Minh Long needs to change planting trees, helping people to escape poverty

​The PPC's Vice Chairman Pham Truogn Tho works with the district's leader​ ​That is Mr. Pham Truong Tho's saying at his meeting with Minh Long district People's Committee on April 29 on the implementation results of agriculture development and new rural construction programs in the period 2011-2015 and plan for 2016-2020 period. Reported by Minh Long district, in the period 2011-2015, the growth rate of the whole agriculture sector reached 5.4%, of which, the production value of agriculture, forestry and fishing rose from VND 101 billion in 2010 to VND 141 billion in 2015. The district has implemented 16 production models with a cost of over VND 02 billion, of which, many new production models bring high economic efficiency such as tea planting model using local varieties, wheat planting model on sloping land, etc. For the new rural construction program, during the past five years, the district has mobilized nearly VND 120 billion, making concrete for 70% commune and inter-communes … [Read more...]

BIDV launches VND 1.5 trillion credit for fishermen

The Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) has launched a line of credit worth VND 1.5 trillion (USD 68.1 million) for fisheries production and processing. Of the sum, VND 500 billion (USD 22.7 million) will be offered to enterprises while the remaining for households and individuals at an annual interest of 6-8 percent. Photo for illustration: vietnamnet.vn Ship-owners will be entitled to an interest waiver for six months, starting from April 8. Those who had their fisheries suffer from mass deaths are able to repay their loans interest-free for three months from April 8, and those who suffered slow consumption can enjoy a one-month interest-free payment starting from April 8. Borrowers who are indirectly affected are entitled to a 50 percent discount of interest on their outstanding loans, also from April 8. All outstanding loans and interest will be restructured. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Defense Trade Union cares for needy workers

PANO – The Trade Union Committee of the Ministry of National Defense visited and presented gifts to needy workers of the Limited Liability Printing Company No.1 on May 5th. Colonel Le Thi Nguyen, Deputy head of the defense Trade Union Committee, presented gifts worth VND 1 million each to the workers and a gift worth VND 3 million to the trade union organization of the company. The Trade Union Board of the General Department of Politics also gave each needy worker a gift worth VND 1 million. These activities were part of the 2016 ‘month of workers’, which encourage workers in their work and ease their challenges. During the month of workers, the defense Trade Union Committee will spend about VND 100 million on gifts to encourage and support workers and trade union members facing various challenges. Translated by Chung Anh … [Read more...]

Nearly VND 18 bln for Ca Mau’s recovery from drought, saline intrusion

Nearly VND 18 billion (USD 800,000) from the State budget has helped the southernmost province of Ca Mau with recovery from the severe drought and saline intrusion. The provincial authorities directed localities to dredge 9 fresh water canals in districts of Tran Van Thoi, U Minh, Thoi Binh and Ca Mau city, and dig new canals in Ca Mau city. Acute drought in the Mekong Delta region. Photo: Vietnam+ The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is building a water pumping station worth nearly VND 1.2 billion in U Minh district, while repairing and building three irrigational sluices in the communes of Khanh Binh Tay, Khanh Hung and Khanh Binh in Tran Van Thoi district. Additional state budget spending will be earmarked for affected areas to overcome drought and saltwater intrusion that occurred during the winter-spring crop between 2015 and 2016. The water shortage has affected 10,000 hectares of rice and 7,000 hectares of local crops and fruit trees, of which up … [Read more...]

Hanoi begins construction of medical high-tech center

Work has started on the construction of a medical high-tech center that specializes in endoscopic surgery and digestion treatment at the Saint Paul General Hospital in Hanoi. The 2,800sq.m centre will have 10 consulting rooms, 15 patient rooms, four endoscopic diagnostic rooms and three surgery rooms. Photo: VNS It will be equipped with modern medical facilities, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and CT scanner systems for early detection of cancers related to the digestive system, such as stomach and rectum cancers. "The center will be built following European standards and will become the country’s leading endoscopic surgery facility that satisfies the increasing demand for examination and treatment of people in Hanoi," Nguyen Khac Hien, the city’s health department director, said. It will provide training in endoscopy skills to the city’s doctors who will be trained in advanced techniques by international experts, Hien said. With an investment of VND … [Read more...]

Duc Pho district offers title Vietnamese Heroic Mothers

​On the occasion of 41st anniversary of Southern liberation Day (30 April 1975 - 2016), Duc Pho district People's Committee and the provincial Emulation and Commendation Committee organized a ceremony to bestow posthumously the title of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers to relatives of 141 mothers in the district. ​So far, Duc Pho district has awarded and posthumously awarded the title of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers to 1,081 mothers, of which, 101 mothers still live. All the mothers are taken care of by agencies and units in the locality with the support amount from VND 400,000 to VND 1,500,000 per month. The Vietnamese Heroic Mother is a title awarded or posthumously awarded to mothers who have made numerous contributions and sacrifices for the cause of national liberation, national construction and defense, and the performance of international obligations. Minh Thien … [Read more...]

Detailed Planning 1/500 of Thien But Park and Thien Tan ecological urban Area

​The detailed Planning at 1/500 ratio of Thien But Park and Thien Tan ecological urban Area in Quang Ngai city has been recently approved by the PPC's Chairman. ​Accordingly, the pallning area of Thien But Park and Thien Tan ecological urban Area is about 51.3ha with the East is bordered with Ly Thuong Kiet street, the West with Quang Trung street, the South with the current resident area of Quang Trung street and the North of Cao Ba Quat and Nguyen Hoang streets. The total investment is estimated at VND 779 billion, in which the construction works of Thien But park is over VND 315 billion. The Thien Tan eco-urban zone will be developed as a BOO (build-own-operate) project, and the park project will be constructed on a BT (build-transfer) basis. Minh Thien … [Read more...]

Quang Ngai celebrates the 130th anniversary of International Labor Day and the 2016 Workers’ Month

Deputy Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Thanh Quang speaks at the ceremony ​The provincial Labor Federation on April 28 held ceremony to mark the 130th anniversary of International Labor Day and the Workers' Month 2016 with the motto "Trade unions accompany businesses to take better care of employees". ​Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Thanh Quang praised and highly appreciated the achievements of trade unions at all levels and recognized the significant contributions of the working class to the province and nation's development. Deputy Secretary Quang also called for raising the workers' and employees' awareness on the International Labor Day (May 1st) and uphold initiatives to complete tasks for 2016. In the upcoming time, Quang urged the provincial Labor Federation and the labor force to implement highlighted contents such as: promoting living conditions and protect the legitimate rights and interests of … [Read more...]

VFFCC supports fishermen in Ha Tinh province

PANO – Vice President Le Ba Trinh led a May 3rd delegation of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC) to visit and present gifts to fishermen affected by the mass fish deaths in Ha Tinh province. Handing over the gift to the Ha Tinh provincial authority. (Photo: sggp.org.vn) So far, the province has supported affected fishery households with VND 750 million in total and gave 15 kg of rice/month to each affected fisherman in the region for 45 days. For this occasion, VFFCC handed VND 1 billion to the provincial authority to help local fishermen overcome difficulties and stabilize their lives. The delegation also visited and presented gifts to the five worst hit households in Ky Ha commune, Ky Anh town. Previously, the delegation presented VND 3 billion to the three provinces of Thua Thien Hue, Quang Binh and Quang Tri (VND 1 billion each). The serious and unusual mass fish deaths were discovered in Ky Anh town, Ha Tinh province in early April, and then spread … [Read more...]

Social News 3/5

Red Cross activities integrated into climate change response More than 15,000 households in 14 cities and provinces who announced natural disaster status, have received initial support from the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC). Vice President of the VRC Central Committee Tran Thi Hong An told an April 27-28 event, that by April 24, 2016, the organisation had mobilised over 25 billion VND (1.1 million USD) donated by people from all walks of life to aid natural disaster victims. The conference, jointly held by the VRC, the German Red Cross (GRC) and the VRC's chapter in Quang Binh province, aims to assess the risks and impacts of climate change and how red cross activities can work in response to climate change. As part of the GRC-funded "Community-based disaster risk management" project, the event is due to create an opportunity for the VRC, and relevant agencies, to promote the integration of climate change adaptation into the management of risks and disasters in Vietnam. It is … [Read more...]

Nearly 11,000 new firms set up in April

As many as 10,954 enterprises were formed in April with total registered capital of 62.2 trillion VND (over 2.7 billion USD), according to the General Statistics Office (GSO). The number of newly-established businesses increased by 19.2 percent year-on-year, while the total amount of registered capital jumped 21.3 percent against the same period last year. In the first four months of this year, 34,721 new enterprises were established with total capital of 248.2 trillion VND, a year-on-year rises of 22.9 percent and 52.8 percent, respectively. More than 34,700 companies were opened in the first four months of this year, creating 427,200 jobs for local people. During the reviewed period, each new company had an average investment of 7.1 billion VND, up 24.2 percent over the same period last year. The new firms are expected to employ 427,200 people. A total of 801.5 trillion VND was added to the country’s economy. According to the GSO, 25,135 enterprises stopped operations … [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...]

Forces hand over community culture-sport-study center to locality

PANO – The General Departments of Politics under the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Public Security on April 30th inaugurated and handed over a community culture-sports-study center to Tan Phong commune, Tan Bien district, Tay Ninh province. The inauguration ceremony The center was built at a cost of VND 4.9 billion, of which VND 4 billion was contributed by the two ministries. The remainder was mobilized from the locality. After over four months of construction, the 3,956sq.m center is ready for operation. On the occasion of the inauguration, the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army gave more than VND 1 billion donated by defense businesses to Tan Phong commune. The Public Security Ministry’s General Department of Politics also donated VND 200 million. Translated by Huu Duong … [Read more...]

Delta farmers switch to drought-resistant crops

Many farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces have switched from growing rice to drought-resistant crops to cope with the region’s worst drought in 100 years. In Ca Mau province, instead of three rice crops, farmers grow two and one crop of green beans, which require less water. In Khanh Binh Tay and Khanh Hung communes in Tran Van Thoi district, farmers grew more than 1,100 hectares of green beans. Many of them planted the beans in dry paddy fields, with productivity at 2.5 to three tons per hectare. Traders buy green beans for price of VND 30,000 (USD 1.3) per kg. Photo for illustration Nguyen Van Tranh, deputy director of Ca Mau province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that farmers were warned of droughts early so they have already shifted to green beans. Raising shrimps in paddy fields is another way to use cultivation areas. According to Vo Thanh Ngoan, head of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of Thap Muoi District in Dong … [Read more...]

Bac Lieu expands brine shrimp farming area

The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu aims to expand Artemia (brine shrimp) farming from 200 hectares to 500 hectares, mostly in coastal localities by 2020, according to local authorities. More than VND 17 billion (USD 765,000) will be invested in infrastructure facilities, technology transfer, breeding and marketing, said Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Duong Thanh Trung. Photo for illustration: thuysanvietnam.com.vn Focus will also be put on establishing cooperatives and expanding consumption for the product, Trung said. According to Cao Thanh Van, Chairman of the Artemia Vinh Chau – Bac Lieu Cooperative, there are 140 Artemia farming households in the province, with a combined areas of nearly 200 hectares, up nearly 50 percent from last year. A three-month crop of Artemia can produce between 100 – 150 kg of eggs per hectare breeding Artemia, generating some VND 40 million-50 million (USD 2,250) for farmers. Artemia eggs can be used to feed … [Read more...]

Hanoi farmers reap reward of higher-quality flowers

High-quality flower farming has helped farmers in Hanoi’s suburban districts become more prosperous in recent years, said the municipal Agriculture and Rural Development Department Director Chu Phu My. My said that since the city’s project on flower and ornamental plants farming was implemented in 2012, high-quality flower zones had been formed, including 170ha of roses in Me Linh district’s Van Khe commune, 20ha of peach in Long Bien district, orchid and lily farms in districts of Dan Phuong, Chuong My, Hoai Duc, Quoc Oai and Phuc Tho. The high-quality flowers helped growers earn profits up to ten times higher than from normal flowers, he said. Taking care of flowers in Tay Tuu, Tu Liem district, Hanoi. Photo: VNS Nguyen Van Suot, a gardener in Tay Tuu commune, Bac Tu Liem district, said his family earned more than VND 50 million (USD 2,200) yearly from 1,000sq.m of lilies. He hired ten people to work on his farm, paying each about VND 3 million (USD 135) … [Read more...]

FPT opens IT service center in Da Nang

FPT, a Vietnam software giant, has officially inaugurated the Information Technology (IT) Service Center, FPT Complex, in the central city of Da Nang, providing office space for 3,200 IT employees in the first stage and 10,000 engineers in the second stage. It's the biggest IT service center in the central region with an aim of contributing USD 1 billion to FPT's software export revenue in 2020. The first stage of the 5.9ha complex was built with an investment of VND 485 billion (USD 23 million). It has been recognized as an environment friendly and energy-saving complex by the Ministry of Construction, with a solar-power heater system and a solar power generator. The Information Technology Service Center, FPT Complex, in Da Nang. Photo: VNS "It's a green and smart place for 10,000 employees and partners working together. The center was a crucial step of our strategy in developing Da Nang into a smart city and a world IT center," said FPT Chairman Trương Gia Binh. "Da Nang is … [Read more...]

Hanoi’s exports see 0.2 percent growth

The capital city of Hanoi generated approximately USD 3.4 billion from exports in the first four months of the year, marking a modest increase of 0.2 percent against the same period last year, according to the municipal Statistics Office. In April alone, the city’s exports were estimated at USD 852 million, down 1 percent month-on-month and 4 percent year-on-year, the office said. Products recording high export growth in the reviewed period included garments, up 23 percent, and means of transport and tools, up 21 percent. Photo for illustration Items witnessing export decline were farm produce, down 19.5 percent, and computer components and peripheral equipment, down 20 percent. Meanwhile, the city imported an estimated USD 1.75 billion worth of goods in April, surging 2.3 percent against the previous month but decreasing 13 percent against last year’s corresponding period. The latest addition has brought the city’s import turnover in four months up to USD … [Read more...]

Vietnam stocks up from two-day fall

Vietnamese shares on April 29 rebounded from a two-day decline on both local markets before the national holidays as blue chips were boosted by higher investor confidence. The benchmark VN Index gained 1.1 percent to close the week at 598.37 points, recovering all loss during the previous two sessions. The HNX Index on the Hanoi Stock Exchange advanced 0.5 percent to end at 80.68 points, bouncing back from a decline of 0.9 percent in two days. "Higher investor confidence in large-cap stocks boosted local markets yesterday after the Prime Minister at a meeting promised to give local companies solutions to their problems," Bao Viet Securities Corp (BVSC) wrote in its report. Higher investor confidence picked up insurance companies and banks. Insurer Bao Viet Holdings (BVH) and BIDV Insurance Corp (BIC) led the insurance sector by surging 5.2 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively. Among banks, the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BID) jumped 6.1 percent, while … [Read more...]