A new urban area project in Go Vap district in HCM City (Photo courtesy of the project developer) HCM City (VNS/VNA) - Property experts have urged Ho Chi Minh City to issue a special policy on new urban residential complexes to prevent the rampant and unsustainable development of residential projects. The policy should address site clearance and the issuance of construction licences, they said. More than 20 years ago, Phu My Hung became the first model of a New Urban Zone in the city. Located in District 7, it covers more than 300ha, including condos, houses, villas, shopping malls, schools and hospitals. Since then, Phu My Hung has been one of the city’s most celebrated new urban areas. The residential complex is known as one of the most exclusive residential and commercial zones in the city and the entire country. More than 30,000 people live and work in the area, half of whom are foreigners. After the … [Read more...] about Special policy needed for new urban areas, residential complexes
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
The EU’s newly-accredited Ambassador to Vietnam Giorgio Aliberti (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam is one of the potential partners of the European Union (EU) in various fields, said the EU’s newly-accredited Ambassador to Vietnam Giorgio Aliberti. Aliberti made the statement at a press conference in Hanoi on November 12 after he officially assumed a 4-year term of office in Vietnam. The ambassador said he was glad to witness the strong development of EU-Vietnam cooperative ties in recent years. The EU attaches great importance to cooperation with Vietnam, he said, adding that the bilateral relations have been demonstrated through the recent signing of many important agreements. He expressed his good impression for the country and its people, and shared his main priorities during the working tenure in Vietnam. The diplomat said the EU highly appreciated Vietnam’s efforts in environmental protection as well as prevention and reduction of climate … [Read more...] about New ambassador describes Vietnam as EU’s potential partner
The information was released at a working session between representatives of the association and the municipal People’s Committee, which took place on May 3. As heard at the function, during the period, the sum was used to build and upgrade 20 charity houses, aid five families with capital to set up businesses, and present over 4,000 gifts to the victims. The association also organised free health checkup events and granted scholarships in support of the group. A ceremony to hand over a charity house to a family of AO/dioxin victims in Can Tho (Photo: baocantho.com.vn) To date, nearly 4,000 AO/Dioxin victims, or 90 percent of the total living in Can Tho, have been benefiting from the Government’s preferential policies. In the coming time, the association said it will step up survey activities toward the group to come up with suitable assistance plans annually. It will mobilise all social resources to increase the total municipal fund for the group to … [Read more...] about Can Tho spends over 3 billion VND on caring for AO/dioxin victims
Attending the event were Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh; VAVA President, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh; Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics (GDP) of the Vietnam People's Army, Lieutenant General Le Hien Van; and representatives of departments and agencies, international friends, a large of war wounded and sick soldiers, and AO/Dioxin victims. Speaking at the event, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh praised the achievements of VAVA organizations at all levels over the past years, and sent best wishes to AO/Dioxin victims who have tried hard to overcome difficulties and challenges in life. Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh speaking at the event He also stressed that AO/Dioxin has left serious consequences; therefore, the whole community should join hands to help AO/Dioxin victims ease their pains and difficulties in life. Through the program, the Deputy Prime Minister called on domestic and … [Read more...] about Various efforts to support AO victims