Social News 24/12

Institutional reform quality is crucial - deputy minister Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung has expressed concerns over the slower-than-expected institutional process in Vietnam and urged the country to focus on the quality of institutional reform to achieve sustainable development. Speaking at a seminar on market economy development in Hanoi City on December 22, Dung said Vietnam has been doing a lot of things to boost institutional reform, including the restructuring of State-owned enterprises and public investments and legal improvements. But these are not enough, so the nation keeps moving on with further institutional reform. "…We have to find out the key to reform quality as the country will lose opportunities if we have to repeat reform processes," he said. Unlike other countries, Vietnam is in transition and is developing from a low base with a lack of resources and manpower. Therefore, it is tough for the nation to access and adopt good … [Read more...]

Community-based activities help curb human trafficking in Nghe An

Community-based communication activities and prevention measures have proved effective in reducing human trafficking in the central border province of Nghe An. The Women’s Union in Nghe An began the activities in 2012 in the mountainous districts of Con Cuong, Tuong Duong, Que Phong and Quy Chau, where many girls and women have fallen victims to trafficking due to poverty and poor knowledge. The union has held group talks and provided newspapers and leaflets to local women on how to recognize and avoid the tricks employed by traffickers. The union has also worked with the local law enforcement to keep a close eye on vulnerable groups and suspect individuals, while providing financial support and vocational training for returning victims to settle down. Since early this year, as many as 28 training courses for nearly 1,500 locals on the rights of migrant workers have been conducted, in the context of increasing number of Nghe An residents moving to Laos for work. … [Read more...]

Social News 8/12

Traffic police officer faces investigation Police in Ba Ria-Vung Tau yesterday started an investigation into a traffic police officer who allegedly crashed his BMW into a group of militiamen while on patrol on Saturday morning, killing two and seriously injuring at least five others. The policeman was identified as Lieutenant Pham Hong Tuan of Chau Duc District's Traffic Division. According to initial reports, a group of militiamen from Lang Lon Commune and Ngai Giao Town in Chau Duc District were on patrol and had stopped by the roadside in Ngai Giao for a break. The BMW was apparently speeding and crashed directly into the group. … [Read more...]

Social News 15/10

Family farms key to sustainability Sustainable family farming could help solve hunger and food production problems in Viet Nam, UN food security officials said during a celebration yesterday of the 34th World Food Day in the northern province of Quang Ninh's Hong Phong Commune. The commune, where many households farm together and women play an important role, embodied this year's theme: Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and UN Women in Viet Nam hosted the celebration. … [Read more...]

Social News 20/9

USAID grants US$1.5 mil to HCM City's metro project The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways signed a grant agreement on September 18 for a feasibility study on fully integrated information solutions for the central control of a metro system in HCM City. This is the third time USTDA has provided non-refundable aid to help the city implement an urban railway system. Bui Xuan Cuong, head of the Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways said the project has a total projected cost of US$1.5 million, of which US$900,000 is sourced from USTDA, US$600, 000 from Cisco Systems and the remaining from the city's budget. … [Read more...]

Sports News 4/9

Women's football team prepares for ASIAD 17 The national women's football team on September 3 flew to China for a training camping preparation for the upcoming 2014 Asian Games (ASIAD 17) to take place in Incheon, the Republic of Korea later this month. During the training camp, the team plays a friendly match with a Chinese team on September 5. Upon returning to Vietnam, they plan to continue training at the Hanoi National Sport Training Center. Previously, chief coach Mai Duc Chung announced a list of players selected to take part in ASIAD 17. … [Read more...]

Troops help improve ethnic peoples’ living standards

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PANO - The Economy-Defence Unit 4 under Military Zone 4 has been active in supporting H'mong ethnic minority people in Tri Le commune, Que Phong district, Nghe An province to boost socio-economic development. With its two investment projects, the unit has helped the localities access to electricity and fresh water. … [Read more...]

List of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a list of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment from now to 2020. The projects are categorized into five: technical infrastructure, social infrastructure, agriculture, processing and preserving and production-service sectors. No.ProjectLocalityTotal Capital(million USD)Investment modelContactI. TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE 1.1 Traffic infrastructure I.1.1 Roads 1 North-South expressway project, Ninh Binh - Thanh Hoa segment and Thanh Hoa - Nghi Son segment. Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa 1,867 PPP Management Board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 2 Dau Giay - Phan Thiet expressway. Dong Nai, Binh Duong 757 PPP Management board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 3 Bien Hoa - Vung Tau expressway. Dong Nai, Bà Rịa - Vung Tau 1,175 PPP, ODA … [Read more...]

Social News 21/7

Three dead, three injured in lightning strikes in Lao Cai Heavy rain mixed with thunder and lightning killed three children and injured three others in the north-western province of Lao Cai on July 19. The six were struck by lightning at around 4:03pm while they were grazing their buffalo and taking shelter under a big tree in Bon hamlet, Bao Yen district. The three dead victims were aged from 11-14, and identified as Truong Thi Cau and her two brothers Truong Van Mong and Truong Van Dau from Bon hamlet. … [Read more...]