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...]

New countryside programme, sci-tech development under review

The 13th National Assembly (NA)’s Standing Committee convened its 48th session in Hanoi on May 25 with the national target programme on new-style rural area building and science-technology development policies being the first to come under discussion. NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan presides over the meeting - Source: VNA NA Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien said the national target programme, carried out since 2010, has given a facelift to rural areas with upgraded transport systems and social infrastructure, as well as the improved material and spiritual life of local residents. The Government and relevant ministries reported on the programme implementation to a NA delegation which has also supervised the work in six out of the 28 provinces inspected. Looking into a report on the outcomes of the supervision, many participants said it is necessary to press on with communications to raise local officials and residents’ awareness of the programme. They pointed out the … [Read more...]

NA Standing Committee adopts two resolutions

Hanoi, May 25 (VNA) – The 13th National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee adopted two resolutions on standards and classification of administrative units and classification of urban areas at its one-day 48 th session on May 25. According to head of the NA’s Law Committee Phan Trung Ly, urban areas will be classified based on five criteria; including socio-economic development level, infrastructure and architectural landscape development, social infrastructure, essential technical infrastructure and environmental hygiene, and flood control and greenery. The committee also heard a preliminary report by the National Election Council on the results of the election of deputies to the 14 th National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils for the 2016-2021 tenure. Earlier, the NA Standing Committee gave comments on reports on the supervision of the implementation of the national target programme on building new-style rural areas between 2010-2015 and policies and … [Read more...]

GE, MoIT develop 1,000MW wind energy

MoU on resort expansion signed Vietjet inks $11.3 billion deal with Boeing Obama to meet young entrepreneurs at Dreamplex Obama arrives in Viet Nam for 3-day visit Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and his US President Barack Obama witnessed the signing ceremony. — Photo VNA HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and General Electric (GE) in Ha Noi signed on May 23 a Memorandum of Understanding to accelerate the development of renewable energy in Viet Nam. Accordingly, the two parties aimed to develop a minimum of 1,000MW of new wind farms by 2025. The farms are expected to ensure energy to approximately 1.8 million Vietnamese homes. Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and United States President Barack Obama witnessed the signing ceremony. Under the agreement, the US-based global power corporation would utilise its global wind development expertise and work with domestic developers to identify potential projects. GE would support the … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s MoIT and GE to cooperate on 1,000MW wind energy in Vietnam

GE (NYSE: GE) has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT). The MOU calls for collaboration in accelerating the development of renewable energy in Vietnam. Accordingly, the ultimate purpose of both parties is to develop a minimum of 1,000MW of new wind farms by 2025. This represents enough energy to power the equivalent of approximately 1.8 million Vietnamese homes. Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and US President Barack Obama witnessed the signing ceremony. Under the agreement, GE, a US based global corporation with more than 20 years of experience operating in Vietnam, will utilise its global wind development expertise and work with local developers to identify potential projects. Furthermore, GE will support the implementation of Vietnam's national target programme through local manufacturing of wind turbine equipment and components at GE's Haiphong facility, plus collaboration with other local … [Read more...]

Solutions to climate change, dioxin issues invented: researchers

Many scientific and technological solutions have been invented and applied in the past five years to cope with climate change and settle Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin consequences in Vietnam. Minister Tran Hong Ha speaks at the meeting on May 20 (Photo: They are the results of a science and technology programme that serves the national target programme on climate change response, and another on researching measures to address the consequences of AO/dioxin used by the US during the Vietnam War. The two programmes, carried out from 2011 to 2015, were reviewed at a meeting in Hanoi on May 20. Addressing the event, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha said the climate-related programme (KHCN-BDKH/11-15) has helped forecast the impacts of the global phenomenon and worked out climate change mitigation, adaptation and response measures. Meanwhile, the other programme (KHCN-33/11-15) has provided more information about the influence of … [Read more...]

NA Chairwoman welcomes first new-style rural district in Can Tho

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan congratulated Phong Dien on being the first new-style rural district in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho at a ceremony held on May 17 to announce the status. She lauded local authorities’ effective initiatives for planning and infrastructure development. In addition to large-scale agricultural production, the city has organised farm trips for tourists, helping retain the beauty of local villages, she said, considering the model an example for other localities. NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan at the ceremony to mark Phong Dien district becoming the first new-style rural district in Can Tho city Ngan noted that Phong Dien has utilised available financial sources to invest in rural infrastructure, adding that future action plans and programmes designed by local authorities ought to include particular tasks and standards to improve the quality of criteria for a new-style rural area rather than just fulfilling the criteria. In … [Read more...]

Hanoi’s new-style rural development to boost the role of farmers

The Hanoitimes - Hanoi Party Committee and the muncipal People`s Committee organised a conference on May 12 to review the national target programme on building new-style rural areas in the city between 2011 and 2015. The national target programme on building new-style rural areas implemented in the capital of Hanoi has achieved outstanding results in the past five years. At present, the city tops the country in the number of communes gaining new-style rural status. Hanoi Party Secretary Hoang Trung Hai speaks at the conference. All communes across the city have completed new rural construction plans, with 201 out of the total 386 fulfilling all of the programme’s criteria. Particularly, Dan Phuong district was recognised as the first new-style rural district while districts of Thanh Tri, Dong Anh and Hoai Duc are submitting appeals to the Prime Minister to gain the status. Hanoi has completed and exceeded targets on improving farmers’ living standards with the … [Read more...]

Farmers play central role in new-style rural development

Hanoi, May 13 (VNA) – Hanoi should promote the role of farmers in developing modern rural areas from infrastructure and production to healthcare, education and culture. Secretary of the municipal Party’s Committee Hoang Trung Hai made the comments at a conference in Hanoi on May 12 to review the national target programme on building new-style rural areas between 2016 and 2020. He urged the capital to mobilise budgetary resources and encourage organisations, businesses and individuals to speed up building infrastructure in rural areas, especially in the fields of environment, wastewater treatment, and clean water supply. He called for restructuring agriculture and boosting the use of high technology to develop production value chains. The official suggested increasing the criteria for sustainable rural development, while preserving and promoting unique culture and customs. Participants highlighted effective rural development models and pointed out some shortcomings … [Read more...]

Social News 12/5

HCM City needs VND2 trillion for flood control projects this year The Steering Center for Flood Control of HCMC (SCFC) has said the city will need at least VND2 trillion (US$89.8 million) to fund flood control projects this year. The center said that of the 56 projects planned for dealing with flood-prone streets in the city, a dozen projects would get underway this year and three would be completed by 2017. Eight projects were completed in 2015. Projects expected to reduce flooding at hotspots in the rainy season last year included a drainage system for Do Xuan Hop Street in District 9, improvement of a drainage system for the Kinh Duong Vuong Street section from Phu Lam to An Lac Roundabout, dredging Dong Tien Canal in District 12, the first phase of a drainage system improvement and pollution reduction project for Tham Luong-Ben Cat-Rach Nuoc Len Canal. SCFC said dredging of a drainage channel from Tan Son Nhat airport to Nguyen Kiem Street, construction of a drainage system … [Read more...]

Social News 2/5

Stone-carrying lorries stir up dust, loud noise Heavy lorries carrying stones have been driving around the clock and making a terrible and dusty environment in Phú Mãn Commune, in Hà Nội's Quốc Oai District. Over recent years hundreds of households in the commune, 30km from Hà Nội's centre, have suffered from serious pollution, but local authorities have not helped them. Stone exploitation at local mines was to blame according to local residents; some enterprises have been licensed to exploit stone since 2007. Before 2007, the environment of the six villages in Phú Mãn Commune was healthy, local residents said. Things started to get worse when stone mining began. Local people's daily activities were affected as were schools and health centres by the loud lorries. The 2.7 km main road linking the commune centre with the villages was seriously damaged, causing traffic jams. Early last year, Quốc Oai District authorities invested money from the local budget to upgrade the … [Read more...]

Solutions to waste disposal problem in rural areas proposed

Nam Dinh, April 29 (VNA) – Various waste treatment solutions were proposed at a workshop in Nam Dinh province on April 28 as many rural areas across the country are grappling with environmental pollution. The function was held by the Central Steering Committee for the national target programme on new countryside. It attracted officials from 12 provinces and cities who shared the concern that environmental pollution in many rural areas has reached an alarming level. According to the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), about 67 percent of Vietnam’s population are living in rural areas. They produce more than 13 million tonnes of waste, 1.3 million cubic metres of waste water and 7.5 tonnes of plant protection product containers every year. Over 80 percent of the waste volume has not been collected and treated properly. Meanwhile, about 84 million tonnes of by-products of agricultural activities and chemical fertiliser residue have also contaminated water sources … [Read more...]

National clean water week launched in Thai Nguyen

The national week on rural clean water and environmental hygiene was launched on April 29 in Huong Thuong commune, Dong Hy district, northern Thai Nguyen province, by the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MARD). Speaking at the ceremony, Nguyen Van Tinh, deputy head of the MARD’s General Department of Irrigation, said that the annual event, annually launched by the Prime Minister from April 29-May 6, has spurred a line-up of activities to protect the environment and water resources for the community’s better health. Photo for illustration Tinh also highlighted that from the end of 2014, El Nino has heated up the country, causing critical drought and saline intrusion in south-central, Central Highlands and Mekong delta regions. Drought is forecast to spread to north-central provinces, affecting local livelihoods, he added. Themed clean water and environmental sanitation in response to climate change, the event is organised to raise the public awareness of … [Read more...]

Religious organisations involved in environmental protection

​The steering committee for the programme debuted in Hanoi on April 15, with the participation of dignitaries of the 14 religions in Vietnam, officials of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Presidents of some local VFF chapters, and representatives of the Nordic Assistance to Vietnam organisation. ​Religious organisations in Vietnam are engaging in a coordination programme on environmental protection and climate change response. The steering committee, set up by the VFFCC, aims to promote religious dignitaries' role in and contribution to environmental protection and climate change response efforts. VFFCC President Nguyen Thien Nhan said environmental protection must be based on people, and it only becomes effective when people are fully aware of the benefits of protecting the environment. As there are many religions in Vietnam, the steering committee has to take into account each religion's features … [Read more...]

Power consumption set to increase

Workers at EVN's Ha Dong Electricity Company check power cables. EVN predicted that electricity consumption in the capital would increase sharply this month due to hot weather. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Electricity consumption in the capital city was forecast to sharply increase this month due to extremely hot weather, said the Electricity of Viet Nam Corporation (EVN). The corporation has also warned that households' bills might be much higher due to the high demand of power this summer. According to the weather forecast agency, people would suffer a severe and prolonged hot weather this summer due to El Nino phenomenon. "There would be hot waves this month and June and July. The hottest temperature might be reached to 40 degrees Celsius," the EVN said. "The hot weather would lead to increase of power consumption", it said. At present, the electric price is calculated in progressive scale. So, the more they use the more they have to pay. People are … [Read more...]

Creating Breakthroughs from “Phu Yen Year of Business 2016”

By choosing 2016 as the "Year of Business", Phu Yen province has proven its profound understanding of awareness of business roles in the economy and shown its determination to build an increasingly attractive investment and business environment. Vietnam Business Forum has an interview with Mr Hoang Van Tra, Chairman of Phu Yen Provincial People’s Committee, on local socioeconomic development and efforts for a better investment and business climate, especially in 2016. Quoc Hung reports. Could you please brief us on the remarkable socioeconomic development achievements of Phu Yen province in the past few years? In recent years, global and domestic economic volatility dragged on the province’s socioeconomic development. However, with drastic actions and efforts of local people and businesses, Phu Yen province has witnessed remarkable socioeconomic progress. In 2010-2015, the province’s average annual GRDP growth was 11.5 per cent. The economic structure was shifted … [Read more...]

National Health Target Programme records positive results

The Hanoitimes - The National Health Target Programme between 2011-2015, which was deployed through five projects, with satisfactory results recorded in the project for preventing some dangerous diseases. According to the reports heard a conference in Hanoi on April 13, the national target programmes of the health sector in 2011-2015 period helped raise public awareness of the importance of individual and community health care, curbing the number of patients and deaths caused by dangerous diseases and preventing epidemics. Head of Planning and Finance Department under the Health Ministry Nguyen Nam Lien said the ministry was assigned four programmes targeting health care, ensuring food safety, population and family planning, and HIV/AIDS prevention. Specially, the National Health Target Programme was carried out through five projects, gaining satisfactory results in the project for preventing some dangerous diseases. Illustrative image In the past five years, the health … [Read more...]

Environment matters to rural areas during development

Hanoi, April 14 (VNA) – Environment, a criterion in the national target programme on new countryside development, remains a major challenge facing localities nationwide, to fully realise the Government’s initiative, which is meant to boost rural regions. It is among the shortcomings arising from the implementation of the programme between 2010 and 2015, the supervisory delegation of the National Assembly Standing Committee said at a working session on April 13. The programme, launched in 2010, set out 19 criteria for a new-style rural area covering infrastructure, production, living standards, income, culture and others. The supervisory delegation pointed out the gap in the implementation outcomes among regions. Up to 46.4 percent and 42.8 percent of the communes in the Southeast and the Red River Delta have successfully realised all the criteria, respectively. Meanwhile, the rates are much lower in the northern mountainous region (8.2 percent), the Central … [Read more...]

30 – 35 districts nationwide expected to reach new-style rural area status

The Hanoitimes - Vietnam hopes that around 30 – 35 district-level localities will secure the new-style rural area status by the end of this year. In 2016, the country strives to have about 25% of its communes recognised as new-style rural communes when the national target programme on new countryside has entered the sixth year. The national target programme which was initiated by the Government in 2010, aims to give a facelift to rural regions across the country. Its criteria cover infrastructure, production, living standards, income and culture, among others. A district must have at least 75% of its communes meeting all the 19 criteria in order to receive the title of new rural district. Dan Phuong district in Hanoi city was presented the new-style rural area status in 2015. In order to implement these targets, in 2016, the central steering committee for the programme will ask localities nationwide to further assist the communes having met less than five criteria and … [Read more...]