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...]

Lang Son strengthens efforts for modern rural development

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh speaks at the working session with Lang Son authorities on August 26. (Image credit: baochinhphu.vn) NDO – The northern mountainous province of Lang Son has strengthened efforts to achieve the target of having at least 13 communes in the locality meeting all criteria for new rural development by the year end set by the national target programme on modern rural development. The information was announced at a working session on August 26 between Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh and key leaders of Lang Son province on the implementation of the national target programme on new rural area development in association with sustainable poverty reduction in the locality. According to Ly Vinh Quang, Vice Chairman of Lang Son provincial People’s Committee, the province has focused on developing agro-forestry production models to improve the material life of farmers. To date, there have been 119 models in 50 communes (out of 207 communes) with more than … [Read more...]

Lai Chau urged to promote security and order protection movement

NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong receives key leaders of 22 communes in Lai Chau province. (Credit: quochoi.vn) NDO - Leaders of all communes in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau need to promote their leadership and direction role, particularly in expanding the security and order protection movement, in order to ensure socio-political stability and preserve national border sovereignty. The National Assembly (NA)Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong made the request at her reception in Hanoi on August 26 for leaders of 22 communes, representing 105 communes, wards and towns in the province, who have made outstanding achievements in directing security and protection of order. Addressing the reception, the NA Vice Chairwoman praised the great achievements in socio-economic development and ensuring security and order that the army and people of Lai Chau province have made over the past years. Despite difficulties, the province’s leaders and people have united to create … [Read more...]

Ways sought to draw investment in agriculture, rural development

Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn Experts in agriculture and rural development gathered in Ho Chi Minh City on August 25 to discuss ways to draw investment in rural development under the National Target Programme on new-style rural area building for the 2010-2020 period. Head of the board for new-style rural area building of northern Quang Ninh province Truong Cong Ngan called for sustainable and concrete incentives to encourage enterprises’ investment in the sector. Pham Quoc Doanh from the Steering Committee for Enterprise Reform and Development highlighted the difficulties facing enterprises in investment in the agriculture sector, saying that most of available incentives have been offered to the industry sector. Echoing Doanh’s opinion on the obstacles in modernising agriculture, Ho Xuan Hung, Chairman of the General Assembly of Vietnam Agriculture and Rural Development pointed to the small-scale production as a key factor to inefficiency and high risks facing the sector. As … [Read more...]

Firms ignore rural potential

Farmers in Thanh Dong Commune, Vinh Long Province tend to sweet potatoes imported from Japan. Authorities in the commune expect to increase income per capita to VND26 million a year. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue HCM CITY (VNS) — Despite being seen as the decisive factor in achieving sustainable rural development, the business sector still remained largely an untapped power, experts said at a conference yesterday to discuss the subject. In fact, the number of businesses investing in rural development actually went down from 1.6 per cent in 2007 to less than one per cent in 2014. Almost five years after the implementation of a national target programme on new rural development, total investment now amounts to VND851.8 trillion (about US$38 billion). Of this, only 4.9 per cent came from the business sector, failing to reflect the sector's potential by a long shot, said the Central Coordination Office on New Rural Development. A report by the General Statistics Office … [Read more...]

Cao Bang urged to facilitate modern rural development

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh urges Cao Bang province to have at least one commune reaching all 19 set criteria for new rural development by the year’s end. (Image credit: VGP) NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh led a government delegation to visit and work with northern Cao Bang province’s key leaders on poverty reduction and implementation of the National Target Programme on Modern Rural Development in the locality. At the meeting, Chairman of Cao Bang provincial People’s Committee Hoang Xuan Anh stated that the past few years have witnessed strong socio-economic growth and development in business environment and investment in the province. During the 2011-2014 period, budget collection increased from VND600 billion in 2010 to nearly VND1.2 trillion in 2014, an average growth of 17.6%. The trade service system continues to be expanded, while the border gate economic development programme has been innovated to facilitate trade, import and exports via the … [Read more...]

Prime Minister urges more effective implementation of social welfare policies

PM Nguyen Tan Dung speaks at the conference. (VGP) NDO - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked ministries, sectors and localities across the country to effectively implement social welfare policies, as well as pay more attention to improving the lives of people. The PM made the request in Hanoi on August 13 while chairing a national teleconference on reviewing the three-year implementation of the government’s action plan on implementing Resolution No.15-NQ/TW of the Party Central Committee on a number of issues relating to social policies for the 2012-2020 period. More effective measures should be devised to achieve the highest results in implementing targets and indicators on ten areas: policies for national contributors; job creation; poverty reduction programmes; social insurance; social support; education and vocational training; healthcare; housing; clean water and sanitation; and information, said the PM. He also asked for the mobilisation of resources to realise … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Ninh surveys modern rural development projects in Ha Nam

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh visits a 20ha vegetable-planting project by An Phu Hung company in Ly Nhan district. (Image credit: VGP) NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh led a government delegation on a working visit to the northern province of Ha Nam on August 10 to inspect modern rural construction and sustainable poverty reduction in the locality. According to statistics announced by local authorities at the meeting with Deputy PM Ninh, the province's economic structure has shifted positively, with industry and construction accounting for 58% of business, services 29.4%, and agro-forestry-fishery 12.6 %. Per capita income increased at an average of 30.34% and is estimated at over VND42 million this year, exceeding the set target at the provincial Party Congress. In the field of investment promotion, Ha Nam is among five leading localities in attracting foreign investors, mainly from Japan and the Republic of Korea, with a total newly-registered capital of nearly VND23.6 … [Read more...]

VFF President works with MONRE on climate change response

VFF President speaks at the meeting. (Credit: VOV) NDO – Politburo member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Nguyen Thien Nhan had a meeting on responses to climate change on August 7 in Hanoi with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). Addressing the meeting, VFF President Nhan asked the MONRE to work with the VFF on realising the two sides’ collaboration plan for the 2012-2016 period, particularly in work related to land, water, sea and island resources; response to climate change; oversight work on environmental protection and natural resources’ use and management; communication plans on environmental protection, and responses to climate change in the 2016-2020 period. The VFF has planned to organise a conference in November to review the involvement of Christian followers in environmental protection and devise a plan on coordinating environmental protection activities for the VFF, the MONRE and religious groups, Nhan … [Read more...]

Thai Nguyen: Over 1 trillion VND for new-style rural area building

Illustrative image (Photo:VNA) The northern mountainous province of Thai Nugyen has allocated over 1 trillion VND (46 million USD) from the State budget so far this year for its new-style rural area building. Of the sum, 100 billion VND (4.58 million USD) comes from Government bonds and 226 billion VND (10.36 million USD) has been sourced from the provincial coffers. Thai Nguyen is striving to have 42 communes, or 29.4 percent of its communes, fulfil the new-style rural area criteria this year. Hoang Cuong Quoc, Head of the provincial Coordination Office for the new-style rural area building programme, said the implementation has involved the participation of agencies, localities, local residents and businesses. The province has also mobilised different resources for the programme, he said, adding that capital from credit institutions, enterprises and the community worth over 6.4 trillion VND (293.3 million USD) has been rallied over the past three years. This year, 81 … [Read more...]

Rural, agricultural, fishery census to be conducted next year

Craftswomen in a rural area NDO/VNA - A national census on rural areas and agricultural and fishery production will be conducted nationwide from July 1 to 30 next year, aiming to collect basic information on agricultural and rural areas for socio-economic policy and strategy planning. The census focuses on three key contents – agricultural, forestry, salt and fishery production; rural conditions; and rural population. The survey on agricultural, forestry, salt and fishery production will collect information on the number of production units; labourers and the labour structure of each sector, production scale and capacity of production units; restructuring progress as well as; impacts of agricultural production on the environment, among other things. The rural area survey will look into rural economic structure and the restructuring process, socio-economic infrastructure development; impacts of climate change and sea level rise; rural environment and data relating to the … [Read more...]

PM confident 2015 goals are within reach

Workers load and unload containers at Sai Gon Port in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu HA NOI (VNS)— The 2015 socio-economic goals were feasible based on the past seven-month performance and provided efforts continued to be made, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said at the monthly Government meeting in Ha Noi yesterday. Reports at the meeting said positive developments had been seen in most fields, with a more stable macro-economy, controlled inflation and growth buoyed by manufacturing and processing, coupled with improved total demand and purchasing power in both the domestic and export markets. In his speech, the PM demanded continuing synchronous and effective measures set from the onset of this year. Each sector must choose their own core and breakthrough stages to achieve as many goals as possible, especially those related to growth, he said. He agreed to the tasks set forth by the Ministry of Planning and Investment in its January-July socio-economic report, … [Read more...]

PM says 2015 socio-economic goals feasible

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (Source: VNA) The 2015 socio-economic goals are feasible based on the past seven-month performance and provided efforts continue to be made, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the remarks at the monthly Government’s meeting in Hanoi on July 31. Reports at the meeting said positive developments have been seen in most fields, with a more stable macro-economy, controlled inflation and growth buoyed by manufacturing and processing, coupled with improved total demand and purchasing power in both the domestic and export markets. In his speech, the PM demanded continuing synchronous and effective measures set from the onset of this year. Each sector must choose their own core and breakthrough stages to achieve as many goals as possible, especially those related to growth, he said. He agreed to the tasks set forth by the Ministry of Planning and Investment in its January-July socio-economic report, including pushing forward with improving business … [Read more...]

Phu Yen targets modern rural area building

The southern central coastal province of Phu Yen aims to have at least 20 communes recognised as modern rural areas, said Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Pham Dinh Cu. During a working session with Auditor General of the State Audit Office of Vietnam Nguyen Huu Van on the implementation of the national target programme on building new-style rural areas in the province on July 31, Cu said the province will focus its investments on developing infrastructure facilities and restructuring the agricultural sector. Local authorities also called for doubled annual funding for the province with some 100 billion VND (4.67 million USD) sourced from Government bonds and between 150-200 billion VND (6.9 - 9.3 million USD) from the official development assistance (ODA) sources. Auditor General Van hailed the province’s remarkable achievements in building local modern rural areas. He suggested the locality focus on the basic criteria of planning, transport, … [Read more...]

PM believes 2015 socio-economic goals are feasible

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung NDO/VNA - The 2015 socio-economic goals are feasible based on the past seven-month performance and provided efforts, which continue to be made, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung remarked at the monthly Government meeting in Hanoi on July 31. Reports analysed at the meeting indicate that positive developments have been seen in most fields, with a more stable macro-economy, controlled inflation and growth maintained by manufacturing and processing, coupled with the improved total demand and purchasing power in both the domestic and export markets. In his speech, the PM demanded that synchronous and effective measures are continued, which have been implemented from the onset of this year. Each sector must choose their own core and breakthrough stages to successfully achieve as many targets as possible, especially those related to growth, he said. He agreed to the tasks set forth by the Ministry of Planning and Investment in its January-July … [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...]