Breakthroughs mulled to lure investment into agriculture Truc Diem HANOI - Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong said there would be breakthrough policies on land and credit to draw investors into agriculture in an attempt to improve the proportion of agribusinesses in the economy. Agro firms remain small At the “Dialogue with enterprises with investment in agriculture and rural development” last Saturday, Minister Cuong said many policies had been adopted to stimulate investment in agriculture, including incentives in terms of tax, credit, land and human resource training. Thanks to such efforts, private investment in agriculture has sharply risen, making a significant contribution to the growth of the sector. The number of firms with investment in agriculture had risen from nearly 2,400 in 2007 to more than 4,000 by the end of this September. Yet, corporate investment in agriculture and rural development remains limited and unstable, Cuong … [Read more...] about Breakthroughs mulled to lure investment into agriculture
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Education is an important factor in making Sweden well known for its innovations, Camilla Mellander – Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam – told Tuoi Tre News in a recent interview during the "Innovative Sweden" program, now running in Ho Chi Minh City. DONG NGUYEN/ TUOI TRE NEWS" /> Despite its small population of around 9.5 million, Sweden had 2,288 patent applications in 2012 and 9,473 scientific and technical journal articles published in 2011, according to statistics released in the directory of the program. "Innovative Sweden" is being organized by the Swedish Embassy to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Sweden. The European country also ranked third in the Global Innovation Index 2014 announced in September by the Switzerland-based World Intellectual Property Organization, followed by Switzerland and the UK. So what is the secret behind this success? Ambassador Mellander said that education plays a very important role in the … [Read more...] about What makes Sweden famous worldwide for innovation?
Second post-Tet cold snap to hit northern region A strong cold front is moving southwards and is expected to hit the northern region on February 18, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting has reported. According to the national weather service, the second cold snap since the Lunar New Year is expected to bring heavy rain and temperatures below 15°C to all areas of the region. The cold weather should last for 3-4 days, before temperatures begin to rise. Northeastern winds in the Gulf of Tonkin and the northern part of the East Sea are expected to reach sustained speeds in category 7 (50-61 km/h) on the Beaufort scale, with gusts up to category 9 (75-88 km/h). Rough seas are also anticipated. Sweden creative day to be held in city The Embassy of Sweden in Vietnam will coordinate with the HCMC government to organize the Sweden Creative Day exhibition in HCMC in two weeks this November. At the exhibition, enterprises and experts from Sweden will … [Read more...] about Social News Headlines 18/2
HCM City pays $57m in unemployment benefits Last year, 109,600 laid-off workers in HCM City applied for unemployment benefits, according to the city's Job Placement Centre. Also, nearly 108,500 employees were paid unemployment insurance benefits worth VND1.2 trillion (US$57.1 million). Around 5,700 unemployed workers registered for vocational training courses in 2013. The centre posted information about jobs to more than 77,600 laid-off workers, and half of them successfully applied for these positions. Also last year, 23,000 people found jobs through employment fairs organised by the centre. The centre plans to introduce jobs to 330,000 people this year and expects to record 100,000 applications for unemployment benefits in 2014. Festive blooms stop the traffic Amidst the gaiety that this activity brings out into the city's streets, there are some residents, including commuters, who are not sharing the festive cheer. The reason is not difficult to discern - worsening traffic … [Read more...] about Social Headlines January 25
Ethanol offers clean energy source (27-08-2007) The first plant to produce ethanol fuel from biomass in Viet Nam is expected to come on line in 2008. Petrosetco deputy director Ho Sy Long spoke to Dai Doan Ket (Great Unity) newspaper about the project. What are the benefits of producing ethanol fuel? As Viet Nam depends highly on imported petrol, production research on biological ethanol fuel is a top priority. Every year, Viet Nam has to import an average of 13 million tonnes of petrol, 3 million of which are used for social and economic development. We need 300,000 tonnes of ethanol to meet the demand of a 10 per cent ethanol mix into the number above. According to international scientists' statistics, with the existing sources of petroleum and the human race's current usage, we will face a shortage of this resource in the next 50 years. The investment into ethanol production is a breakthrough in setting up a new energy source in Viet Nam. It will be used not only as a partial … [Read more...] about Ethanol offers clean energy source