Building a future for rural areas (17-11-2008) World Bank to lend $200 million for rural economic development. Work proceeds on the Xuan Thuy drainage canal in Yen Lap District in the northern province of Phu Tho. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngo Lich Ha Noi — The World Bank will provide a US$200 million loan to Viet Nam to help the country carry out a new five-year rural economic development project. The Governor of the State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) Nguyen Van Giau, and the World Bank's Acting Country Director in Viet Nam, Martin Rama, signed the loan agreement for the Rural Finance Project 3 in Ha Noi yesterday. The project has a total investment capital of over $279 million, including about $79 million coming from the Government. It will target almost all localities across the country, with the exception of the major cities of Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Da Nang and HCM City. The project, beginning in December 2008, aims to promote economic development, hunger eradication and poverty … [Read more...] about Building a future for rural areas
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A man points out the towns that will be affected where the canal, red line, will be built across Nicaragua. Deep on the southeastern side of Lake Nicaragua, along a bumpy dirt road that climbs gently through lush-green forest, sits the tiny town of El Tule. It is quintessential rural Central America: Chickens roam outside tin-roofed homes while pigs stand tied to trees, awaiting slaughter; the sound of drunk locals singing along to ranchera music greeted visitors on a recent rain-soaked afternoon. The village, if you listen to Nicaraguan officials, is a key point in what will be the biggest infrastructure project the region has ever seen, the construction of a $50 billion canal slated to run 170 miles from the country’s east to west coast. Awarded two years ago by President Daniel Ortega to an obscure Chinese businessman named Wang Jing, the concession calls for El Tule to be ripped up, erased essentially, in order to make way for the canal right before it plunges into the lake … [Read more...] about China’s building a huge canal in Nicaragua, but we couldn’t find it
Local architectural firms are trying to bring their work up to international standards, to better compete with foreign companies. Nguyen Hoang Giang, CEO of Hoang Giang Construction Consultants - an independent architectural company which gained a flagship project to renovate Ho Chi Minh City's Moevenpick Hotel, tells VIR about the flourishing architectural market. What do you think about architecture in Vietnam and in Ho Chi Minh City in particular? As Vietnam continues its process of integration into a global economy, the best practices of foreign construction, design, interior, project management and engineering companies increasingly becomes absorbed and adopted by Vietnamese consultants. Certainly we live in a market that still has a lot to learn from some of the top architectural firms in the world and this essentially is why major projects in Ho Chi Minh City typically call upon consultants from abroad. However, the market is changing and this is where we see … [Read more...] about Local architectural firms build a bright future
Q: FCV has thousands of farmers that supply more than 60 million kilos of fresh milk every year for the company. FCV supplies over 1.5 billion consumer units of milk for the Vietnamese market. What do you think about the numbers? A: We continue to see great potential for dairy development in Vietnam. We want to increase the capacity of fresh milk intake every year. More and more people realize that drinking milk will help them grow strong and stay healthy. We are proud that our high quality products like Dutch Lady, Friso and YoMost are preferred by Vietnamese. … [Read more...] about Building A Sustainable Dairy Industry
Your say (22-08-2008) Will adoption bring orphans a better life? Last week, Viet Nam News raised the question of whether foreign adoption was a good thing for Vietnamese orphans. We asked readers to consider how adoption should be managed to avoid negative consequences for both the children and adoptive parents. Here are some opinions we received. Philippe Neyroud, Swiss, HCM City: According to the UN Child Rights Convention, signed by almost all the countries in the world, the interest of the child is the main point on which public policies must be focused. And it appears very clearly that some countries don't have sufficient laws or structures to prevent private adoption, which may be child trafficking and this is unfortunately a reality that occurs every day. The best way to prevent child trafficking is to have laws that don't allow private structures to propose children for adoption. It's the State authority's responsibility to protect children and to give them the best … [Read more...] about Will adoption bring orphans a better life?