Nga Bay town, role model in building new-style rural areas in Mekong delta

(VOVworld) – Nga Bay town is the first new-style rural area in Hau Giang province. It has become a role model in new rural development in the Mekong Delta. Nga Bay town received the certificate of new-style rural area in late 2015. In an address, Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the steering committee for new rural development Vu Van Ninh praised the achievements of Hau Giang province and Nga Bay over recent years: "Nga Bay town with a per capita income of roughly 2,000USD in 2015 was the first district-level locality in the Mekong Delta to be recognized as a new-style rural area. It is an honor for the Party committee, administration, and people of Hau Giang province. Nga Bay has contributed significantly to Vietnam’s new rural development." Over 5 years Nga Bay has invested approximately 40 million USD in new rural development, one third of which was state capital and the rest contributed by local businesses and residents. The money was used to build public … [Read more...]

Hau Giang plans clean water funds

HAU GIANG (VNS) — The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang plans to allocate more than VND35 billion (US$1.56 million) to bring clean water to local rural residents in 2016. Under the plan, over 4,000 additional rural households will have access to clean water, raising the rate of rural households supplied with clean water to 88 per cent. The rural clean water programme will be implemented together with other socio-economic development and new-style rural area building programmes, focused on the remote and far-flung areas with crowded population. The province aims to mobilise different resources for the rural clean water programme while offering incentives to investors from other provinces in the sector. The programme is expected to improve the living and health conditions of rural residents while contributing to environmental protection. In 2015, the province spent nearly VND26 billion ($1.16 million) to build water facilities, serving roughly 5,000 households in … [Read more...]

Nearly 1,300 communes recognised meeting new rural area standard

The Hanoitimes - The Central Steering Committee for the National Programme on building new rural area held a conference on December 8 in Hanoi to review its implementation in the 2010-2015 period, map out orientations and tasks for 2016-2020. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh attended the conference. According to the Steering Committee's report, the plans of the programme has basically been completed. The statistics showed that 98.7% of communes nationwide have achieved the criteria on the plan of the new rural area. The country has had 1,298 communes (accounting for 14.5%) recognized to meeting the standard of new rural area. The average number of criteria per commune has been 12.9 (up 8.2 criteria compared with in 2010). At present, 11 districts across the country have received the Prime Minister's decision to recognise as the new … [Read more...]

Social News 7/12

Rescue work continues in search for missing sailors Bad weather is hindering rescue efforts to save four missing sailors from a fishing boat which capsized two days ago in the sea between Hai Phong City and Quang Ninh Province. The boat, captained and owned by Hoang Van Tuyen, 34, capsized at about 4am on Saturday morning due to big waves, throwing all nine members on board at the time into the sea. Two of the sailors were saved by a foreign freight ship passing by the area while a Vietnamese ship nearby had rescued another three after receiving the SOS call from Hai Phong Coast Station. Four remain missing so far, including the youngest one Pham Van Tung, 22, together with Pham Van Hai, 47, Nguyen Van Duong, 43 and Bui Van Thuong, 32. All the ship members come from Hau Loc District in Thanh Hoa Province. Thanh Hoa's Disaster Prevention and Rescue Office Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel Hoang Minh Luyen said that the Viet Nam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre had … [Read more...]

Outstanding localities, organisations in rural development honoured

Hanoi, December 7 (VNA) – Nearly 100 localities and organisations were honoured for remarkable achievements in the rural modernisation drive at a ceremony in Hanoi on December 6 as part of the ninth National Patriotic Emulation Congress. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, head of the Central Council for Emulation and Rewards, presented the first class Labour Order to 13 centrally-run cities and provinces, namely Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Thai Nguyen, Nam Dinh, Quang Ninh, Ha Tinh, Binh Dinh, Lam Dong, Dong Nai, Hau Giang, Long An, Lao Cai and Lai Chau. These cities and provinces lead the country in the number of communes recognised as new-styled rural areas and the amount of capital resources mobilized for the drive. For example, Hanoi has 141 out of its 386 communes and Dan Phuong district recognised as new-style rural areas. Dan Phuong district, in particular, spent nearly 25 trillion VND (1.1 billion USD) in the field. Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City has three recognised … [Read more...]

Areas subject to investment incentives in Vietnam

Investors shall be entitled to investment incentives if the carry out investment in the following disadvantaged or extremely disadvantaged areas, according to the Government’s recent Decree. No Province Extremely disadvantaged areas Disadvantaged areas 1 Bac Kan All districts, towns and Bac Kan city 2 Cao Bang All districts and Cao Bang city 3 Ha Giang All districts and Ha Giang city 4 Lai Chau All districts and Lai Chau city 5 Son La All district and Son La city 6 Dien Bien All district, towns and Dien Bien city 7 Lao Cai All districts Lao Cai city 8 Tuyen Quang Districts: Na Hang, Chiem Hoa, Lam Binh Districts: Ham Yen, Son Duong, Yen Son, and Tuyen Quang city 9 Bac Giang District: Son Dong Districts: Luc Ngan, Luc Nam, Yen Te, Hiep Hoa 10 Hoa Binh Districts: Da Bac, Mai Chau Districts: Kim Boi, Ky Son, Luong Son, Lac Thuy, Tan Lac, Cao Phong, Lac Son, Yen … [Read more...]

Building new rural areas in difficult communes under discussion

(CPV) - On November 26th, the Coordinating Office for New Rural Development organized a seminar to propose solutions to speed up building new rural areas sustainably in difficult communes. According to the office, by November 2015, the country has had 1,298 communes recognized to the standard required of new rural areas. On average, each commune fulfills 13.56 norms while 214 communes in difficult areas have met the standards. The country is expected to have 1,450 communes meeting the standards in 2015. Photo: CPV For the district level, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has recognized 10 districts meeting the standards, including; Xuan Loc, Long Khanh town (Dong Nai province), Cu Chi, Hoc Mon, Nha Be (Ho Chi Minh city), Dong Trieu (Quang Ninh), Hai Hau (Nam Dinh), Don Duong (Lam Dong), Dan Phuong (Hanoi) and Nga Bay town (Hau Giang). Aiming to create favorable conditions for the building of new rural areas in difficult areas, in his speech at the seminar, Mr. Nguyen Minh … [Read more...]

Areas subject to investment incentives

VGP – Investors shall be entitled to investment incentives if the carry out investment in the following disadvantaged or extremely disadvantaged areas, according to the Government’s recent Decree. No Province Extremely disadvantaged areas Disadvantaged areas 1 Bac Kan All districts, towns and Bac Kan city 2 Cao Bang All districts and Cao Bang city 3 Ha Giang All districts and Ha Giang city 4 Lai Chau All districts and Lai Chau city 5 Son La All district and Son La city 6 Dien Bien All district, towns and Dien Bien city 7 Lao Cai All districts Lao Cai city 8 Tuyen Quang Districts: Na Hang, Chiem Hoa, Lam Binh Districts: Ham Yen, Son Duong, Yen Son, and Tuyen Quang city 9 Bac Giang District: Son Dong Districts: Luc Ngan, Luc Nam, Yen Te, Hiep Hoa 10 Hoa Binh Districts: Da Bac, Mai Chau … [Read more...]

Hau Giang to offer houses to 1,720 families

The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang will spend more than VND48 billion (US$2.1 million) from the State and provincial budgets to build and repair houses for 1,720 families of martyrs and contributors to the revolution, according to Dong Van Thanh, deputy chairman of the provincial People's Committee. The families will receive between VND20 million ($900) and VND40 million ($1,800) each to use for construction. Tin Tuc (News) Hand-foot-mouth disease on a rapid rise Hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) has increased rapidly with dozens of cases per week in Hau Giang Province, according to the province's Department of Health. So far this year, 480 cases have been reported. The number of HFMD cases is increasing mostly in Phung Hiep District and Nga Bay Commune. Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) Conference held to discuss energy future Viet Nam needs to increase the use of renewable energy resources and push power trading with Asian countries to meet its demand, which … [Read more...]

DPRK delegation seeks investment opportunities in Hau Giang

A delegation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) led by Minister of Foreign Trade Ri Ryong-nam visited the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang on October 27-28 to inquire into possible investment cooperation. Meeting Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Cong Chanh on October 28, Minister Ri Ryong-nam said the visit is to seek business partners and foster friendship between the two countries. The Hau Giang leader said the province is agriculture-reliant with 80% of its population living on farming. With 80% of land area used for farming, the province produces more than 1 million tonnes of food each year, including over 600,000 tonnes of rice. Home to two industrial parks and four industrial clusters, Hau Giang has attracted enterprises operating in thermal power and paper plants, seafood processing, and beverages. The province is compiling a list of projects calling for domestic and foreign … [Read more...]

Hau Giang Tapping Tourism Potential

On 10th June 2014, Hau Giang Provincial Party Committee issued Resolution 09-NQ/TU on tourism development of Hau Giang province towards 2020 with the vision to 2030, which marked an important milestone for Hau Giang tourism transformation. Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Duy Tan stressed: "This resolution, along with the scheme for tourism development of the Mekong River Delta region towards 2020 with the vision to 2030 of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is expected to create development momentum for the tourism sector and make Hau Giang an attractive destination of the Mekong River Delta." Could you please share more about the potentials and advantages of Hau Giang in tourism development? Hau Giang has many natural tourist potentials with distinguished characteristics to develop tourism products. In particular, there are a vast river system and many rural products such as Cau Duc pineapple, Phu Huu pomelo, and Long Tri tangerine. … [Read more...]

Hau Giang Reaching for Modern, Sustainable Development

In spite of having poor socioeconomic infrastructure, in the past five years (2010-2015), the Party, government and people of Hau Giang province have constantly endeavoured to mobilise its resources to overcome numerous difficulties and accomplish very important comprehensive achievements to gradually raise its position in the Mekong Delta. Many bright spots The five year socioeconomic development plan (2011-2015) sets 19 key indicators and Hau Giang province has achieved all 19 indicators, with 11 exceeding the targets and seven matching the objectives. Economic growth, economic restructuring, and labour structure have made a progress. Annual economic growth averaged at 13.12 percent, almost touching the target of 13.5 percent. The economic restructure of Region 1, Region 2 and Region 3 was 23.75 percent, 34.25 percent and 42 percent in 2015, respectively. People's life has improved quite clearly, with GDP per capita reaching VND36.5 million (US$1,699) in 2015, 2.3 times higher than … [Read more...]

Hau Giang Province gets first new-style rural district

HCM CITY (VNS) — Nga Bay Town in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang has been recognised as a new-style rural district, the first in the region, Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh has announced. Nga Bay Town has three communes that meet 19 criteria of a new-style rural area, including Dai Thanh commune, which was recognised as new-style rural area in 2013, Tan Thanh Commune in 2014 and Hiep Loi Commune in June. The town has met all the national new rural area criteria, especially in agriculture. Pham Chi Dung, chairman of Nga Bay Town's People's Committee, said that farmers in the town had been trained in cutting-edge technologies in agriculture to help reduce crop and animal disease and increase output. The training has helped reduce manual work, increase productivity, cut costs and reduce pollution. Eighteen households in Dai Thanh Commune now have an income of more than VND1 billion (US$44,708) per year; 110 households from VND500 million ($22,326) to VND1 billion, and … [Read more...]

Hau Giang urged to step up agricultural restructuring and new rural development

(VOVworld) – Nga Bay district in Hau Giang province has been commended for completing its new rural development criteria. Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh (C) awards the PM’s decision to recognize Nga Bay district to complete new rural development criteria. At a ceremony on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh called on Hau Giang province to build on its achievements so far and encourages local people to join efforts to develop the homeland sustainably. Mr. Ninh, who heads the steering committee of the National Target Program on New Rural Development, said agricultural restructuring in combination with new rural development should focus on the development of advantageous products and application of science and technology to production. Mr. Ninh called for "Hau Giang to make use of mechanisms and policies flexibly matching its specific conditions and outline a suitable roadmap for its new rural development in line with its contributions. Hau Giang also needs to maintain and … [Read more...]

First Mekong Delta district-level town meets ‘new- style rural’ standards

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh grants the government decision to Hau Giang authorities NDO - Nga Bay town under the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang was recognised as the first district-level town in the Mekong Delta to meet all 19 criteria set for a 'new-style rural' locality, according to a government decision announced on October 12. Nga Bay town has 100% of its three communes admitted as 'new-style rural' communes with the improvements in the rural infrastructure system including electricity system, road networks, irrigation system, schools, health stations, and cultural communal houses among others. The average income of the local people was raised from VND10 million in 2010 to VND45 million in 2015, and the poverty rate was reduced by 1.5% per year to 2.06% in 2015. Speaking at the announcement ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh praised achievements made by Nga Bay town and Hau Giang province. He added that it is a huge challenge for Hau Giang to fulfil its target of … [Read more...]

Labor Confederation seeks 14.4% salary increase

The Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL) sent a proposal to the Prime Minister on October 5 seeking an increase to the minimum salary in 2016 of 14.4 per cent, saying it did not agree with the increase 12.4 per cent decided on by the National Wage Council. A VGCL representative said the factors behind the proposal included improving economic development and that the minimum salary must ensure the minimum living standards of workers and their families under Article No. 91 of the Labor Law. The 14.4 per cent increase in 2016 would lead to the minimum salary meeting living standards in 2017, he added. The proposal comes as the National Party Congress approaches. On September 3 the National Wage Council proposed that that the minimum wage in 2016 be increased by 12.4 per cent. The minimum for Regions I, II, III and IV would be VND3.5 million ($156), VND3.1 million ($138), VND2.7 million ($120) and VND2.4 million ($107), respectively. Region I: Districts in: - Hanoi: Gia … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta sugarcane growers enjoy bumper crop, high prices

Farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces have entered sugarcane crop of 2015-2016 with joy of bumper crop and high sugarcane prices. Sugarcanes are being transported to Vi Thanh Sugar Plant in Hau Giang Province. (Photo: SGGP) Currently, traders bought sugarcanes at VND950-1,000 per kilogram at the field, VND200 higher than that in the same period last year. This price level ensures profits for farmers. Phung Hiep District and Nga Bay Town in Hau Giang Province are places where sugarcanes were harvest earliest among provinces in the Mekong Delta. During these days, farmers feel motivated as early sugarcanes are not only sold at high prices but also easily. Le Van Gan, a farmer in Phung Hiep District’s Hiep Hung Commune, happily said that this year he grew 7,000 square meters of sugarcanes. Many traders offered him a price of VND970 per kilogram. After excluding all expenses, he had a profit of VND20 million for this sugarcane crop. Sharing the same joy, Truong Van Hien, … [Read more...]

Ministry proposes minimum wage rise for 2016

VGP – The minimum wage may increase by VND 250,000 – 400,000 (nearly US$12.5–20) since 2016, according to the draft decree prepared by the Ministry of Labor–Invalids and Social Affairs. The draft decree was introduced after the National Salary Council (NSC) on September 3 agreed to a 12.4% increase in minimum wage for 2016. Under the decree, the minimum monthly salary for Region I, Region II, Region III and Region IV will be VND3.5 million, VND3.1 million, VND2.7 million, and VND2.4 million, respectively. The Ministry estimated that the proposed increase could meet up to 90% of the workers’ minimum living standards. The new salary floor will not significantly affect business operations as businesses are offering their workers higher salary levels required for 2015, said the Ministry, adding that The draft decree is available on the website of the ministry for public consultation. Region I: - Ha Noi: Gia Lam, Dong Anh, Soc Son, Thanh Tri, Tu … [Read more...]

The ugly truth about Vietnam’s floating markets

A man who is a trader of Cai Rang floating market dumps vegetable peels into the Cai Rang River. Photo: Dinh Tuyen As the first rays of the sun shone down, some foreign tourists on a boat were enjoying the cool air and bustling trade at Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho city until they saw something gross. A man on a boat docked in front of them was pulling his pants up: he had just defecated into the river below. They went barely 30 meters before they saw a man on another boat urinating into the river. Hong, the woman piloting the tourist boat, said, "It’s the ‘rush hour’ that lasts from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. when people relieve themselves." "All the people -- around several hundreds -- who live on boats here relieve themselves directly into the river." A man pulls his pants up after defecating into the Cai Rang River. Photo: Dinh Tuyen They also dump all types of rubbish, from vegetable peels to nylon bags and foam boxes, into the Cai Rang every day. As the … [Read more...]