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...]

Adding more 400,000 USD to build new rural areas

The Hanoitimes - Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has agreed to add 414,676 USD to the project funded by the United Nation (UN) supporting the national target programme on building new-style rural areas. The funding has been sourced from non-refundable aid provided by the UN One Plan Fund. The UN designated its Joint Project to provide technical support for the rural programme in Vietnam. Photo for illustration The Joint Project, which is approved by the Prime Minister on February 7, 2014, has a budget of 1.39 million USD, of which 1.1 million USD come from the UN’s non-refundable official assistance. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is the executive agency of the project. The project aims to provide a high-quality professional and technical support of for the national target programme on building new rural areas to develop the potential of the rural areas of Vietnam. The national target programme on building new-style rural areas, initiated … [Read more...]

New investment to build new rural areas

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has recently given the green light to an addition of 414,676 USD to an UN-funded project supporting the national target programme on building new-style rural areas. Illustrative image - Source: VNA The funding has been sourced from non-refundable aid provided by the UN One Plan Fund. The UN designated its Joint Project to provide technical support for the rural programme in Vietnam. Approved by local Government on February 7, 2014, the Joint Project has a budget of 1.39 million USD, of which 1.1 million USD come from the UN’s non-refundable official assistance. The national target programme on building new-style rural areas, initiated by the Government in 2010, sets 19 criteria on socio-economic development, politics, and defence, aiming to modernise rural areas. The criteria cover the development of infrastructure, the improvement of production capacities, environmental protection, and the promotion of cultural values. The country … [Read more...]

Officials, people hail Party Central Committee election

Officials, Party members and people nationwide have expressed their trust in the new crop of Vietnamese leaders who were elected to the 12 th Party Central Committee during the ongoing 12th National Party Congress in Hanoi on January 26. Delegates cast ballots at the Congress. Vu Ngoc Hoang, permanent deputy head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, said the outcome of the Party Central Committee election reflects democracy, consensus and a renewal in Party activities. The nomination of officials outside of the candidate list is an improved democratic step, he said, adding that almost all cities and provinces have had officials elected to the Committee. He believes that the new leadership will steer the country across sectors comprehensively toward firmly safeguarding national sovereignty and maintaining an environment of peace in service of development. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, hailed personnel … [Read more...]

Congress announces new Party Central Committee members

Leaders of the State, Party and Government vote for the new Party Central Committee, which has 200 members. — VNA/VNS Photo HA NOI (VNS) — The list of newly-elected members of the 12th Party Central Committee was announced yesterday afternoon at a plenary session of the 12th National Party Congress. The Congress has approved the voting results for the new Party Central Committee, which has 200 members, including 180 official members and 20 alternate ones. Nguyen Phu Trong, Party General Secretary in the 11th tenure, is among the 180 official members. Readers can see the full list of PCC members at vietnamnews.vn. The afternoon working session took place under the leadership of Politburo member and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. Politburo member and Secretary of the Party Central Committee Dinh The Huynh, who is also head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Information and Education, presented a report on acquiring delegates' feedback on the … [Read more...]

Quang Binh forms more new-style rural areas

Authorities in central Quang Binh province has recognised two more new-style rural communes under the national target programme on building new-style rural areas, initiated by the Government in 2010. The recognition of Quang Thanh and Quang Trach communes bring the total localities realising new-style rural criteria in Quang Binh to 30 or almost 22 percent of the total 141 local communes. In recent years, Quang Binh has mobilised all resources to help build these areas, with local community alone contributing over 450 billion VND (20.25 million USD). Photo for illustration: quangbinhtoday.com Currently, an average commune fulfils 12.2 criteria of the programme, while 70 communes have realised the income criterion, and 76 communes ensure the rate of labourers with regular jobs. The national target programme on building new-style rural areas, initiated by the Government in 2010, sets 19 criteria on socio-economic development, politics, and defence, aiming to modernise rural … [Read more...]

Government directs allocating capital for new rural area programme in 2016

The Hanoitimes - The Prime Minister has asked the People’s Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities to allocate the State budget for the implementation of the national target programme on building new-style rural areas this year. Accordingly, the State budget will be prioritised for communes meeting extreme difficulties, and border, island and coastal communes. In particular, resources will be allocated to the communes which had achieved only below five out of the 19 criteria set for being recognised as new-style rural areas. Proper investment will be prioritised for communes that had achieved over 15 out of the 19 set criteria, especially those communes that have yet completed such fundamental infrastructure as roads, electricity network, school, clinic stations, water supply facilities, and irrigation work. Vietnam targets to reach 50% of all communes nationwide meeting all the requirements at the end of 2020. The centrally-run cities and provinces were … [Read more...]

Plan to tackle water shortages approved

HA NOI (VNS) — People in mountainous areas and regions lacking clean water in 41 provinces nationwide will get access to groundwater of standard quality. The environment and natural resources ministry's National Centre for Water Resource Planning and Survey announced this, following the minister's approval of the content and estimated cost of a project to discover groundwater resources for local residents living in mountainous areas and elsewhere where water was scarce in mid-December. The project will survey and identify groundwater resources, where the reserves and quality can meet the requirements for domestic use, and prepare a map of groundwater resources available in areas where the project is being implemented. The project will be carried in two phases during the 2015-2017 and 2018-2020 periods. General Director of the centre Tong Ngoc Thanh said in areas where the project was being implemented, people faced several difficulties such as a serious scarcity of water. In … [Read more...]

Locals in 426 mountainous areas to access clean water

Mountainous regions and areas facing a scarcity of water in 41 provinces nationwide will access groundwater resources meeting national standards of water quality, according to the National Centre for Water Resources Planning and Investigation under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. A project seeking out groundwater resources in mountainous areas facing water scarcity from 2015 to 2020 aims to bring clean water to residents in these areas, and build water resource maps. The centre’s general director Tong Ngoc Thanh said locals in target areas have been confronted with serious water shortages. This is an urgent project, Thanh stressed, adding that that it is necessary to build sustainable water supply facilities in all these areas. The project is expected to help communities manage their use of water resources and protect the environment, contributing to the National Target Programmes on Clean Water and Sanitation in rural areas and new-style rural areas … [Read more...]

Water project to tackle scarcity in mountainous areas

. In many mountainous areas, the residents have to travel dozens of kilometres to get water. The project will give the local people a chance to access to groundwater of standard quality. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Trieu HA NOI (VNS) — People in mountainous areas and regions lacking clean water in 41 provinces nationwide will get access to groundwater of standard quality. The environment and natural resources ministry's National Centre for Water Resource Planning and Investigation announced this, following the minister's approval of the content and estimated cost of a project to discover groundwater resources for local residents living in mountainous areas and elsewhere where water was scarce in mid-December. The project will investigate and identify groundwater resources, where the reserves and quality can meet the requirements for domestic use, and prepare a map of groundwater resources available in areas where the project is being implemented. The project will be … [Read more...]

Capital allocation for new rural area programme in 2016

The Prime Minister has ordered the People’s Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities to allocate the State budget for the implementation of the national target programme on building new-style rural areas in 2016. A rural road is upgraded as part of the national target programme on building new-style rural areas - Photo: VNA Accordingly, resources will be prioritised for communes facing extreme difficulties, and border, island and coastal communes, particularly the communes that had achieved less than five out of the 19 criteria set for being recognised as new-style rural areas. Proper investment will be prioritised for communes that had achieved over 15 out of the 19 set criteria, particularly those communes that have yet completed such fundamental infrastructure as roads, electricity network, school, clinic stations, water supply facilities, and irrigation work. For the communes that had been recognised as new-style rural areas, the PM asked the centrally-run … [Read more...]

PM: Health sector makes strides in public health care

The health sector has made great strides in protecting public health, contributing to the country’s socio-economic development, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the Health Ministry’s teleconference on January 15. For 2016-2020 tasks, PM Dung asked the sector to improve preventive and primary health care to ensure everyone has access to quality medical services, as well as taking initiative in preventing diseases from entering Vietnam and intensifying supervisions in order to early detect any arising diseases. It is necessary to ensure food safety and increase the quality of communal medical clinics, he said, adding that provinces also need to develop the family doctor model to meet locals’ primary health care demands. The Government leader also urged hospitals to boost coordination and develop satellite hospital networks to reduce overloads. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung addressing the event. Photo: suckhoedoisong.vn He emphasised the need to equip … [Read more...]

Vietnam succeeds in building new-style rural areas: conference

The National Target Programme on New Rural Development (NTP-NRD) in Vietnam from 2011-2015 recorded stellar achievements reported a conference to review the UN Joint Project to support the programme (UNJP/VIE/051/UNJ) in the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh on January 12th. As many as 1,526 communes and 15 districts nationwide completed all 19 criteria designed for being recognised as new-style rural areas. Average per capita income in rural areas increased 1.9 times compared to 2010 and the rate of communes completing the set criteria is on the rise. Experts from the UN’s organisations, the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Steering Committee for UNJP/VIE/051/UNJ said the UN project remarkably contributed to these successes. (Photo for illustration: laocai.gov.vn) The project has provided support in different fields such as aquaculture, breeding, post-harvest, cultivation, forestation, and irrigation, while assisting design … [Read more...]

Vietnam succeeds in building new rural areas

(VOVworld) - The National Target Programme on New Rural Development in Vietnam from 2011-2015 recorded stellar achievements, reported a conference to review the UN Joint Project to support the programme in Hoa Binh province on Tuesday. (Photo: VNA) This year, the project will continue making policy and mechanism proposals to effectively implement the new rural development program, boost commercial links among farmers and suppliers and distributors, thus creating a value chain for safe and high-quality farm produces. The UN Joint Project to support new rural development is a technical support project, joined by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) – the coordinator of the project, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV). The agencies are joining their efforts and expertise to … [Read more...]

Thousands of communes recognised as new rural areas

More than 1,000 communes nation-wide were recognised as new rural areas in 2015, and the average income per capita in rural areas increased 1.9 times compared with 2010. — VNA Photo Ho Cau HOA BINH (VNS) — More than 1,500 out of 9,043 communes and 15 out of 545 districts nationwide were recognised as new rural areas in 2015. This was announced at a conference held in the northern province of Hoa Binh yesterday to review the United Nations Joint Programme to support new rural development (UNJP/VIE/051). The representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Viet Nam and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said despite difficulties, Viet Nam's National Target Programme on New Rural Development (NTP-NRD) in the period 2011-15 was successful. The average income per capita in rural areas had reached VND24.4 million (nearly US$1,100) per year, increasing 1.9 times compared with 2010, and the number of communes meeting the … [Read more...]

Vietnam succeeds in building new-style areas: conference

The National Target Programme on New Rural Development (NTP-NRD) in Vietnam from 2011-2015 recorded stellar achievements, reported a conference to review the UN Joint Project to support the programme (UNJP/VIE/051/UNJ) in the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh on January 12. As many as 1,526 communes and 15 districts nationwide completed all 19 criteria designed for being recognised as new-style rural areas. Average per capita income in rural areas increased 1.9 times compared to 2010 and the rate of communes completing the set criteria is on the rise. Experts from the UN’s organisations, the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Steering Committee for UNJP/VIE/051/UNJ said the UN project remarkably contributed to these successes. The project has provided support in different fields such as aquaculture, breeding, post-harvest, cultivation, forestation, and irrigation, while assisting design and policy recommendations for mobilising … [Read more...]

Public healthcare goes long way after “Doi Moi”

Vietnam’s healthcare has gone a long way since the "Doi Moi" (Renewal) Process 30 years ago with improved service quality and equality. The mortality rate of children aged under one fell from 44.4 per 1,000 in 1990 to 15.2 per 1,000 in 2014, while the under-five mortality rate dropped more than half over the past two decades, from 58 per 1,000 in 1990 to 22.9 per 1,000 in 2014. The maternal death rate fell two-thirds from 233 per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 60 per 100,000 births in 2014. The country’s HIV infection rate has been reduced to below 0.3 percent as targeted by the National Target Programme on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control from 2004 – 2010, while outbreaks of SARS, A/H5N1 and dengue fever have been contained. A doctor providing check-up for a patient at Nam Nhoong commune's medical station in Que Phong district, Nghe An province The network of communal healthcare units has been expanded with over 11,500 commune-based medical stations spreading … [Read more...]

Vietnam makes social security progress

Vietnam has made remarkable progress in ensuring social security during its Doi Moi (renewal) process thanks to the sound leadership of the Party and State. The country has recorded significant achievements in implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially in eliminating hunger and reducing poverty, and improving living standards. Reducing poverty is an important goal of the Vietnamese Party and State, and the Party maintains its view that economic growth must go together with ensuring human rights and meeting the basic demands of the people. The State’s policies and laws on social development are the result of the Party’s guidelines and the country’s socio-economic development strategies, contributing to ensuring the targets of equality and social advancement. Social polices aim to guarantee the basic rights of the people. The State plays a key role in carrying out social policies and ensuring social security, especially for the poor, the … [Read more...]

Reduction of greenhouse gas in the construction industry

Over the past many years, the Vietnamese government, ministries, and sectors have been implementing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). Specifically in late 2012, in Decision No.1775/QD–TTg, the prime minister approved a scheme on managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and activities on trading certified emissions reductions (CERs) in the international market. NAMAs are regarded as an effective solution to reducing GHGs and a good opportunity for developing nations to respond to climate change. NAMAs can also help these nations receive technical and financial support and technology transfered from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Bali Action Plan issued in 2007. Massive GHG emissions from economic and social activities, including construction, have been the biggest contributor to global climate change. In developed nations such as South Korea and Japan, NAMAs have been deployed since 2007, putting a particular stress … [Read more...]