Social News 7/3

Ministry: Truck loads to be inspected before departure Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang said weighbridges will be set up at warehouses, ports and other places where goods are loaded onto trucks in a stronger move to bar overloaded trucks from the road. Figures of the Directorate for Roads showed that law enforcement agencies inspected over 430,000 vehicles and discovered over 57,000 violations from April 1 to December 31 last year, heard the ministry’s meeting on enhancing the monitoring of truck loads on Tuesday. Around 5,900 out of over 56,000 trucks inspected in the year’s first two months were found violating load limit regulations. Competent agencies detected and fined more than 1,152 oversized trucks in the period as well. However, Tran Bao Ngoc, director of the Transport Department at the ministry, said many overloaded trucks are still seen on the road at night. Authorities in some provinces have not got tough on overloaded trucks for fear of possible impact … [Read more...]

Social News 5/3

Fire destroys 300 tons of cotton A fire that broke out yesterday afternoon lasted for 10 hours at a local company that sells cotton in the southern province of Binh Duong, destroying 300 tons of products. The fire broke out at Ninh Son Company in Hoa Loi Commune, Ben Cat Town, about 2pm yesterday, but lasted till midnight. More than 10 firefighting trucks were mobilised, but the firefighters were not able to contain the fire for several hours due to the large amount of cotton -- which burns very fast -- stored in the company. The blaze affected more than 1,000sq.m of the company's storage area. Hundreds of residents, who had rented rooms nearby, were also affected. Nguyen Thi Phuong Trang, a representative of the Ninh Son Company, said that the 300 tons of cotton had been recently imported and prepared for sale in the domestic market. The cause of the fire has not been identified yet. Quang Binh's largest fake fish sauce case discovered The Quang Binh People's Procuracy has … [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...]

Tien Giang pledges investment incentives

HCM CITY (VNS)— The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Tien Giang last Saturday unveiled a list of 13 projects that require investment. Four of them, all of which are key projects, include the drainage and waste water treatment system in My Tho City, Tien Giang central square, Tan Phuoc Industrial zone, and the provincial administrative area. The projects require a total investment of US$360.7 million. The list also includes a project to build apartments for specialists and workers at the Tan Huong resettlement area and Tan Huong Trade Centre project. These two projects need combined investment capital of $21.5 million. Investment is also required to develop Vam Lang fishing port, the Trung An residential area and projects in tourism and infrastructure at industrial zones. Speaking at the conference held in HCM City, Nguyen Dinh Thong, deputy director of the provincial Department of Planning and Investment, said the province would provide incentives for investors, including land … [Read more...]

President inspects measures to cope with sea level rise

President Truong Tan Sang talks with dragonfruit growers in Tien Giang Province's Cho Gao District about the impacts of the sea level on their activities. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

HA NOI (VNS0— President Truong Tan Sang is currently paying a working visit to the Mekong Delta, inspecting efforts being made to cope with rising sea levels. Sang visited the Go Cong sea dyke in Tien Giang province yesterday. The 21km sea dyke plays an important role in protecting the 54,400ha Go Cong fresh water zone that houses a 40,000ha production area on which thousands of locals earn their living. The Go Cong protective forest is widely-considered an effective shield to protect the 21km dyke from saline water intrusion. However, roughly 3km of the section from Vam Lang to Tan Thanh have been damaged by salinity. The President asked relevant agencies to speed up projects to prevent salt-water intrusion and reinforce the sea dyke and irrigation systems to serve production and the local population. He also toured the 28.6km Cho Gao canal which connects Tien Giang, Ho Chi Minh City and other Mekong Delta provinces. On Saturday, the President visited the Ba Tri sea dyke … [Read more...]

2 directors arrested for motorboat sinking that killed 9

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City reported that they have arrested two directors of two different companies for wrongdoings that contributed to the death of nine people in an overloaded motorboat that sank off the city's Can Gio District in August. >> Nine missing as motorboat sinks off HCMC The detainees are Vu Van Dao, 45, director of the Viet-Sec Technology JSC (Viet-Sec) and Chairman of the Vung Tau Marina JSC, and Dinh Van Quyet, 43, director of Vung Tau Marina. They were arrested on Thursday morning. The two have been charged with "putting into operation unsafe waterway means of transport" in pursuant to Article 214 of the Penal Code. Before their arrest, a high-ranking official of the Vietnam Maritime Administration said that the the investigation by a special team of the Transport Ministry showed that the two men must be held responsible for allowing the H29 speedboat to carry passengers from Tien Giang to Vung Tau by sea, while the vessel is designed only to … [Read more...]

Flotilla 2 saves five troubled fishermen

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Flotilla 2 under the Tra Vinh Provincial Border Guard Command successfully saved 5 fishermen in distress at sea on July 19th. At 1pm on July 19th, the Truong Long Hoa Border Post received an SOS signal from troubled trawler TV 2322 TS, with Pham Van Thuat at the helm, a native in Nha Mat village, Truong Long Hoa commune, Duyen Hai district. While fishing around 7 nautical miles from east of the Vam Lang Nuoc water, the trawler sank after its engine failure caused by strong winds and high waves. Promptly, Flotilla 2 located the distressed trawler and then sent 15 cadres and troops and ship ST 1442B to the scene. After more than an hour searching, the rescue force found 5 adrift fishermen and took them ashore safely. Source: VNA Translated by Ha Thanh … [Read more...]

Child-centred climate resilience programme launched

The Child-Centred Climate Change Resilience Programme in southern Tien Giang province, funded by the Australia Agency for International Development, was launched on April 16. The project, worth 8.1 billion VND (more than 387,000 USD), will be implemented from now to 2014 in seven communes where suffer impacts of climate change and sea water level rising. They include Gia Thuan, Kieng Phuoc, Phuoc Trung, Tan Dien communes and Vam Lang town of Go Cong Dong district, Binh Xuan and Binh Dong communes of Go Cong township. It aims at enhancing the adaptation of vulnerable children and communities in targeted communes and improving their understanding on climate change's impacts, while reducing effects of climate change. Besides, the project builds a community-level climate change resilience model and organise communication activities in order to change behaviour on climate change in the communities.-VNA … [Read more...]

GOVERNMENT IN BRIEF 1/4

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Twinning with French court to aid consensus The Viet Nam Supreme People's Court and the Court of Cassation of France have established a twining relationship to create a legal foundation and favourable conditions for co-operation between the two countries legal and judicial sectors. An agreement was signed by Chief Judge of the Viet Nam Supreme People's Court Truong Hoa Binh and his French counterpart Vincent Lamanda in Paris, as part of Binh's visit to France last week. Under the agreement, the two sides will discuss measures to enhance co-operation between the two courts and regularly exchange delegations of judges and court officials at various levels. A secretariat headed by the two chief judges will be set up to supervise the implementation of co-operation programmes, which will be built annually under a consensus reached by the two chief judges. The signing of the agreement marks an important starting point in the close co-operation between the two courts and judicial … [Read more...]

President inspects sea level rise prevention in Mekong delta

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President Truong Tan Sang visiting residents in Tan Thieng commune, Cho Lach district in Ben Tre province (Image: VNA) President Truong Tan Sang is paying a working visit to the Mekong delta to inspect its efforts to cope with rising sea level. Sang visited the Go Cong sea dyke in Tien Giang province on March 31. The 21km sea dyke plays an important role in protecting the 54,400 ha Go Cong fresh water zone that houses a 40,000 ha production area on which thousands of locals are earning their living. The Go Cong protective forest is considered an effective shield to protect the 21km dyke from saline water intrusion. However, about 3km of the section from Vam Lang to Tan Thanh are totally damaged by salinity. The President asked relevant agencies to speed up projects to prevent salt-water intrusion and reinforce the sea dyke and irrigation systems to serve production and human life. He also toured the 28.6km Cho Gao canal which connects Tien Giang and Ho Chi Minh City and other … [Read more...]

Free freshwater supply for residents in Mekong Delta

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Authorities in provinces in the Mekong Delta will now supply free freshwater to people in the region to meet the severe shortage of clean potable water in this entire area. Dried river in the Mekong delta According to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in Ben Tre Province, 63,000 households or 250,000 people are in dire need of freshwater, which has resulted in high costs for clean water, even higher than previous years, said the department. Freshwater for daily needs fetched VND60,000 (US$2.9) per cubic meter. In Ben Tre Town, which is more than 50 kilometers from the sea, salinity in water is upto two per thousand. The freshwater and environmental hygiene center has installed pipes to reduce salinity to one per thousand. Residents are continuing to buy freshwater at VND30,000 per cubic meter. A resident in An Thuy Commune in Ba Tri District said she only used purchased freshwater for cooking while she still used salt water for bathing. In Tien Giang … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 25/12

Natural resources need careful management Development in Viet Nam has relied too much on the exploitation of finite natural resources, an official of the environment ministry has warned. Nguyen Thai Lai, deputy minister of Natural Resources and Environment, said yesterday that better conservation must be applied to save the country's non-renewable natural resources. "Exploitation of natural resources for development has caused some of them to be near the edge of exhaustion, and we need close supervision to control exploitation," he said, adding that such exploitation had become a major problem as the country's pace of urbanisation had increased. Lai spoke at a recent conference in HCM City organised by the city's University for Natural Resources and Environment. At the conference, 51 presentations by Vietnamese scientists and their counterparts from the US, Germany, South Korea and Australia were delivered. The presentations on research results discussed several issues, including … [Read more...]

Shrimp prices up in Tien Giang

Thanh Cong Unprocessed tiger prawn is now sold at VND220,000 per kilo of 30 units and VND180,000 per kilo of 40 units, up VND40,000 and VND20,000 respectively against last week. Meanwhile, white-legged shrimp has marked up VND5,000-8,000 to VND95,000-98,000 per kilo of 100 pieces, said Phan Van Phuc, a shrimp trader in Vam Lang Town in Tien Giang’s Go Cong Dong District. The shrimp crop is coming to an end, so output is falling. However, the demand for shrimp among processors is surging, but supply by shrimp-exporting countries is running short, sending domestic shrimp prices up. … [Read more...]

Tien Giang Cashing in on Local Resources to Draw Investment

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Lying on the western gateway to Ho Chi Minh City, Tien Giang province functions as a vital link in the centralised multiple model of the southern key economic zone that forms urban economic corridors in the Mekong Delta region. With its very important position of the transit region, with its huge production scale and high consumer demand in both Southeast and Southwest regions, Tien Giang province catches the interest of investors for its prime location, which helps reduce transportation costs while enhancing investment efficiency. Actively utilise advantages Tien Giang possesses numerous favourable conditions to attract investment capital for economic development. The first advantage is its prime location. Located between Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho City, Tien Giang is blessed with the benefits of a transit region, a trade gateway of the Mekong Delta region, a top supplier of input materials, agricultural products and food for Ho Chi Minh City and the key southern economic zone. … [Read more...]

The long lines of Tan Thanh

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Tan Thanh Beach in Mekong Delta Tien Giang Province’s Go Cong Dong District is not an ideal place for swimming, but it’s a real treat for the taste buds to visit. The quay at Tan Thanh Beach in the Mekong Delta’s Tien Giang Province … [Read more...]

Tien Giang Striving for Investment Attraction

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Being the province in the Southern Key Economic Zone and in the Mekong Delta, Tien Giang has much potential and strength to attract socio- economic investment. To study more about such potentials and advantages, Vietnam Business Forum had an interview with Mr Tran Van Dung, Director of Tien Giang Department of Planning and Investment. Ha Linh reports. Can you share about Tien Giang's investment attraction results in the first 6 months of 2012? In the first 6 months, the province licensed 13 investment projects with total registered capital of VND3,502 billion, including 7 FDI projects with registered capital of VND3,187 billion. 187 businesses registered for establishment with total registered capital of VND468.3 billion, down 17.3 percent in the number and 42.6 percent in the amount of registered capital. Besides, 78 ones registered to increase the capital with the total amount of VND 2,417.4 billion and 165 ones registered for addition of business fields while 33 branches and 12 … [Read more...]

Spring arrives at a fishing village

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(VOVworld) Spring has arrived at the coastal town of Vam Lang in the southern province of Tien Giang. This spring, local spirits are high because there has been a bumper fishing harvest. Ships full of fish, squid, and shrimp returning to Vam Lang just before Tet are good news for local fishermen and their families. After a month at sea, the Vam Lang fishing fleet returned home with 3 tons of squid, worth 2500 USD in profit for each vessel. Thanks to this bonaza, Huynh Van Sach enjoyed a comfortable and happy lunar New Year holiday. Mr. Sach said: "We're very happy this spring. We hope to have more big catches this year." Tran Van Thu, who owns 4 small fishing vessels in Vam Lang, said: "Thanks to favorable weather conditions, we had a good haul and are very excited to welcome the New Lunar Year." … [Read more...]

Bomb disposal squad in peacetime

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There are nameless people who are quietly facing death to bring peace for others. In the early morning, Duoi Chuot canal in Hamlet 1, Ba Sao commune, Cao Lanh district in the southern province of Dong Thap woke up by the appearance of some strangers. An old man in bare feet ran towards strange men with cheerful attitude. "Oh God, I'm so glad to see you here!" That old man was Mr. Tran Van Minh who had been living in uncertainty for a time, since he unearthed a big bomb on his field. The bomb emerged on the surface, with a steel wire with it. The news about the bomb spread very quickly. The road along Duoi Chuot canal, which is adjacent to Minh's field, suddenly became a dangerous spot. Anyone who saw the bomb was scare of it. Some daring men volunteered to take the bomb to cast it to a nearby river but Minh did not agree. Minh and his family became reluctant "bomb" guards. The ghost of war It is not a big surprise for people in the southwestern region to see bombs. They … [Read more...]

HCM City Ports Face Stiff Competition

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Recently, Dong Tam Group and Vina Capital Group have recently kicked off the Long An international port, industrial service and urban zone in Tan Lap commune, Can Giuoc district, Long An province. In this complex, the Long An International Port is an important component. New southern competitor Lying 2.6 km along the Soai Rap River and 14 km from the harbour, Long An International Port is designed to accommodate ships with loads from 30,000 - 70,000 DWT. The port is expected to handle 2.5 million tonnes of cargo a year in the first phase (in 2013), 9.3 million tonnes in the tonnes in the second phase (2015) and 15 million tonnes in 2020. The US$1 billion project is scheduled to complete in 10 years with seven international wharves capable of receiving ships of 30,000 - 50,000 DWT and six wharves for domestic inland ships of 1,000 DWT. With its natural endowments (nearer to the sea than ports in HCM City) and its scale, this is an actual threat to Hiep Phuoc port complex in the … [Read more...]

Tapping Water-based Tourism in Southern Tien Giang Province

Tien Giang province, about 70 km from Ho Chi Minh City, is endowed with all favourable natural conditions to develop water-based tourism. A 32 km coastline and a thick waterway system have created advantages and attractions for tourism development.

Water-based civilisation Lying along the Tien River and stretching 120 km to the East Sea, Tien Giang has a very thick crisscrossing canal network, spotted by beautiful islets like Co Lich, Tan Phong, Ngu Hiep, Thoi Son, Tan Long and Con Ngang to create verdant gardens in all four seasons where famous fruits are growing like Hoa Loc mango, Ngu Hiep durian, oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, Vinh Kim Lo Ren star apple and Go Cong acerola, and create the fresh air and water world in the Mekong River. The diverse natural conditions divide Tien Giang province into three different ecological zones - naturally conducive to tourism development. The freshwater ecological zone consists of the fruit tree island region and the residential region along the Tien River, including Cai Be, Cai Lay and Chau Thanh districts and My Tho City where fruit trees are green in all four seasons and canals are very thick for the formation of water-world resorts like Thoi Son islet and Cai Be floating market. … [Read more...]