At a reception for Singapore’s Ambassador to Vietnam Jaya Ratnam on August 16, Thanh appreciated Singapore's support to Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular over the past time, saying he expected the two sides will take practical actions to mark the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties and 10 years of strategic partnership in 2023. Referring to the municipal resolution on the city’s master planning for 2030, with a vision to 2045, the Hanoi official asked Singapore to provide support in terms of experts in this regard. For his part, the ambassador said Singapore always attaches great importance to developing the partnership with Vietnam, affirming that he will try his best to strengthen the relationship between Hanoi and Singapore. Ratnam also proposed that both sides further promote cooperation in education and create opportunities for their businesses to exchange, thereby taking the bilateral relationship to a new height. Source: VNA … [Read more...] about Hanoi seeks cooperation with Singapore in urban management, social housing development
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That worries me. Seven years ago, I got to spend nine months living and studying in Ghent, a small, beautiful ancient city in Belgium with many well-preserved medieval castles and churches. I rented a cheap room for students. On the first day, the landlord gave me a tour of the house, showed me how to use the heater and kitchen utensils. In the kitchen, there was a corner with two steel frames holding a blue plastic bag and a yellow plastic bag with "IVAGO" printed on them, as well as a cardboard box next to the bags. The landlord told us that our waste must be sorted thus: the yellow bag for daily household waste; the blue for plastic waste, aluminum cans and milk cartons; and the big box for cardboard, pizza boxes and glass bottles, especially beer bottles. Then, after posting a waste collection calendar on the kitchen wall, he asked us to check the dates then decide among ourselves who would take out the garbage on which day. The calendar was colored yellow, blue and … [Read more...] about Will the sorting of waste at source become a non-starter?
In an aid package aimed at solving social security and employment issues, there is a package providing housing assistance worth VND 6.6 trillion (USD 282 million) for workers. However, the disbursement is lagging behind schedule due to numerous problems, while the deadline for receiving applications, August 15, has already passed, Khai noted at a meeting with ministries and sectors on August 17. Le Van Thanh, Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said 60 of the 63 provincial-level localities have submitted applications for assistance, excluding Lai Chau, Dien Bien and Cao Bang provinces which reportedly had no support applications. As of August 15, district-level People’s Committees nationwide had received applications from 85,736 businesses with over 3.93 million workers who sought more than VND 2.74 trillion in financial aid, equivalent to 42.27% of the planned assistance. The aid businesses applied for is lower than the initial estimates since the lists of … [Read more...] about Deputy PM demands workers’ rights, interests be guaranteed during aid package disbursement
He made the statement in Hanoi on August 16 at a seminar consulting the World Bank (WB)’s experts about a report on the National Master Planning for the 2021-2030 period, with a vision to 2050. The National Master Planning is the first of its kind in Vietnam made in line with the 2017 Planning Law. Between now and 2030, priority will be given to the establishment and development of economic corridors, locomotive zones, growth poles and national infrastructure framework, especially those with advantages in geological location, infrastructure, human resources and sci-tech potential. Dannay Leipziger, head of the WB experts’ group, suggested that the National Master Planning should take into account improving resilience to environment risks and climate change, and ensuring financial resources for the effort. The National Master Planning set the goal of having about 5,000km of expressways nationwide by 2030, and over 9,000km by 2050. The average housing floor area per capita in … [Read more...] about Vietnam consults WB experts about National Master Planning