Hanoi (VNS/VNA) — As many as six administrative units at the district level and 546 units at the communal level have been streamlined under a plan of rearrangement of administrative units for the 2019-2021 period, according to Vu Dang Minh, chief of Office of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA). He made the statement at a recent meeting to review the ministry’s performance over the past six months and roll out work for the last months of this year. The number of organisations and units at ministries and ministry-level as well as at provincial level has also been reduced at the same time, Minh said. Regarding the streamlining the government payroll to increase efficiency, the number of employees at administrative units at ministries, agencies and localities have been reduced by 8.7 per cent compared to 2015’s figure while those at public agencies fell by 7.6 per cent compared to 2015. The MoHA has coordinate with the National Assembly's Committee … [Read more...] about District-, commune-level administrative units to be streamlined
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Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam exported goods with an estimated value of 99.36 billion USD in the first five months of 2020, a year-on-year decline of 1.7 percent. Export turnover of domestic businesses maintained double-digit growth, however, of 10.4 percent, reaching 33.3 billion USD. The outcome is considered a highlight of goods exports since early in the year, especially given that the export turnover of the FDI sector fell 6.9 percent year-on-year due to the impact of COVID-19, according to trade experts. The US remained Vietnam’s largest market in the first five months, with turnover of 24.6 billion USD, up 8.2 percent, followed by China, the EU, ASEAN, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. From January to May, Vietnam posted a trade surplus of nearly 1.9 billion USD - a much better result than the trade deficit of 256 million USD in the same period last year. The figure is encouraging amid the pandemic, which has seen restrictions placed on a number of trade activities at border … [Read more...] about Vietnam striving to boost export growth over remainder of 2020
Nam Dinh (VNS/VNA) - Farmers across Vietnam have found lotus a profitable alternative crop for rice, especially when their land is unfertilised. Fifty-year-old farmer Nguyen Van Don in Xuan Vinh commune, Xuan Truong district, the northern province of Nam Dinh, started growing lotus three years ago on more than 2ha area of sunken land that he rented from other local farmers. The land had not been used for years as it was unfertilised and failed to grow rice, Don said, adding that he rented the land and restored it for lotus cultivation. With proper farming technique and fertilising, Don’s lotus plants have grown well on the land. Don said his family harvested about four tonnes of lotus seeds and thousands of lotus flowers each year. He sold each kilo of seeds for 25,000 -35,000 VND (1.07 -1.5 USD) and each flower for 3,000 VND. “Compared with rice production, growing lotus is much more stable and economically profitable,” he said Don calculated that he … [Read more...] about Unfertilised soil used to grow lotus
Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s first Radisson Bu resort with the Linens for Life programme, and Diversey aim to generate social benefits through their work together on creating a circular resort economy. On the one hand, there will be a clear health benefit, something which is very much in need right now and which will help local pupils in following prevention measures against COVID-19. On the other hand, there will be positive environmental impact through recycling linen and reducing carbon emissions. … [Read more...] about Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc donates face masks and soap to give hope to community
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