Official appointment decisions announced

Mr. Nguyen Dinh Kiem (left) holds the post of Director of the Department of Planning and Investment

The appointed officials were asked to continue training and improving their professional qualifications, bring into full play strong points...* Mr. Nguyen Quang Phuc becomes Provincial Fatherland Front Committee Chairman Permanent members of the Hai Duong Provincial Party Committee (PPC) on March 2 morning held a ceremony to announce decisions of the PPC's Standing Board and the Provincial People's Committee on the appointment of leaders of some departments and sectors. Accordingly, as from March 1, Mr. Nguyen Dinh Kiem, PPC Member, Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, became Director of the Department of Planning and Investment; Mr. Vu Doan Quang, PPC Member, Director of the Department of Industry and Trade, became Director of the Department of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs; Mr. Vu Ngoc Long, PPC Member, Deputy Chief of the Secretariat of the Provincial People's Committee, became Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment; Mr. … [Read more...]

Way for farm produce sale paved

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Quite unlike previous years, the trade of farm produce has been promoted more proactively and methodically this year by Hai Duong provincial authorities. Programs to connect the trade between Hai Duong and many other provinces and cities have helped the sale of farm produce become more convenient. Promotion enhanced A trade promotion conference for Hai Duong's fruits and agricultural products early last June in Ha Noi attracted the attention of many enterprises and consumers. "When visiting the pavilions of Hai Duong's farm produce, I was surprised because I did not think the locality had so many good items. If such trade promotion conferences are not organized, we may only know guavas, thieu litchis, green bean cakes, and glutinous rice of Hai Duong while overlooking many other valuable agricultural products of the province, such as chicken eggs of Tam Loi chicken farm, onions and garlic of Kinh Mon, hill chickens of Chi Linh provincial town, dried green onions and carrots of … [Read more...]

Enterprises raise their voices

Director of Trung Hai - Hai Duong Cement JSC. Le Van Duc said the enterprise's treated waste had met permitted standards, so the province should verify to remove it from the list of establishments seriously polluting the environments

The Hai Duong provincial People's Committee on 13 November had a working session with representatives of facilities polluting the environment. The Hai Duong provincial People's Committee on the morning of 13 November had a working session with representatives of facilities polluting the environment under the chairmanship of Mr. Nguyen Anh Cuong, Member of the provincial Party's Committee's Standing Board, Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee. Many polluting enterprises The results of an inspection of 41 facilities reported by the people showed that environmental problems exist at most of the facilities, according to Mr. Vu Dinh Hien, Director of the Environmental Protection Sub-department. This year, the Inspectorate of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment has also checked 34 establishments in the list of environmental polluters. Accordingly, most of the establishments committed environmental violations. Regarding each violation act, 33 among 34 … [Read more...]

Tightening management of industrial zones

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(VEN) - When development is not based on actual needs and not focused on the construction of basic infrastructure, some industrial zones (IZs) in Hai Duong Province have inefficiently operated. Management improvements are being made to help IZs operate more efficiently and prevent land going to waste in the province. At a conference of the Industry and Trade sector, Hai Duong Department of Industry and Trade director Vu Doan Quang said that Hai Duong had 40 IZs approved planning till the end of last year. However, in the process of development to match actual needs, five IZs were converted purpose and function. Therefore, the province currently has 35 IZs covering on a total planning area of nearly 1,544 hectares. Of which, 28 IZs have put into operation, attracting 285 investment projects with total registered capital of over VND6.63 trillion. In addition, the IZs system has brought socioeconomic benefits to Hai Duong, industrial production value generated from businesses in IZs in … [Read more...]

To promote purchasing and consuming safe seafood

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​Since April 25, the situation of seafood production and consumption of local fishermen has been facing difficulties due to the mass deaths of sea fish in coastal provinces from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien Hue provinces, according to reports of departments and units at the meeting on May 04 chaired by the PPC's Vice Chairman Pham Truong Tho. ​As informed, Quang Ngai province currently has more than 5,500 fishing boats including 3,000 90CV and above offshore fishing boats. In the past few days, due to the low seafood prize, fishermen are facing with losses. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development coordinates with related agencies and units to determine the seafood sources of Quang Ngai fishing boats, especially for the boats landed from Da Nang to Ha Tinh in order to ensure the output for fishermen. Reported by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment at the meeting, the coastal environment of the province in the past few days are on safe condition with no unusual fish … [Read more...]

Red sea water disappears from central Vietnam; cause remains unknown

The red sea water was seen on May 4, 2016. Photo:

A streak of reddish sea water along the shoreline of a beach in the north-central province of Quang Binh has disappeared one day after emerging on Wednesday, leaving authorities in the dark over why the sea had turned red. Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. "The red color started to fade away on Wednesday afternoon," he added. As observed by Tuoi Tre reporters, the streak of red sea water has gone, but the water was quite murky. On Thursday morning, dead fish continued washing ashore, but only in modest numbers. But the cause behind the red sea water remains an unanswered question, the local environmental agency admitted. "Relevant agencies in Hanoi took samples of the red sea water and we have to wait for their test results," said Phan Xuan Hao, head of the environmental agency under the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment. The department has warned local residents against swimming at the beach and using the red sea water for cooking, cleaning, and other … [Read more...]

Ministry deems water samples from central coastal region safe

A beach in the central province of Thanh Hoa. All sea water samples taken from 22 seaside resorts in four provinces were deemed safe in a recent report. – Photo: VNN

VietNamNet Bridge – All the water samples taken from seaside resorts in the four central costal provinces hard hit by mass fish deaths recently are within the safe levels, according to a recent report. The report was published by the Viet Nam Environment Administration under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The sea water samples were taken from 22 different seaside resorts in four provinces -- Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue that have witnessed a sea of fish dead since early April. The samples were taken from a distance of 1.5km from the seashore and from a depth of 0.3-0.5m twice a day, in the morning and in the afternoon. Test results revealed all the samples were within the specified levels under the national norms for seaside resorts, the report says. Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha has decided to check environment protection in the Vung Ang Economic Zone in Ky Anh Town in the central province of Ha … [Read more...]

Seawater turns red in Quang Binh, more dead fish found

Van Nam The red water was first seen in the beach area in Nhan Trach Commune in the province’s Bo Trach District at 7:30 a.m. before the color faded by 11:00 a.m., according to local authorities. Phan Van Gon, secretary of Bo Trach District’s Party Committee, told local media that a small amount of dead fish were washed ashore in Nhan Trach on Tuesday and Wednesday, the third time the incident has happened after two previous times last month. Nguyen Van Khuynh, a fisherman in Nhan Trach Commune, told Tuoi Tre newspaper that it was not the first time he has seen red seawater after tens of years of fishing in the sea, but the phenomenon has never happened in the waters off the commune. Phan Thanh Hien, chairman of Nhan Trach Commune, said local authorities were told by fishermen that the red seawater was strange as it has never been seen before. "We are waiting for test results from scientists to know the reason," he said. Phan Xuan Hoa, who heads the environment … [Read more...]

PM wants Formosa wastewater discharge licensing clarified

Scientists analyze seawater samples to support the monitoring of Ha Tinh sea. The Prime Minister has told relevant agencies to clarify the licensing of wastewater discharge for the Formosa steel complex in the province - PHOTO: MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT

Tu Hoang and Van Ly The Government Office issued the announcement after more than 70 tons of dead fish had been washed ashore in Ha Tinh where the steel complex is located, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue. The cause of the incident remains a mystery. The Government leader ordered the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Ha Tinh to make clear the licensing process and the monitoring of the wastewater discharge system at Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation. The report should specify responsibilities of agencies and individuals, if any. Besides, the automatic monitoring of the wastewater discharge point of Formosa connected to the monitoring station of the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment will be activated to test and collect samples for testing to control wastewater at the plant. The environment minister and provincial chairpersons should review wastewater discharges at all factories, strengthen inspections at coastal industrial … [Read more...]

Hau Giang: Signed joint minutes of environment protection, response to climate change

Representative leaders of Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee, religions signed joint minutes of environmental protection and response to climate change.

Recently, Hau Giang Department of Natural Resources and Environment has signed joint minutes with Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee and other religions on environmental protection and response to climate change, for the period 2016-2020. The leaders of Provincial Fatherland Front Committee, Department of Natural Resources and Environment and representatives of local religions uniformly implemented indicators in the jointly signed content, such as: over 80% of religious dignitaries, monks and believers improve understanding of religion, actively participate in appropriate programs on environmental protection and response to climate change; each commune, ward and town built places of worship at least one model of religious communities to protect the environment and respond to climate change; strengthening coordination and supervision of the implementation of environmental protection implemented by provincial Fatherland Front Committee, Department of Natural Resources and Environment … [Read more...]

Officials swim and eat fish to dispel rumors

Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan enjoyed seafood at a restaurant in Quang Binh Province on April 30.

VietNamNet Bridge – Confirming that the water in the sea of Da Nang, Ha Tinh and Nghe An is unpolluted, senior officials of the provinces swam and ate fresh seafood during the recent four-day holiday (April 30-May 3). On April 30 morning many officials of Da Nang went swimming on the beaches of Da Nang City. Among them were the Deputy Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Da Nang, the Director of the Da Nang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Director and Deputy Director of the Centre for Environmental Technology of Da Nang, the Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Bureau Pham Thanh Phuc and many officials of the Da Nang Department of Natural Resources and Environment. In the afternoon, Da Nang Chairman Huynh Duc Tho and some senior officials of Da Nang visited the fishing port of Tho Quang and purchased 100kg of fish to enjoy on the spot. The next day, May 1, local media’s photographs showed Da Nang’s top leaders … [Read more...]

Taiwanese firm still under scrutiny as Vietnam tries to solve fish kill disaster

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A working team of the environment ministry inspects the wastewater treatment facility of Formosa steel company in Ha Tinh Province on April 28, 2016. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered Ha Tinh Province authorities to tighten control over the discharge of wastewater by a Taiwanese steel plant, suspected to be responsible for mass fish deaths along the central coast. He asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the provincial government to set up a monitoring station to check wastewater discharged from the plant of Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Company, a major firm in Vung Ang Economic Zone. The station will automatically collect and analyze samples from Formosa’s sewage pipe and will be linked to existing stations managed by Ha Tinh’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, according to a government statement released on Tuesday. Phuc also ordered local authorities to provide rice and financial support to … [Read more...]

Prime Minister instructs urgent measures in wake of mass fish deaths

Affected fishermen will be entitled to debt waiver, rescheduling or reduction as well as new loans at preferential rates.

The Hanoitimes - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the Ministry of Science and Technology to coordinate with the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and relevant ministries and agencies to reach an objective, scientific, independent conclusion on the causes of the incident. The Government Office announced the conclusion of Prime Minister (PM) Nguyen Xuan Phuc at a meeting on May 1 with affected localities in the central coastal region. The incident happened in Ky Anh township, Ha Tinh province on April 6 and then spread to Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue. The PM assigned respective tasks to ministries and localities in the wake of the serious and unusual mass fish deaths. According to the notice of the Government Office, PM Phuc affirmed that the maritime environment, especially the waters up to 20 nautical miles, is safe now. The Ministry of Science and Technology was required to coordinate with the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and relevant … [Read more...]

PM requires reports on licensing, supervision of Formosa’s discharge

Dead fish washed ashore in the north central coastal province of Ha Tinh (Photo: SGGP)

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has instructed the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the People’s Committee of Ha Tinh province to report on the licensing and supervision of the wastewater discharge system at Taiwanese Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Company. The PM instructed them to spell out responsibilities of related individuals and organizations and install an automatic observation station at the discharge spot of the company, which will connect with the station of the province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, to take samples and control the discharge at Formosa. In an directive sent from the Government Office yesterday after a working session between the PM and dead fish affected provinces on May 1, PM Phuc tasked the ministry and chairmen of provincial people’s committees to take a look at all coastal production establishments that have been discharging waste. They must prevent these establishments from releasing … [Read more...]

Fish still sell despite crisis

Fish are sold at a market along Ngo Quyen Street in Da Nang just before the mass fish deaths. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assigned tasks to ministries and localities, and ordered that specific measures be deployed to deal with the consequences of massive fish deaths along coastal central provinces and avoid similar environmental disasters. — VNS Photo Thai Ha

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — After being unable to sell their catches for many days due to the mass fish deaths, fishermen in the central provinces of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh have been thrown a lifeline by businesses coming forward to buy from them. Saigon Co.op has begun to buy fish caught offshore and certified as safe by authorities at the Gianh River fishing port in Quang Binh. Vo Hoang Anh, Saigon Co.op's marketing director, said Co.opmart bought around 20 tonnes on Sunday, mainly round scad and blue fish. The fish were checked, issued safety and hygiene certificates, and identified as being caught offshore by the provincial Department of Fisheries Resources Exploitation and Protection, the Department of Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance and the Department of Food Safety and Hygiene, he said. Co-opmart's own quality management division also collaborated with agencies and fishing boat owners to get samples tested at the Centre for Quality Assurance of Agro-Forestry and … [Read more...]

PM directs solutions in wake of mass fish deaths

Locals collect dead fishes

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has assigned respective tasks to ministries and localities in the wake of the serious and unusual mass fish deaths that happened in the central coastal region in early April. The incident was discovered in Ky Anh township, Ha Tinh province on April 6 and then spread to Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue. During a working session with affected localities on May 1, the PM affirmed that the maritime environment, especially the waters up to 20 nautical miles, is safe now, according to a notice recently released by the Government Office. The Minister of Science and Technology was asked to coordinate with the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and relevant ministries and agencies to reach an objective, scientific, independent conclusion on the causes of the incident, based on which, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) will report to the PM to impose strict punishments on any violating individuals or organisations. The … [Read more...]

Central provinces put clean fish for sale amid poisoned fish fear

Central provinces putting clean fish for sale amid poisoned fish fear (Source: laodong.com.vn)

The central city of Da Nang and other affected provinces have launched points of sale for clean fish in the wake of the mass fish deaths that occurred in the central coastal region in early April. After several fish were found dead ashore in Da Nang on April 26, the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment announced the test results of sea water samples two days later, saying that all measurements are within allowed limits and the sea is thus safe for swimming and aquatic sports. The city’s leaders and officials also went for a swim in the sea to counter pollution rumours. On April 29, the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development convened a dialogue to seek ways to clear obstacles for fishermen and merchants. Nguyen Phu Ban, Director of the municipal department, said his agency is tracing the origin of seafood on sale. From May 2, any fishing vessels must have diaries recording which fishing grounds they worked on. After coming back to … [Read more...]

Social News 2/5

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Stone-carrying lorries stir up dust, loud noise Heavy lorries carrying stones have been driving around the clock and making a terrible and dusty environment in Phú Mãn Commune, in Hà Nội's Quốc Oai District. Over recent years hundreds of households in the commune, 30km from Hà Nội's centre, have suffered from serious pollution, but local authorities have not helped them. Stone exploitation at local mines was to blame according to local residents; some enterprises have been licensed to exploit stone since 2007. Before 2007, the environment of the six villages in Phú Mãn Commune was healthy, local residents said. Things started to get worse when stone mining began. Local people's daily activities were affected as were schools and health centres by the loud lorries. The 2.7 km main road linking the commune centre with the villages was seriously damaged, causing traffic jams. Early last year, Quốc Oai District authorities invested money from the local budget to upgrade the … [Read more...]

Central region leaders have fish dishes, swim in sea to assure public

Da Nang city leaders have fish pot au feu at Tho Quang fishing port on April 30 (Photo: SGGP)

Leaders of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces and Da Nang city have moved to beaches to swim in the sea and enjoy dishes made of fish from fishing boats, which came back from Paracel and Spratly Archipelagoes during the four day holiday of the Reunification Day (April 30) and May Day to assure the public mind on mass death in fish. Da Nang city Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Xuan Anh and People’s Committee chairman Huynh Duc Tho together with city officials this morning swam in the sea in Son Tra District. Many tourists have hesitated to swim in the sea after the north central fish death but Da Nang waters have not been intoxicated as they feared, they said. They arrived at Tho Quang fishing port to visit fishing boat owners, fishermen and traders and have pot au feu made of fish taken from the boats right at the port in the afternoon of April 30. Chairman Huynh Duc Tho said that he would instruct the canteen serving 1,600 officials and civil servant at the city’s … [Read more...]

Deputy PM discusses fish deaths in Quang Binh

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Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung hosted a dialogue with locals in central Quang Binh province’s Bao Ninh commune concerning recent mass fish deaths on April 29. Bao Ninh commune suffered economic damage worth 25 billion VND (1.125 million USD) from the incident, as nearly half of its 400 fishing boats are operating near shore. More than 1,000 local fishermen are now jobless. Vo Trong Thanh, a resident in Bao Ninh’s Dong Duong village, said he is worried about the situation and hoped to learn about the causes behind the mass fish deaths shortly. He said a clear announcement on the matters would allow fishermen to sail again. The Deputy PM stated a focal task of all-level agencies is to mobilise all available resources to address concerns and requirements of those affected by the fish deaths. Later the same day, Dung held an urgent meeting with Quang Binh’s authorities to discuss aid for the affected. Quang binh is home to 60,000 people working in … [Read more...]