ADB approves loans totaling $299 million to promote inclusive growth in VN
The Asian Development Bank’s(ADB) Board of Directors has approved loans totaling US$299 million to help improve basic infrastructure services and promote inclusive growth in northeastern and north-central provinces of Việt Nam.
Loans of $149 million will finance the basic infrastructure development in the north-central provinces, which aims to upgrade roads, improve rural water supply as well as flood protection, irrigation and port services in the four provinces of Hà Tĩnh, Nghệ An, Quảng Bình and Quảng Trị.
The project is also expected to improve the capacity of provincial governments, particularly in public assets management.
The Government will contribute $54.52 million to the project.
A $150 million loan will fund to the construction and upgradation of basic infrastructure in the northeastern provinces, which aims to improve economic connectivity and raise living standards in the four provinces of Bắc Kạn, Cao Bằng, Hà Giang and Lạng Sơn by enhancing basic infrastructure and services. The Government of Việt Nam will contribute $40.3 million to the project.
Specifically, the project will improve road connectivity among the provinces by upgrading about 121km of provincial and 144km of district roads, supply water to 42,300 people, and improve agriculture value chain infrastructure in Lạng Sơn Province through farm-to-market connectivity and support for local businesses. It will also strengthen the capacity of the provincial governments in public asset management.
“Việt Nam has been experiencing remarkable growth over the last few years. However, the majority of economic gains have accrued in the urban areas, with rural areas, including provinces in the northeast, lagging behind,” said Eric Sidgwick, ADB’s Country Director for Việt Nam.
He said the ADB was confident the project will help realise the great growth and development potential of the northeastern part of Việt Nam, particularly in trade, agriculture, and tourism.
The four northeastern provinces —the project area—have significant potential to become trade hubs, given their strategic location and proximity to China, the capital Hà Nội, the Hải Phòng Port, and the ADB-supported Greater Mekong Subregion North-South Economic Corridor.
However, these potentials are yet to be fully realised, with gross domestic product per capita of the four provinces in 2015 remaining at $1,160, almost half the $2,036 national average.
New collaboration signed between UNFPA and the Government
A new collaboration on providing the UN Population Fund’s (UNFPA) support to the General Statistics Office (GSO) and other partners was signed on Tuesday in Hà Nội.
With a total budget of US$5.6 million for four years from 2017 to 2021, of which $4.3 million is funded by the UNFPA, the project aims to provide technical support to the Government of Việt Nam in collecting and utilising quality population-related data and evidence for development, amendment, implementation and monitoring of socio-economic policies, strategies and planning to achieve sustainable and harmonious development of the population, economy, society and the environment of Việt Nam.
The signing ceremony was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), GSO, the Parliamentary Committee for Social Affairs (PCSA) and Việt Nam’s Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFF), as well as representatives of the Central Committee on Popularisation and Education (CCPE), the UN agencies and development partners in Việt Nam.
Addressing the ceremony, Nguyễn Bích Lâm, GSO general director, said “In the past 40 years of cooporation between Việt Nam and the UNFPA, the GSO has shown its professional capacity in effectively receiving technical assistance from the UNFPA.”
“We commit to implementing the activities during the period 2017-21 at the highest capacity, especially towards the implementation of Việt Nam’s Statistical Strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.
Astrid Bant, UNFPA Representative in Việt Nam, said “We hope this project, through multi-sectoral coordination, will play a key role in strengthening the capacity of GSO and relevant partners in collecting, analysing, disseminating and utilising information on population, reproductive health and gender, contributing to the implementation and monitoring of socio-economic development policies and the Plan of Action of Sustainable Development Goals.”
Labour minister sends condolences on workers killed in Taiwan fire
Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung has offered condolences to families of Vietnamese workers who were killed in a fire at the dormitory of a company in Taoyuan city of China’s Taiwan on December 14.
Shortly after receiving information about the incident, the ministry ordered its Department of Overseas Labour and the companies sending the workers to Taiwan to coordinate with relevant agencies to assist the bereaved families, ensure the victims’ benefits, and investigate the cause of the blaze.
Minister Dung also asked authorised agencies to do their best to help ease the pain suffered by the bereaved families.
On December 18, leaders of the Thuan Thao Joint Stock Company, which sent the workers aboard, and representatives of the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of Ha Tinh province visited the family of Tran Hong Thuy, a victim of the fire, in Cam Hoa commune of Cam Xuyen district.
Can Tho authorities work with Cambodian religious official
Authorities of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho had a working session on December 18 with Secretary of State of the Cambodian Ministry of Cults and Religions Touch Sarom to talk about religious work.
The event was within the framework of a conference to share experience in religious work between the Vietnamese Government Committee for Religious Affairs and the Cambodian Ministry of Cults and Religions.
Permanent Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Van Tam said Can Tho is the centre of the Mekong Delta with a population of nearly 1.3 million people. It is home to 12 valid religions and beliefs with 380 worship places and over 485,000 followers.
They have abided by State laws and policies, actively joined in charity activities and built rural infrastructure, contributing tens of billions of Vietnamese dong to the city’s social welfare services each year.
Touch Sarom, for her part, said the Cambodian government attaches importance to religious work.
Cambodia is now home to around 5,000 pagodas and 7,000 monks and nuns.
The two sides have agreed to hold conferences to share State management experience in religious work since 2007.
Party General Secretary meets with ethnic minority exemplars
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong had a meeting in Hanoi on December 18 with 80 ethnic minority exemplars who are prestigious persons, intellectuals and entrepreneurs.
They are among 512 role models from the 53 ethnic minority groups in 52 provinces and cities nationwide who are honoured for their efforts and achievements.
The oldest is Mua A Pao of the Mong ethnic group, born in 1930, while the youngest is Khmer woman Thach Thi Kim Danh, born in 1992.
The delegates appreciated the Party, the State and all-level authorities’ attention to ethnic communities, affirming their absolute trust in the Party’s leadership.
They informed the Party leader about the works they have done such as encouraging local residents to keep solidarity and security, prevent social crimes, promote production, and protect the environment, helping children to go to school, building civilised lifestyle, and maintaining their ethnic groups’ cultural identities.
They asked the Party and State to continue supporting ethnic minority communities so as to improve their material and spiritual lives.
General Secretary Trong emphasised that the Party and State always pay attention to people of ethnic minorities and in mountainous and remote regions. Many programmes and policies targeting them have been issued and carried out effectively, especially those on poverty reduction, infrastructure building, and manpower training.
As a result, 98 percent of the communes in mountainous ethnic minority areas have been accessible by car while 98.5 percent have had medical stations and 94 percent have accessed electricity from the national power grid. All communes have had kindergartens as well as primary and junior high schools. The household poverty rate in ethnic minority areas has dropped to around 20 percent.
He partly attributed those attainments to efforts and wisdom of the prestigious persons, intellectuals and entrepreneurs.
He called on the honoured persons to continue encouraging their communities to uphold the patriotism tradition and solidarity to overcome difficulties, contribute to socio-economic development, and build a well-off and happy life.
NA Chairwoman holds working session with Hanoi Capital High Command
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan asked the Hanoi Capital High Command to build revolutionary, regular, seasoned and gradually modern armed forces during a working session in the capital city on December 18.
The session took place on the occasion of the 73rd founding anniversary of Vietnam People’s Army and the 28th anniversary of All People’s Defence Festival Day (December 22).
The NA leader lauded the Hanoi Capital High Command for contributing to common achievements of the Vietnam People’s Army, including ensuring absolute safety of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week this year.
She asked for continuing to fully grasp the Party policies and State laws on national defence-security, especially the Resolution on national defence-security tasks adopted by the 12th National Party Congress, the Politburo (10th tenure)’s Resolution on continuing to build centrally-run cities and provinces into strong defensive areas in the new situation, and the Resolution on national protection strategy in the new situation by the eighth plenum of the 11th Party Central Committee.
The Hanoi Capital High Command must improve the capacity of offering advices on building all people’s national defence, strengthen national defence-security and join in socio-economic development, she said.
She suggested further training officials and cadres in political thoughts and Party guidelines, staying alert to every event, and working closely with security forces to maintain political stability and social safety and order.
The top legislator requested that the Hanoi Capital High Command regularly pays attention to Party building, effectively implements the Resolution on Party building and rectification by the fourth plenum of the 12th Party Central Committee, drives back degradation in political thoughts, moral virtue and lifestyle and “self-evolution” and “self-transformation” behaviours in combination with spreading the campaign “Studying and following Ho Chi Minh’s thoughts, morals and lifestyle”.
She expressed her belief that under the leadership of the Party, the Central Military Commission and the municipal Party Committee, the city’s armed forces will build themselves into a trustworthy political unit and fighting forces loyal to the Party, deserving the trust of the Party, authorities and people of the capital city and nationwide.
Commander of the Hanoi Capital High Command Nguyen Doan Anh reported that the unit deployed 17,613 people and 1,176 vehicles to deal with 433 forest fires and disaster cases, fight dengue fever outbreaks and defuse bombs, mines and explosives left from the war this year, reported Commander of the Hanoi Capital High Command.
Symposium celebrates 45 years of Dien Bien Phu in the Air victory
A scientific workshop was held in Hanoi on December 18 to celebrate 45 years of the victory of the Dien Bien Phu in the Air (December 1972).
Permanent Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang affirmed that the victory marked a glorious milestone in the revolutionary cause of Vietnamese army and people who defeated the largest strategic strike by air of the US.
The victory forced the US to sign the Paris Agreement in January 1973, putting an end to the war in Vietnam, making significant contributions to the Great 1975 Spring Victory as well as the liberation of the south and the national reunification.
It demonstrates the judicious leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and the Government and the close coordination between armed forces, military units, localities, Party Committee, authorities and people of Hanoi capital, she said.
Hanoi, Hai Phong and their vicinities were heavily bombarded in an aerial raids in December 1972, known in Vietnam as “Dien Bien Phu in the Air” and in the West as the 1972 Christmas bombing.
It was the last US military campaign during the war and lasted for 12 days from December 18 to 29.
Over 12 days and nights, the Hanoi air defence grids and all across the north of Vietnam shot down 4,181 airplanes, including 34 expensive B52s.
Photo books protect Son Tra Reserve
The Vietnam Association of River Basin and Coast Protection plans to publish 300 photo books of the Son Tra Nature Reserve in the central city of Da Nang to raise funds for protecting its biodiversity.
Vice Chairman of the association Ho Duy Diem said the book would include 120 photos from 100 Vietnamese and foreign photographers.
He said the association had called for voluntary contributions. All money from the book sale will go to the fund.
Last month, freelance photographer Le Phuoc Chin and writer Bui Cong Dung, both from Da Nang, displayed photos at an exhibition of red-shanked langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus), an endangered primates living in the Son Tra reserve, near HCM city.
Last week, a photo of the langur portrait was bought by a local resident at an auction to raise money for the fund.
The 4,400ha Son Tra reserve, 10km from Da Nang, is unique. Its biodiversity ranges from primary forests to oceans with more than 1,000 plants and 370 animal species.
The langurs in Son Tra Nature Reserve were declared endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2013, but the species has recently been classed Critically Endangered (CR) – nearly extinct.
More than 25,000 school students and more than 3,000 local residents have been educated on the importance of biodiversity in the Son Tra reserve on field trips between 2013-17.
Play on Mau Than Offensive to be staged in HCM City
A play on the Mau Than Offensive (or Tet Offensive) in Spring 1968 will be staged by Hong Van Drama Troupe, one of HCM City’s leading private drama troupes, this month. National TV festival ends successfullyDrug smugglers arrestedNatural disaster causes bridge collapse in Yên BáiTraffic police to ensure safety during holidaysEfforts made to help the disabled access integration educationElectricity lights up rural areas in Lang SonExhibition highlights Vietnam-Cambodia tiesADB helps improve lives in Vietnam’s northeastern provincesVietnam completes 95 pct of martyr remains recovery planPresident Tran Dai Quang visits Military Region 1Cyber security more difficult to be controlledQuang Ninh prepares for National Tourism Year 2018More rural households in Tra Vinh access clean waterVietnamese students’ association set up in ThailandSet 2018 plans for finding martyrs remains: officialSpring in the Far Island programme collects over $660,000 in donationsWorking women may up productivityBoy goes missing after bridge cable breaksU21 beat U19 4-1 in international tournamentVTV Bình Điền Long An win volleyball eventVietnam, Laos successful in education and training cooperationExhibition marks 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic tiesDong Thap – bright star in investment environment: PMOver 660,000 USD collected for islanders, soldiersTuyen Quang destroys 337kg bomb left from warFire at Cầu Giấy District house kills oneWorkshop spotlights environmental risk assessmentConference praises NGOs contributions to Vietnam’s developmentVietnamese, Chinese localities work on border managementVietnam–Myanmar friendship associations seal cooperative pactEnvironmental photography contest honours 19 winnersHCM City’s leaders visit Catholics ahead of ChristmasCLV senior officials’ meeting opens in Binh PhuocHanoi expands international cooperation to develop tourismFree cleft palate surgery for disadvantaged childrenMore than 5,600 babies born via in-vitro fertilisation at Từ Dũ Obstetrics HospitalHCM City health department accepts licence applications onlineSeminar spotlights Vietnam-Indonesia partnershipEthnic minority people honouredStudents in Bắc Cạn infected with dissociationWork on Cửa Đại Bridge beginsKiosks at Hanoi hospitals for patients’ commentsProgramme in support of ethnic minority development launchedHundreds of Đồng Nai workers undergo health checksLeaders congratulates Christians nationwide on ChristmasGiang enters semi-finals of national tennis eventPresident commends heroic Vietnam People’s ArmyForeign journalists laud Vietnam’s developmentSDG Challenge 2017 competition names four winnersEarly diagnosis can save patients with immune disorders
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