Ben Tre strives for sustainable poverty alleviation

Assistance to help locals develop suitable livelihood to escape from poverty (Source: VNA) Ben Tre (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre has implemented a plan with numerous programmes to help locals develop livelihoods and achieve sustainable poverty elimination from 2016 – 2020. So far, 8,928 poor and near poor households have joined the plan. After one year, those who have escaped from the poor status are still being supervised to ensure they achieve sustainable poverty elimination. Nguyen Thi Kim Thoa, Vice President of the provincial chapter of the Vietnam Women’s Union said, 754 out of 1,243 households of poor women have benefited from the plan, worth over 18.5 billion VND (814,000 USD). 60 of them have escaped from poverty. The Association has encouraged the wealthy ones to lend a helping hand to the poor, and provided saplings, labour force, and vocational training to help its poor members gain stable income. According to the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the province has 37,541 and 17,395 poor and near poor households, respectively. The provincial branch of the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies has provided preferential loans up to 190 billion VND (8.36 million USD) for these poor and near poor households. In addition, the involved households also enjoyed social services, including health care, education, housing, and water supply. Nguyen Huu Phuoc, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee said the plan aims to help find suitable livelihoods for…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta are harvesting their summer-autumn rice crop earlier than usual because of earlier than usual flooding. A farmer in Long An Province harvests his summer-autumn rice crop early because of rising floodwaters. – Photo sggp.org.vn Floodwaters in upstream provinces such as Dong Thap and An Giang are expected to rise rapidly in the coming days.                                             Around 3,500 ha of summer-autumn rice crop has been destroyed in Long An Province’s Tan Hung District, according to the district’s Office of Agriculture and Rural Development. Farmers in the province have harvested around 22,000 ha out of 56,900 ha of rice, with the rest to be harvested by the month’s end. But around 8,000 ha of rice could be damaged by floods. In An Giang Province, about 610 ha of rice were destroyed by floods. Khuong Le Binh, director of Dong Thap Province’s Hydro-meteorological Station, said the floodwaters were rising about 10cm each day. Authorities of delta provinces have asked districts and wards to develop plans to protect people and property from rising floodwaters. VNS related news Floodwater starts surging in Mekong Delta, pleasing local residents Land subsidence, rising seas threaten Mekong Delta Mekong Delta shifts strategy, takes advantage of benefits of flooding... [read more]

Rice exports are expected to earn Vietnam from $2.3 to $2.5 billion annually during the 2021-2030 period, according to the Development Strategy for Rice Export Markets in 2017-2020 and Vision to 2030 approved recently by the Prime Minister. The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoT) has sent documents to the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the State Bank of Vietnam, the Vietnam Food Association, and other relevant ministries and agencies on the implementation of the strategy. The strategy aims to enhance the competitiveness and brand of Vietnam’s rice exports and also defines market diversification, to reduce dependence on certain markets, match international integration trends, and seize the opportunities presented by free trade agreements. The strategy includes two phases. The first, from 2017-2020, targets annual rice export volumes of 4.5-5 million tons with a value of $2.2-2.3 billion. The second phase, from 2021-2030, targets 4 million tons worth $2.3-$2.5 billion annually.  The export rice structure is to change by 2020, in which the volume of low-grade white rice is to not exceed 20 per cent, while Japonica will account for 30 per cent, sticky rice 20 per cent, and other rice 5 per cent. By 2030, white rice is to account for only 25 per cent, average rice less than 10 per cent, Japonica rice 40 per cent, sticky rice 25 per cent, and other nutrient rice more than 10 per cent. The strategy clearly identifies the export rate in each market by 2020. Exports to…... [read more]

Transport Ministry to suggest solution to BOT tollgate problemsTrung Chanh The new toll station is set up on National Highway 1 to collect fees for a bypass around the town of Cai Lay in Tien Giang Province - PHOTO: TRUNG CHANH CAN THO – Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat has said his ministry is coming up with a plan to solve problems with build-operate-transfer (BOT) road toll stations nationwide. In regard to a Government Office correspondence issued on August 4 to fix problems with BOT road toll stations, Deputy Minister Nhat told the Daily on August 7 that the Transport Ministry intends to submit the plan to the Government for consideration later this week. Nhat said the ministry asked relevant agencies to look into BOT road toll stations nationwide, and work with investors and local governments. The plan is not intended to solve problems with some tollgates which have prompted protests among road users. But instead, it would apply to all toll stations in the country, he noted. The correspondence requires the Transport Ministry, other relevant ministries and local authorities to instruct the Vietnam Directorate for Roads, and developers of BOT roads to seek workable solutions to issues at BOT tollgates in order to balance the interests of the State, investors and road users. In a related development, some truck drivers have used small change to pay toll fees at tollgates or parked their vehicles at the toll stations, especially Ben Thuy in Nghe An Province, Tam Nong in Phu Tho Province, Thanh Ne and Luong Son…... [read more]

Visitors at the exhibition (Photo: VNA) Can Tho (VNA) – The museum of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) on August 8 jointly held a photo exhibition to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The exhibition, which will run until September 30, features 120 photos introducing the establishment and development of the association, along with the socio-economic achievements as well as national cultural identity of Vietnam in the ASEAN community. Via the lens of VNA reporters, important events throughout ASEAN’s five-decade development are highlighted, including the first ASEAN Environment Forum in Hanoi in September 1999, the opening of the Conference of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information in October 2000 in Hanoi and the 34th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Hanoi in July 2001. Director of the Can Tho Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Viet Phuong said that the event is part of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and 72 years of the August Revolution (August 19), and the National Day (September 2). Also on August 8, Can Tho also launched another photo exhibition themed “Sen village – Uncle Ho’s Homeland” showcasing 120 photos on the place where President Ho Chi Minh was born and grew up, as well as the late leader’s visits to his homeland. Within the framework of the event, the Can Tho Museum also coordinated with the An Giang Museum to …... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The newly released book Thuyen Khong Ben Do (A Ship without a Destination) features Vietnamese-American musician Lam Phuong’s 110 works, mostly romantic songs written in the 1960s and 70s. The cover of the book Thuyen Khong Ben Do (A Ship without a Destination), containing the lyrics of 110 songs composed by Vietnamese-American Lam Phuong. — Photo courtesy of Ben Thanh Audio Video    The book, released by Ben Thanh Audio Video, includes songs Thanh Pho Buon (Sad City), Em Di Roi (You’re Gone), Duyen Kiep (Fate) and Bien Tinh (Sea of Love), performed by talented singers of different generations at home and abroad. “Composer Phuong helped us collect and edit his book,” said Pham Quoc Thanh, director of Ben Thanh Audio Video, one of HCM City’s leading music producers and distributors. Thanh’s company is the sole distributor of Phuong’s music in Viet Nam. Phuong was born in 1937 in the Cuu Long (Mekong Delta) province of Kien Giang. He moved to Sai Gon (now HCM City) in 1947 and studied music with veteran artist Le Thuong. He began composing when he was only 15 years old, later becoming known for songs such as Khuc Ca Ngay Mua (Song of the Harvest), Kiep Ngheo (The Poor) and Thanh Pho Buon. Phuong composed music for leading drama troupes from the region, such as Kim Cuong Troupe and Song Troupe, owned by his wife, actress Tuy Hong. After 1975, he lived in the US and then later moved to France.…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese martial artist Truong Thi Kim Tuyen, 20, is eyeing a gold medal at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia after pocketing a silver medal at the recently concluded Muju WTF World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea. Truong Thi Kim Tuyen (left) performs in the WTF World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea. — Photo courtesy of Truong Thi Kim Tuyen It is the first world silver medal in Vietnamese taekwondo history. Viet Nam previously only won five bronzes over the past 22 years — two in the world tournament in 1995, and one each in 1999, 2005 and 2011. “I was really happy when I stood on the podium to get the medal as I am the first Vietnamese to do so. It seemed like a dream. Prior to the event, the training board and I only set a target of winning a medal. This is a big tournament so I didn’t think I could bag a silver medal,” Tuyen says. “Hearing the good news, my parents who live in the southern province of Vinh Long also phoned me to celebrate. I am happy, but immediately started training again for the Games. Now I am working towards my new goal of defending the gold medal that I won at the Games in Singapore two years ago,” Tuyen says. “The world silver medal is a great driving force for me to do well at the regional sporting event,” Tuyen adds. At present, Tuyen and her teammates…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A number of dorms at universities in HCM City have set up programmes to offer free or low-cost dormitory rooms for eligible students. Co May Dormitory on the campus of Nong Lam University in Thu Duc District this year will provide free accommodations for 100 poor students with high scores on the National High School Graduation Examination.  Students from poor families such as Nguyen Minh Nghia from the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap are given first priority.  “My brother and I study at university, but my family is too poor to afford the costs for our tuition and accommodation,” Nghia told Viet Nam News. Nghia, a second-year student at the HCM City University of Architecture, studies at a branch campus in the outlying district of Thu Duc near Binh Duong Province. During his freshman year, he stayed at one of the 44 dorms belonging to the Viet Nam National University-HCM City at a discounted rate. He took a bus every day to his university. Nghia is now living at Co May Dormitory, founded by the late Pham Van Ben, a humanitarian and businessman whose mission was to help the disadvantaged attend university.   The dormitory is located on the campus of Nong Lam University in Thu Duc District. This year, free accommodations will be given to 100 new students at universities in HCM City. To qualify, the students must have a high score on the National High School Graduation Examination and show that their family is…... [read more]

Co May Dormitory on the campus of Nong Lam University in Thu Duc District this year will provide free accommodations for 100 poor students with high scores on the National High School Graduation Examination (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNS/VNA) - A number of dorms at universities in Ho Chi Minh City have set up programmes to offer free or low-cost dormitory rooms for eligible students. Students from poor families such as Nguyen Minh Nghia from the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap are given first priority.  “My brother and I study at university, but my family is too poor to afford the costs for our tuition and accommodation,” Nghia said. Nghia, a second-year student at the HCM City University of Architecture, studies at a branch campus in the outlying district of Thu Duc near Binh Duong province. During his freshman year, he stayed at one of the 44 dorms belonging to the Vietnam National University-HCM City at a discounted rate. He took a bus every day to his university. Nghia is now living at Co May Dormitory, founded by the late Pham Van Ben, a humanitarian and businessman whose mission was to help the disadvantaged attend university.   The dormitory is located on the campus of Nong Lam University in Thu Duc district. This year, free accommodations will be given to 100 new students at universities in HCM City. To qualify, the students must have a high score on the National High School…... [read more]

Lack of coordination affects industrial development plans in southern VietnamHung Le HCMC – A lack of coordination, plus limited finances and low feasibility, has rendered industrial development plans ineffective in southern Vietnam, heard a conference in HCMC last week. The conference on industrial development in southern cities and provinces was organized by the Agency for Regional Industry Development under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade. Deputy head of the agency Do Thi Minh Tram said a slew of industrial promotion programs focus on conventional activities. She said certain industrial growth stimulus schemes are not realistic in rural areas, so some have been adjusted or even halted. Shortages of facilities, equipment, manpower and finances are major setbacks for industrial  promotion activities in southern localities. As a result, representatives of industrial promotion centers expressed concern that their plans cannot be accomplished this year. Disbursement of State capital in the first six months of this year met a mere 18.9% of the full-year target, she noted. Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Soc Trang provinces have yet to start their disbursement process while others like Tay Ninh, Tien Giang and Hau Giang have achieved 1-6% of their all-year goals. Although industrial promotion activities were first carried out more than 10 years ago, there is no complete legal framework. Tran Quoc Tuan, director of Tra Vinh Province’s Department of Industry and Trade, said trade promotion plans should pay special attention to facilitation of agricultural and aquatic product consumption…... [read more]




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