As an expat with some Vietnamese language skills, we quickly forget the sheer confusion and wonder at waking up on your first morning in Saigon. The absolute fear of how you are going to achieve the most basic of functions, like buying food, without a guide usually crosses the minds of most first-time tourists to this great city. And recently, I had the opportunity to welcome my cousin and his family to Saigon for the first time. They spent a few days exploring the city both with me as their guide and alone, checking out what they could do with no phone and no translator. My cousin Gavin and his wife Natalie are from Adelaide in South Australia. They never considered Vietnam as a holiday destination until a discussion with their sister-in-law, who is from Vietnam but lives in Australia, raised the idea of a family holiday in her homeland. After six months of planning, the group of nine extended family members arrived in Vietnam for a three-week holiday across the country. The … [Read more...] about What is Ho Chi Minh City really like for a first-time visitor?
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The railway possesses great advantages in transporting passengers and cargoes. (Photo: SGGP) The Ministry of Planning and Investment has just reached an agreement with the Transport Ministry on the investment scenario for the North-South high-speed rail with the designed velocity of 180-250km/hour instead of the old one of 350km/hour. This is a milestone of the project after 15 years solving the problem of effectiveness for such huge investments. At present, the Transport Ministry and the State Appraisal Council are preparing a report to submit to the Prime Minister for an investment approval. In 2009, the North-South high-speed rail was first included in the Overall Planning of the National Railway until 2020, with a Vision to 2030. It was considered a breakthrough in traffic infrastructure, and was expected to change the transport market share structure by transforming the railway sector into the major one in accordance with Article 5 of the Railway Law. The Ministry of … [Read more...] about VN considering feasibility of North-South high-speed rail project
Illustrative photo In particular, the municipal People's Committee directed to focus on inspecting sectors in which there is a lot of public opinion about corruption. Inspectors should examine the responsibility of heads of these sectors in the implementation of the law on anti-corruption. As per the direction of the city People's Committee, inspectors will take heed of asset declaration and verification, the income of people with powerful positions and those who have been implementing regulations on publicity and transparency in all fields. Inspectors will check heads of fields such as planning, land use, bidding for investor selection, investment projects, major and key investment projects of Ho Chi Minh City, land management, state-funded projects, Build–operate–transfer (BOT), Build-and-Transfer (BT) projects, financial and asset management in state-owned enterprises, equitization of enterprises, recruitment and appointment of staff. At the same time, the People's Committee … [Read more...] about HCMC strengthens anti-corruption measures