US$ 4.5 billion thermo-electric power plant built in Nam Dinh

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Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, has given approval to the project of a thermo-power plant, based in Nam Dinh, at the cost of US$ 4.5 billion. Expected to be in operation for 25 years, the power plant will be built by Korea's Taekwang Vina Industrial Company, the BOT contractor of investor Hashinco. Located on an area of 251ha in Hai Hau district, the first phase of the power plant, capable of 1,200MW, will be completed by 2017 and its capacity will be doubled by 2021 when the second phase will be completed. At present, Taekwang Vina is negotiating with relevant agencies to secure reasonable electricity prices. Source: Vnexpress Translated by Hoang Anh … [Read more...]

Nam Dinh vows to support RoK investor in power project

The authorities of the northern province of Nam Dinh pledged to help the Republic of Korea's Taekwang Vina Industrial Company to solve difficulties and speed up the implementation of its thermo-electric power project in Hai Hau district. Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Nguyen Van Tuan made the affirmation at a working session with Taekwang Chief Representative Park Hyang Soo on September 6. According to the provincial leader, the project has seen many favourable conditions as it won the backing of local people and the Government's approval for its purchase of domestic coal. He suggested Taekwang immediately inform the province about any difficulty so that the two sides can work together to deal with it. The RoK company submitted a pre-feasibility plan for the project in January this year and hopes to receive a license by the end of 2012. The Nam Dinh thermoelectric power plant, with a total investment of US$4.5 billion, will be built in Hai Chau and … [Read more...]

Deputy PM directs ministries to boost agro-product exports

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has asked governmental agencies to help facilitate agro-product exports since it faced a decline in the first four months of this year. The leader has requested that the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) forms an inter-sector working team on exports and imports while speeding up negotiations on trade agreements. MoIT was asked to increase its promotional activities and better manage cross-border import and export activities. The Deputy PM has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to review regulations concerning quarantine procedures and to revise unsuitable regulations. He has also ordered the State Bank of Vietnam to examine proposals providing incentivised credit packages for enterprises that export agro-products. The Ministry of Finance will examine added value taxes and other tariffs on tea, semi-processed rubber and spare parts used in hi-tech products. Hai asked the Ministry of Transport to examine the … [Read more...]

Deputy PM asks for stronger agriculture reform

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has urged ministries, agencies and localities to accelerate the restructuring of the agricultural sector, saying that this is an urgent task. During the first meeting of the interdisciplinary steering committee for agriculture restructuring in Hanoi on May 19, the Deputy PM stressed the need to raise public awareness of legal regulations, especially Vietnamese and international commercial laws. He asked for stronger communication campaigns at all levels in the coming time, mainly targeting farmers. Speaking at the event, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat reported that 17 national and 7 regional plans have been established to restructure the agriculture sector. He said that these projects have contributed remarkably to the sector’s production and business activities. In 2014, the sector’s production value increased 3.9 percent and its GDP growth rate reached 3.49 percent, 0,22 percent higher than the set … [Read more...]

Social News 20/5

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Older population in need of financial assistance Almost half of the population aged 60 and above in Viet Nam is not eligible for social subsidies or participate in the country's social insurance programme. This was among the main concerns raised by participants during a May 19 conference in Ha Noi entitled, "Financial Security of Older Women" and co-organised by the Vietnam National Committee for the Elderly, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Singapore-based Tsao Foundation. Government statistics last year indicated there were more than 9.5 million elderly aged 60 and above. Of these, only 1.4 million received financial assistance for their contribution to the country's revolutionary wars. Another 1.4 million were entitled to the Government financial assistance programme for the elderly aged 80 and above, which begins by providing VND180,000 a month (US$8.5). Another two million were eligible to receive pensions, while support was given to 95,000, being … [Read more...]

Agricultural restructuring requires stronger connection

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NDO - Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has said closer links between relevant agencies and localities is needed for the agricultural restructuring process to succeed. Deputy PM Hai stated on May 19 at a meeting of a committee on agricultural restructuring that leaders responsible for agricultural matters should change their mindset to bring about radical changes to the sector. He acknowledged that although Vietnam’s agriculture has moved from subsistence farming to commodity production, it is still less efficient than expected and fails to increase the income of farmers substantially. The deputy prime minister said as Vietnam is accelerating its integration into the world economy, farmers and agricultural firms need to join forces to deal with growing pressure from foreign competitors. Meanwhile banks should increase their lending to farmers, and agriculture and trade ministries ought to enhance their forecast capacity to help farmers select appropriate crops. Deputy PM … [Read more...]

Reforestation needs to be fulfilled in 2015

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has asked provincial People Committees nationwide to accomplish reforestation projects in forest lands which were converted for hydroelectric plant construction and other purposes in 2015. The Deputy Prime Minister urged the authorities to disburse their forest protection and development fund contributed by investors for reforestation. He also requested relevant ministries and provincial authorities to strictly implement the national programme on strengthening the management of planning, investment and operation of hydropower works. According to reports, by December 2014, 28 among 55 provinces and cities had planted forests across nearly 7,200 hectares to compensate for forest areas converted to other purposes.-VNA … [Read more...]

Hai Phong Power Company receives Independence Order

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Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai pins the Independence Order on the HPPC flag (Photo: VGP) NDO – The Hai Phong Power Company Limited (HPPC) held a ceremony on May 16 to mark its 60th anniversary (1955-2015) and receive the Independence Order, second class, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai. Congratulating the HPPC on receiving the accolade, Deputy PM Hai urged the company’s leaders and workers to make more efforts in working and to promote creativity for the development of Vietnam’s electricity sector. The HPCC leaders were asked to organise the company in an effective way while increasing productivity and ensuring a safe and sustainable power supply for Hai Phong city. Over the past 60 years, the HPPC has affirmed its significant role in the construction and socio-economic development of Hai Phong city. In its first year of establishment in 1955, the company generated only 16.6 million kWh, which was mostly used for agriculture, … [Read more...]

Social News 14/5

PM approves assessment council for national programmes Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved the establishment of an Assessment Council to assess all national target programmes on rural development and sustainable poverty reduction for the period of 2016-20. The council will be responsible for organising the assessment of investment plans for various programmes and submitting them to the Prime Minister for consideration and to the National Assembly for approval. Its tasks will also include organising the feasibility studies of various programmes and submitting their reports to the Prime Minister for consideration. The council will have the authority to ask organisations or units preparing investment plans to provide relevant documents and information on various programmes to serve the assessment process. If necessary, the council can also ask organisations or units to complete their documents to meet assessment demands and consider and make decisions on assessment plans and … [Read more...]

South Korea’s high-tech project in Ha Nam province

Project to manufacture telecommunications equipment and LED lights.

(VOVworld) – Construction of a telecommunications and lighting equipment manufacturing factory began in Ha Nam province on Wednesday. It is part of the project run by the South Korean-invested KMW Vina Company, with a total investment capital of 100 million USD. The project will manufacture telecommunications equipment such as filters, diffusion equipment, antennas, connector radios, and other products. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai spoke highly of the project which shows the promising potential in Vietnamese - South Korean relations especially in the field of economics. Mr. Hai urged Ha Nam province and investors to exert their greatest efforts to assure the quality and scheduled completion of the construction. … [Read more...]

Work starts on 100 mln USD telecom equipment factory

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A view of the ground breaking ceremony for the telecommunications equipment and LED lighting equipment factory. (Photo: VNA) The Korean-invested KMW Vina Co Ltd held a ground breaking ceremony for a 100-million USD telecommunications equipment and LED lighting equipment factory in the northern province of Ha Nam on May 13. Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai requested KMW Vina coordinate with provincial authorities during construction and operations and prioritise the employment of local labourers. Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Mai Tien Dung said once completed, the factory will not only meet demand for electrical equipment but also contribute to diversifying the province’s industrial products. Located at the Dong Van 1 Industrial Park, the factory covers over 30 hectares and expects to produce 220,000 telecommunications and radio engineering devices and 380,0000 pieces of LED lighting equipment each year, creating jobs for 5,000 … [Read more...]

Work starts on $100m Korean-invested factory in Ha Nam

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HA NAM (Biz Hub) — Korean-invested KMW Vina Co Ltd began construction on May 13 of a US$100 million factory manufacturing telecommunications, radio engineering components and lighting equipment in the northern province of Ha Nam. Covering over 30ha at Dong Van 1 Industrial Park in Duy Tien District, the factory is expected to produce 220,000 telecommunications and radio engineering devices and 380,0000 pieces of LED lighting equipment per year, as well as create jobs for 5,000 workers. The factory is scheduled to begin operating by the end of 2015. In his address at the groundbreaking ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai asked the KMW Vina Company to closely work with local authorities while carrying out the project, as well as employ and train workers for the factory. Further, Provincial Party Committee Secretary Mai Tien Dung said the operation of the factory would not only help meet the demands of the local market, but also help to diversify the province's … [Read more...]

Phap Van–Cau Gie highway to open

The upgrade of Phap Van–Cau Gie highway, the southern gateway to Hanoi, is to be completed by late June, six months ahead of schedule. Under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) project, a fee of 1,500 VND per km per passenger car unit will be collected from July, which will last for 17 years and three months. The upgrade in the first phase, with a total capital of more than 6.7 trillion VND (315 million USD), includes revamp of the current four-lane, 25m-wide road. The second phase, worth more than 4.7 trillion VND (223 million USD), involves the expansion of the four-lane highway to a six-lane one, with the width of 33.5m. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said the six-lane highway was expected to cater to 60,000 vehicles per day, double its current capacity, after it gets completed in early 2018. It is also expected to improve traffic safety and ease congestion on national highway 1A. The new road will be linked to Cau Gie-Ninh Binh highway, allowing vehicles to … [Read more...]

Government urges completion of resettlement in Son La hydro power plant

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(VOVworld)- Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, Head of the State Steering Committee for Son La and Lai Chau hydro-power plants chaired a meeting on Monday to address the problems facing the resettlement of Son La Hydro-Power plant area. The Deputy prime Minister urged the relevant authorities to complete the resettlement soon to help local people stabilize their lives. Son La hydro power plant in Muong La district, Son La province was constructed in December 2005 and inaugurated 7 years later becoming the largest hydro power plant in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Due to the project, people in the Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau projected regions have had to move to resettlement areas. So far, 90% of the resettlement project has been completed. … [Read more...]

Party, state, government leaders meet voters

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(VOVworld) – Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong and the delegation of National Assembly deputies of Hanoi met with voters in Ba Dinh district on Saturday. Voters agreed with the 11th Party plenum’s discussion of criteria for members of the Party central committee, the politburo, and the secretariat and said they believed the upcoming 12th National Party Congress will select a Party Central Committee competent enough to lead the country in the next 5 years. Party leader Trong acknowledged voters’ opinions and clarified some points concerning the organization of the local administration and the Party’s determination to implement its resolution on Party building. The same day, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with voters in Phu Ninh district, Quang Nam province. Voters commended the performance of the National Assembly and hoped that it will increase its supervision of national major issues including social welfare and treatment for policy beneficiaries. … [Read more...]

Party chief meets voters in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh district

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Party leader Trong speaking at the meeting (photo: Vo Hai) NDO - Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong suggested voters introduce commendable people to the upcoming 12th Party Centre Committee while meeting with voters in Hanoi's Ba Dinh district on the morning of May 9. The Party chief and a delegation of deputies from the Hanoi National Assembly held a meeting with Ba Dinh district's voters following a meeting with voters in Hoan Kiem district on May 8. Many local voters praised the success of the 11th congress of the Party Central Committee's 11th tenure, particularly in regards to the formation of specific criteria on personnel for the next tenure. Voters raised their concerns over the declaration of assets of leaders, saying that the declaration of assets has not been carried out strictly thus affecting the selection of personnel for the next Party tenure. Party leader Trong said that to build a good management agency, many principles and processes should be followed. … [Read more...]

Leaders meet local voters

(VOV) -Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong and a delegation of National Assembly deputies of Hanoi on May 9 met with voters in Ba Dinh district. Voters agreed with the 11th Party plenum’s discussion of criteria for members of the Party central committee, the politburo, and the secretariat and said they believed the upcoming 12th National Party Congress will select a Party Central Committee competent enough to lead the country in the next 5 years. Party leader Trong acknowledged voters’ opinions and clarified some points concerning the organization of the local administration and the Party’s determination to implement its resolution on Party building. The same day, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with voters in Phu Ninh district, central Quang Nam province. Voters commended the performance of the National Assembly and hoped that it will increase its supervision of national major issues including social welfare and treatment for policy beneficiaries. Phuc … [Read more...]

Gov’t approves key infrastructure projects

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VietNamNet Bridge – The Government has given the nod to a number of major infrastructure projects nationwide, including those in the Thu Thiem New Urban Area in HCMC and a road linking Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway and Sa Pa Town in Lao Cai Province. According to the just-issued Document 567/TTg-KTN, the Government allows HCMC to award no-bid contracts to investors to develop infrastructure for the northern urban area and complete the north-south road in the Thu Thiem New Urban Area under the build-operate (BT) format. The city authorities should urge the investors to implement the projects as scheduled and guarantee their quality. Earlier, the city government selected HCMC Infrastructure Investment Joint Stock Company to carry out the two projects to develop infrastructure in functional sections 3 and 4 of the Thu Thiem New Urban Area and build a road section from Thu Thiem 1 Bridge to Mai Chi Tho Street. The company plans to break ground for the two projects this month. The … [Read more...]

Social News 7/5

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Crane driver arrested after fatal accident Police in southern Dong Thap Province have arrested Nguyen Thai Huynh, 29, driver of a crane that fell onto a road in Hong Ngu Town, killing a woman and her two children. Lieutenant-colonel Che Thi My Trang, representative of the provincial Police Department, said that regulations stipulated that crane drivers must be in possession of professional qualifications, as well as a safety certificate for operating a crane and a licence to operate a crane in construction work. However, Huynh only had the professional qualification certificate. Trang said Huynh's behaviour resulted in his unintentionally killing three people. The police are investigating and will prosecute if the evidence points to a crime having been committed. On Tuesday morning, Huynh, from central Nghe An Province, was driving the crane on Provincial Road No 842 when it crashed down onto a woman carrying her two children on the road. All three pedestrians were killed. An … [Read more...]

Hanoi asked to speed up river improvement projects

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai requested the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Hanoi People’s Committee to speed up projects to clean up and improve the Day, Tich and Nhue Rivers in the city. Hai called on the ministry and the city to prioritise these projects so as to proactively address the impacts of climate change, such as unusual weather patterns, heavy rainfall and flooding. They were also urged to work with the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Ministry of Finance to resolve budget problems and submit proposals to the Prime Minister. Hai stressed the necessity of hastening construction of the Yen Nghia Pumping Station and flood prevention and embankment improvement plans along the Day River. He also urged the MARD to ensure adequate water supply for production and daily life of residents along the lower section of the Tich River as well as propose a solution to cope with the declining water levels of the Red River in the … [Read more...]