple cases of heart diseases including Atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect to complicated congenital heart diseases like tetralogy of Fallot, partial atrioventricular canal defects, transposition of great vessals which patients had to travel abroad for treatment. The hospital has over 1,400 beds and receives over 1.5 million patients for examination and admits 95,000 inpatients every year. It can examine 7,000 children per day. It is scheduled by 2016, the hospital will have additional 1,000 beds for … [Read more...]

Government News 9/7

Army welcomes guests from Lao military training department Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Nguyen Quoc Khanh received a visiting delegation from the Training Department under the General Staff Department of the Lao People’s Army in Hanoi on July 8. Lieutenant General Khanh spoke highly of the outcomes of the cooperation between the two sides’ training departments in the past, including exchanges of delegations and expertise, the Quan doi Nhan dan (People’s Army) daily reported. The Vietnamese side also provided training for Lao athletes and coaches in shooting, football and volleyball, Khanh said, adding that leaders of the Vietnamese General Staff continuously provided optimum conditions for the two training departments to collaborate effectively, ultimately serving defence and security missions in their nations. Colonel Khampieo Phimmasone, Director of the Lao department, said members of the delegation had gained valuable … [Read more...]