A few days ago, I got stuck in the middle of a traffic jam caused by a small marketplace on the roadside. I was suffocating when I heard some motorbike taxi drivers gossiping as they fidgeted with their phones. “Smartphones can now do lots of things, right? Even birth registration.” “They are building smart cities, men.” “Will smart cities make the traffic better?” The chit-chat was drowned out by the rumbling of motorbikes moving slowly like no-one was in a hurry. Then I was a bit astonished by what the motorbike drivers just said. It turns out the story of smart cities is spreading more widely than had been expected. It is not confined to the urban elites but has also become a talking point among ordinary citizens. Like how seaports used to mushroom in the recent past, building smart cities has become a fever from north to south, with workshops and seminars taking place in every corner. I have a feeling that cities are scrambling for fear of … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, cities are scrambling to be smart. But can it solve pressing problems?
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UN representative calls for policies to eradicate poverty, malnutrition (24-10-2005) How has the partnership between the United Nations and Viet Nam contributed to the nation's development? Ever since Viet Nam joined the United Nations in 1977, UN agencies have contributed technical help, international experience and objective advice to the government about the nation's development efforts. Recently, the United Nations Country Team prepared a practical guide linking the Government's Socio-Economic Development Plan to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and targets. The aim of the publication is to provide concrete information relating to the MDGs as well as specific economic and social conditions in Viet Nam for use by government planners. The report, The Millennium Development Goals and Viet Nam's Socio-Economic Development Plan 2006-2010, highlights progress made in recent years and remaining development challenges. Highlights in the report include the need for specific policies … [Read more...] about UN representative calls for policies to eradicate poverty, malnutrition
Deputies demand quality Q&As (16-11-2007) National Assembly (NA) deputies spoke with Vietnam News Agency reporters about their intended queries for the three-day Q&A session, starting today. Deputy Ngo Van Minh, deputy head of central Quang Nam Province's NA deputy delegation: The Q&A session format needs to be changed. Questions just for information should not be asked and Ministers should answer without looking to reports or briefs. There needs to be more direct and frank dialogue. Questions should be answered by all relevant ministries and officials so that related problems can be solved thoroughly. In doing so, we will reach our goal of outlining the responsibilities of each government office. I intend to ask questions of the ministers of finance, transportation, agriculture and rural development. I will ask the Minister of Finance about price issues. After the Prime Minister's two instructions, efforts have been taken to control the inflation rate. The GDP index bodes … [Read more...] about Deputies demand quality QandAs
A view of Dung Quat Oil Refinery. While the world economy shrank last year, Viet Nam was one of the few countries to experience positive growth. The country's GDP reached 5.32 per cent. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Long HA NOI — The year of 2009 is over. It witnessed many complicated issues in the world and domestic economies, causing huge difficulties for business and production and people's lives. However, under the leadership of the Party and the Government's management, the country still maintained its economic growth, stabilised the macro-economy and ensured social security. In a New Year's article summing up the developments of 2009 and outlining tasks for this year, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stressed the great significance of 2010 as it will be the last year of the Five-Year Plan for Socio-economic Development from 2006 under the Resolution of the 10th National Party Congress. 2010 will also be the year of the Party Congresses at various levels before the 11th … [Read more...] about Development key to success
CPV: The urbanization process in our country is taking place aggressively and quickly. Urban zones, industrial zones and export processing zones have been expanding. Accordingly, farm land has also been narrowed and farmers become unemployed. The way to help farmers develop with the urbanization process is a big problem that needs coordination from all sectors and authorities from all levels. According to the Vietnam Farmer's Association, over the past years, farmland area has been reduced due to the urbanization process and many farmers have become jobless. Job finding has become a burning issue in rural areas. It is estimated that 331,430 ha of farm land will be shifted in the 2006-2010 period, meaning that 2.5 million farmers will end up jobless. 115 industrial zones alone in 42 provinces and cities occupy 23,000 ha of cultivated land that is mainly good land. Before taking back agricultural land, bosses and the local authority promised and committed to employing a large number of … [Read more...] about Farmers need to be employed after taking back cultivated land