People development goals
The Hanoitimes – The two countries keen on trade and energy cooperation.
Vietnam and the United Kingdom will tighten co-operation to implement the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) effectively, promoting the import and export of goods and increasing bilateral trade value between the two countries.
|A tra (catfish) processing line. Tra products are entitled to a zero % tax rate when exported to the UK.|
The co-operation plan was a key content discussed by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Dang Hoang An and British Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward at a meeting held recently in Hanoi.
At the meeting, the two leaders agreed that the UKVKTA, which took place on December 31, 2020 and being temporarily applied from January 1, 2021, will be a new driving force to take off the good relations on trade and investment in Vietnam and the UK.
Despite extremely negative impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the trade exchange between the two sides still reached US$5.6 billion, in which Vietnam gained export value of $4.95 billion and import value of $687 million from and to the UK.
The UK continues to be the third largest export market of Vietnam in the European region.
From the first days of January 2021, the Vietnam’s shipment of 60 tons of fragrant rice exported to the UK has enjoyed tariff preferences under the agreement, opening up new opportunities for the two countries’ business community.
The two sides agreed to give priority to the organization of the 12th Joint Economics and Trade Committee in the UK (JETCO 12) meeting this year when the Covid-19 pandemic is under control. Before the meeting, the two sides will hold online meetings, seminars and dialogues to discuss solutions to removing problems in every specific fields.
Mr. Gareth Ward said the UK wanted to coordinate with the Ministry of Industry and Trade to organize online dialogues in the field of energy development, including a dialogue on renewable energy that will focus on solutions to strengthen the investors’ confidence and another on energy transition in Vietnam in the framework of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), which will be held in the UK on November 1-12 this year.
Deputy Minister An highly appreciated the UK’s commitment to host the COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. He emphasized that the renewable energy development plan is an important content in the Vietnam Politburo’s Resolution No.55-NQ/TW dated February 11, 2020 on the orientation of the National Energy Development Strategy of Vietnam to 2030, with a vision to 2045.
“The Vietnam’s goal is to ensure an adequate energy supply for socio-economic development, in parallel with the task of gradually increasing the proportion of clean energy use,” Mr. An said.
In 2020, a number of Vietnam’s commodities exported to the UK have a good growth, including seafood, vegetables, rubber products, and iron and steel products. Meanwhile, the country’s import products from the UK, comprising animal feed and raw materials, materials of textile, garment and footwear, mobile phones and components, and chemical products, were seen increased sharply.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made these remarks whilst chairing a meeting on the adjustment of the city’s master planning to 2030 with a vision towards 2045.
Upon appreciating the quality of the central city’s master plan adjustment project, PM Phuc noted that in the near future, Da Nang is destined to become a special Vietnamese city, joining the likes of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Therefore, the planning, adjustment, and implementation of the master planning must be fully oriented towards local people, serving national development interests, while not allowing corruption or group interests to occur.
The master plan for the city towards 2030, with a vision ahead to 2045, was first adopted back in 2013. After seven years of implementing the project, Da Nang city has seen fast development. However, as a means of implementing the Politburo’s Resolution No. 43 dated January 24, 2019, on the construction and development of Da Nang to 2030, with a vision to 2045, and to meet relevant development needs, the PM has agreed to allow the city to adjust the master plan project.
Upon addressing the meeting, the municipal leader said that Da Nang has hired a professional company from Singapore to advise the project on adjusting the master plan towards developing the central city into a modern, green, and eco-friendly place in response to the request from the Politburo’s Resolution 43. The city has also organised an array of seminars and meetings to collect opinions of specialised agencies, individuals, and businesses.
Ministry of Construction representatives, along with those from other relevant ministries and agencies in charge of the project appraisal, said that to adjust general planning, the central city has calculated socio-economic statistics, and provided a thorough assessment of natural conditions. This is in addition to looking at the environment and development orientation in an effort to enable Da Nang to become a centre for tourism and services, along with the regional marine-based economy.
The cabinet leader outlined that the adjusted master plan deals with the limitations of the original 2013 scheme, while paying close attention to green development alongside orientations for space planning and modern infrastructure, contributing to creating an economic hub in the nation’s central regions.
The Government leader also asked the city to deal with the local wastewater problem without causing pollution to the marine environment, a very important factor in protecting nature in Da Nang. Along with this, greater attention should be paid to tackling the issue of climate change, along with clarifying the relationship of Da Nang with localities such as Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue, and Quang Binh. This should be done whilst clarifying the position of national defence and security, thereby striving to achieve the concept of making Da Nang both a vibrant and safe city.
In relation to the city’s development in the long term, the PM has stated that Da Nang must focus on developing many fields, rather than just services. Indeed, the city should adopt a policy to attract technology and industry projects to minimise environmental damage and ensure sustainable development, while also avoiding negative growth in case of fluctuations.
Along with general planning and detailed plans which will be deployed by the city in the near future, PM Phuc has stated the need to combat group interests when implementing and adjusting planning, especially with regard to detailed plans. He also underlined the need to stamp out corruption, and other negative phenomena when focusing on master planning adjustment and the implementation of detailed planning.
The Government leader has therefore assigned the municipal Party Committee, the People’s Council, and the municipal administration to develop a public and transparent management mechanism to monitor master planning. The Ministry of Construction and other agencies will periodically supervise the implementation of the master plan, while other ministries and agencies must create favourable conditions for Da Nang to develop infrastructure, including seaports and airports, PM Phuc emphasized.
A young man in central Vietnam has helped his family escape poverty by chicken breeding and planting peach trees.
|Tran Manh Quy, in Xuan Du Commune, Thanh Hoa Province, has been recognised by the Vietnam Youth Federation for his contribution to society. — Photo tuoitrethanhhoa.vn|
Tran Manh Quy, 32, lives in Xuan Du Commune, Nhu Thanh, Thanh Hoa Province. His income has hit VND700 million (US$30,300) per year and he has created jobs for 10 local residents with a stable salary of VND5 million each monthly.
Born into a farming family in a poor mountainous region, Quy had a tough childhood.
After graduating from Hanoi University of Physical Education and Sports, he worked all kinds of jobs but still could not afford to care for his family.
In 2012, he realised the land of his hometown was suitable for growing peaches and learned through newspapers and the internet about how to raise chickens under peach trees.
After months of thinking, he decided to leave Hanoi to return to his hometown to chase his chicken and peaches dream.
“To implement this agricultural combined model, I had to borrow VND150 million from relatives and a local bank,” he said.
Initially, he only raised 200 chickens and planted 200 peach trees and some other fruit trees.
Because he did not have experience in farming and breeding, he encountered many difficulties and the baby chickens died frequently.
With perseverance and an inquisitive spirit, he overcame the difficulties, and improve his skills day by day.
In 2015, he sold many batches of chickens and decided to expand production by planting 300 more peach and other fruit trees, breeding another 800 chickens and digging fish ponds.
“To ensure a stable raw source and output, as well as learn experience, I joined a local breeding group with 22 outstanding members,” he said.
With his diligent and learning spirit, his farm has expanded to 1.5ha, including 2,000 peach trees, 200 dragon fruit trees and he sells 3,000 chickens raised according to VietGap standards each year.
His farm’s chickens have been certified as hygienic and safe by the Agriculture Department of Nhu Thanh District.
His farm’s chickens are sold to provincial supermarkets and traders. In the Tet (Lunar New Year) period, he sold 500 peach trees and 1,500 chickens.
As well as running his business, Quy is the Deputy Secretary of the Xuan Du Commune Youth Union and helps clean village roads and build charity houses for local residents.
He led the youth union groups to guide local people on how to protect themselves when from the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also encouraged local villagers and youth union members to donate flood to people in flooded parts of the central provinces.
On his plans for the future, Quy said: “I will expand the farm and guide the youth union members to develop the economic model by sharing techniques and breeds.”
Tran Tien Hung, Deputy Secretary of Nhu Thanh District’s Youth Union, said Quy has always been a leader in the economic development movement of young people.
“He has contributed to building a beautiful image of Thanh Hoa Province’s youth who always devote their work to the community,” Hung said.
Quy was honoured as a ‘Model youth example in 2020’ by the Vietnam Youth Federation. VNS
The Hanoitimes – The old yellow-painting apartment buildings in Hanoi, apart from their own charms and characteristics, has also contributed to the development of the city.
Apart from Turtle Tower, Hoan Kiem Lake, or One Pillar Pagoda – the eternal symbols of Hanoi , old yellow-painted apartment buildings with caged balconies characterize the post-war Hanoi. They are a part to the landscape of the capital both yesterday and today.
|The old apartment building inside Hanoi University in Thanh Xuan district., Hanoi. Photo: Dinh Quyen.|
Built in the 1960s-1980s in the four central districts of Hanoi, old apartment buildings, usually with five storeys, remarked the first stage of the construction of the new socialist country, becoming not only a witness of history and architecture of a period but also a symbol of neighborhood and community culture and life.
As those buildings were firstly given to state cadres, residents here were not only neighbors but also co-workers and even friends.
Many generations have lived in those buildings and everyone knows each other as well as each other’s family members. In addition, as they share several parts in the building such as the gate, the balcony, the hall, the playground, the garden, among others, their relationship is close.
|The Kim Lien old apartment building in Dong Da district., Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Anh Tuan.|
To many people born during the 1960-1980s, these buildings reminisce their childhood . It was where they chased and played games with other kids next door along the hall and the playground every day. When they grew up, the narrow stair could be a romantic dating place at night.
To women, it was unforgettable days washing dishes and clothes under the public tap with others, drying them on the balcony, or preparing a big pot to together cook banh chung (traditional rice cake) in the public space in front of the building on the occasion of Tet (Lunar New Year Festival).
There they were both doing their work, talking about their day, work, children, price at local markets, or sharing a new cooking recipe or the experience of making iron caged-balcony in the back of the apartment to expand the small space or breeding pigs at home as almost everyone did at that time.
|Old apartment buildings are a special part in the life of many people. Photo: Dinh Quyen|
Meanwhile, the garden was the favorite place of the elders where they looked after their vegetables and bonsai or had some tea in the afternoon with neighbors.
Particular, the notice board was an important part of their life. Every time when it informed some news, activities and parties in the holidays and festival seasons, all the residents were eager to talk about it and participate in it. In the age without internet and high-end technology, it was the “delicious spiritual food” for them.
Moreover, it also helped tighten the relationship among family members and neighbors. It is very different today in new modern buildings where neighbors do not usually know much about and even barelymeet.
|A bodyguard of Thanh Xuan old building apartment. Photo: Dinh Quyen|
Old apartment buildings are a special part in the life of many people, including writers, poets and painters who have brought them into their works with a lot of memories, feelings and love.
These buildings and the residents together passed through the tough time of the war, the post-war penury as well as a lot of changes from the period of economic subsidy to the renovation and the development today.
In the current rapid urbanization of Hanoi, there are plenty of new resident areas providing better living conditions so that many people have moved in and out from these old apartment buildings.
|Photo: Dinh Quyen|
The residents and the neighbors of the same place, however, behave differently among themselves now and the new rhythm of modern life also changes the relationships among them.
Nonetheless, some typical lifestyle of the place still remains. If you visit one of them in areas such as Giang Vo, Thanh Cong, Nguyen Cong Tru, Kim Lien, Trung Tu, Van Chuong, Thuy Loi, among others you can catch some kids sliding on old stairs, lines of clothes hanging on the balcony, plant and flower pots appearing behind bars of iron cages or elders playing chess in the public ground, to explore another part of Hanoi which is full of interesting surprises hidden in its small and modest appearance.
Pham Xuan Thang, member of the Party Central Committee and Secretary of the Hai Duong provincial Party Committee, speaks at the meeting on March 1 (Photo: VNA)
It will shift to a new status, both drastically fighting the coronavirus and taking action to conduct socio-economic development tasks.
This was decided by the Standing Board of the provincial Party Committee at a meeting on March 1 reviewing anti-COVID-19 efforts.
The coronavirus broke out in Hai Duong province on January 27.
The hotspot in Chi Linh has now been eliminated, while the one in Cam Giang district is under control. Relevant forces are also ramping up efforts to address a cluster in Kim Thanh district, which has been sealed off, as soon as possible.
Applauding the province’s sense of responsibility, Tran Nhu Duong, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and head of the Ministry of Health’s working group, pointed out that its greatest success is that there haven’t been any related fatalities, testing capacity has increased dozens of times, and nearly 11,000 groups for COVID-19 monitoring, prevention, and control were set up in the community with the participation of over 25,000 people.
He also warned, however, about a possible resurgence of the virus, and asked the province to view fighting COVID-19 as a regular and ongoing task in the “new normal”.
Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Pham Xuan Thang said that, from March 3, Hai Duong will carry out 10 groups of anti-COVID-19 solutions and five groups of socio-economic development solutions.
As the outbreak may return, the entire local political system will not lower its guard and will remain on alert and be stringent in the fight, he stated.
As of the afternoon of February 28, Hai Duong had recorded 665 cases of COVID-19 in this new outbreak, with 297 recoveries. More than 16,000 people were sent to concentrated quarantine sites.
Authorities have also strictly dealt with violations of rules on disease prevention and control, imposing fines totalling over 3.4 billion VND (147,000 USD).