Da Nang lists 68 PPP projects for investment

Students in the northernmost province of Ha Giang (Illustrative image. Source: laodong.com.vn) Ha Giang (VNA) – The community-based education centre of Ha Giang city, the northernmost province of Ha Giang, made debut on August 8, becoming the first of its kind in Vietnam. Director of the centre Hoang Dieu Thuy said it provides English language teaching, special education (for children with autism, intellectual disabilities, and reading disorder), mental health care and library services, meeting the public’s need for high-quality educational services. Those activities are monitored and assessed and will be adjusted when necessary by 14 experts, most of whom are working abroad. Thuy said with the establishment of this centre, local children with autism, intellectual disabilities and reading disorder will receive appropriate care and education right in the locality for the first time. The community-based education centre of Ha Giang city is a non-profit project initiated by Ha Giang province’s Centre for Community Assistance and a private science-technology organisation operating in the province. It will receive infrastructure and financial support from the Ha Giang municipal People’s Committee until the end of 2017. As from 2018, the centre will be financially independent through paid and fundraising activities. Toshi Matsumoto, Acting UNESCO representative in Vietnam and Director of the UNESCO Office in Hanoi, said to operate effectively, the centre needs to enhance the public’s engagement in informal education activities.  It should step up attracting social resources through public-private partnership, non-refundable sponsorship, no-interest loans…... [read more]

Public capital disbursement in HCMC reaches 50.5% of planVan Nam A flood control project in HCMC deployed under the PPP format. Many public projects in the city are falling behind schedule due to slow capital disbursement - PHOTO: VAN NAM HCMC - Capital disbursed for public projects in HCMC in the first seven months of 2017 reached only 50.5% of the year’s plan, lower than targeted, announced the city’s Department of Planning and Investment at a meeting on August 3. According to the department, the city is allocated nearly VND26.2 trillion (about US$1.152 billion) for 2017 from the State budget, official development assistance (ODA) and the city’s own budget, for public projects. As of the end of July, over VND13.2 trillion had been disbursed, 50.5% of the plan. In particular, VND722 billion from the central State budget was disbursed, only 22% of the full-year plan, VND2.9 trillion from ODA, 71.9%, and VND9.59 trillion from the city’s budget, 50.8%. The pace of capital disbursement was slower than expected due to many reasons. For capital from the State budget, the city was allocated VND3.2 trillion to build Children’s Hospital and Oncology Hospital 2. The investor, the Works Construction and Management Authority under the city’s Department of Health, only began to disburse capital for the projects after the financial management agency finished paperwork. ODA required for the city’s public projects in 2017 was estimated at VND7.7 trillion but the city was allocated only VND4 trillion. Therefore, the city could not complete the projects…... [read more]

A medical worker operates equipment system in treatment. (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The Ministry of Health has sent an official document to health departments in all provinces and cities asking for stricter management of medical equipment at State-owned medical stations. Deputy Minister of Health Pham Le Tuan said that many medical stations had recently called for funds from different sources and organisations in order to improve their facilities and their medical workers’ ability to provide proper examinations and treatment. The ministry has asked directors of all health departments to strengthen their supervision of equipment, examinations and treatment at State-owned medical stations so that all facilities are used appropriately and there’s no misuse. The departments must check expenses, service fees and the period of paying back capital of investors who fund the purchase of medical equipment. If this period is shorter than the contract, medical stations and investors must discuss and adjust the service fees. The ministry has instructed the departments to carefully study the Government’s Decree 15/2015/ND-CP, which regulates public-private partnership, and choose the most suitable investment methods. Tuan said that departments, medical stations and organisations that are working together must approach higher-level authorities for approval. The co-operation project must be published so that partners and investors know about it and participate. The health ministry is examining Circular 15/2007/TT-BYT so as to amend and supplement it, and add regulations about materials and chemicals tendering.-VNA... [read more]

Tourism managerial agencies and travel companies suggested measures to attract more foreign tourists to Vietnam at a meeting in Hanoi on August 3. Terraced rapeseed fields in Che Cu Nha commune of Mu Cang Chai district, the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai  Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu said Vietnam has recorded vigorous tourism growth in recent years and is shifting its focus to the industry’s quality, efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability so as to turn tourism into a spearhead sector. The country welcomed more than 10 million foreign tourists in 2016, rising by 26 percent from 2015 and double the figure of 2010. It recorded 417 trillion VND (18.3 million USD) in tourism revenue from foreign tourists last year. About 7.25 million foreigners visited Vietnam in the first seven months of 2017, up 28.8 percent year-on-year. Sieu said the tourism sector aims to raise the numbers of foreign and domestic tourists by 30 percent and 12 percent, respectively, this year. Tourism promotion has been expanded both at home and abroad. It is also being enhanced online, he noted, adding that millions have accessed the country’s tourism websites. Travel agencies have also made use of major events such as APEC Year 2017, 2016 Asian Beach Games, the UPU letter writing competition, Da Nang International Fireworks Festival and Hue Festival to popularise Vietnam. However, the official also admitted shortcomings in tourism promotion, especially coordination among domestic and foreign parties. Poor communications activities, simple tourism publications…... [read more]

Terraced rapeseed fields in Che Cu Nha commune of Mu Cang Chai district, the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Tourism managerial agencies and travel companies suggested measures to attract more foreign tourists to Vietnam at a meeting in Hanoi on August 3. Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu said Vietnam has recorded vigorous tourism growth in recent years and is shifting its focus to the industry’s quality, efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability so as to turn tourism into a spearhead sector. The country welcomed more than 10 million foreign tourists in 2016, rising by 26 percent from 2015 and double the figure of 2010. It recorded 417 trillion VND (18.3 million USD) in tourism revenue from foreign tourists last year. About 7.25 million foreigners visited Vietnam in the first seven months of 2017, up 28.8 percent year-on-year. Sieu said the tourism sector aims to raise the numbers of foreign and domestic tourists by 30 percent and 12 percent, respectively, this year. Tourism promotion has been expanded both at home and abroad. It is also being enhanced online, he noted, adding that millions have accessed the country’s tourism websites. Travel agencies have also made use of major events such as APEC Year 2017, 2016 Asian Beach Games, the UPU letter writing competition, Da Nang International Fireworks Festival and Hue Festival to popularise Vietnam. However, the official also admitted shortcomings in tourism…... [read more]

Speaking at the 2015 ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, PM Najib Razak said foreign direct investment in the region will continue rising after the formation of the AEC and the member economies will grow sustainably, bringing in prosperity and improving living standards. The AEC will also create more economic and job opportunities in ASEAN, and help the association continue to be an attractive destination for international investors and businessmen, he said. The PM also emphasised the important role of public-private partnership and the private sector in driving the economy forward. According to the ASEAN Integration Report (AIR) announced the same day, the economic growth of ASEAN in 2015 will continue at 4.6%, which is higher than the global average of 3.3%. The rate for 2016 is predicted to rise to 4.9%. Regional economic integration should continue to help accelerate the economic recovery and boost growth. After 2015, the ASEAN economy will continue transforming to overcome global economic challenges. According to the AIR, the structure of ASEAN economies has changed since the passing of the AEC blueprint in 2007, with the proportion of service sector in 2014 climbing to 50.2%, while industry and agriculture have fallen to 38% and 11%, respectively. The share of intra-bloc trade out of total trade is relatively sustainable at 25%. In 2014, it increased 58.9% in comparison with 2007, higher than outside-bloc trade of 51.7%. According to the report, ASEAN is a key destination for FDI capital, which hit US$136.2 billion in 2014. FDI outside the…... [read more]

The agreement was reached during the third annual high-level economic dialogue chaired by Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment (MPI) Nguyen Chi Dung and Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, in Hanoi on April 15. The French side also proposed Vietnam consider removing barriers to French apple import. The two sides reaffirmed the significance of the annual economic dialogue in implementing the bilateral strategic partnership reached in September 2013. They welcomed the growth in trade with a 10.6 percent rise in 2014 to hit 3.54 billion EUR (US$3.76 billion). Both sides voiced their support of fair and transparent trade exchanges. Vietnam suggested France help speed up the EU’s approval of the framework Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Vietnam as well as the conclusion of negotiations for the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (EVFTA) in 2015. Meanwhile, they highlighted that French projects in Vietnam, especially in science and technology and aerospace, are evidence of joint efforts in enhancing cooperation and investment affiliation. France has assisted Vietnam through preferential and export sponsorship while sharing its experience in building legal frameworks for public-private partnerships and providing official development assistance to Vietnam. The two sides expressed their interest in increasing partnerships for sustainable growth, focusing on environmental protection, green production, emission reduction and climate change response. This focus has been evidenced by a number of French projects in Vietnam, including a 20 million EUR (US$21.2 million) Support Programme to Respond to Climate Change in Vietnam and…... [read more]

“Currently, Vietnam has opened its markets to Japan’s beef, pork and poultry products,” said Minister Phat, and in exchange we are discussing the proposition that Japan open its doors wide to mangoes, dragon fruits and lychees. Most notably, the two sides agreed to promote the public-private partnership (PPP) model in agriculture, pay more attention to improving the value of agricultural products, specifically concentrating on improving post-harvest handling and production methods.... [read more]

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong delivered the statement at a conference themed “Public – private partnership in IT development” in Hanoi on June 18. The conference was jointly held by the Vietnam Software Association (VINASA) and the Asian-Oceania Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) as part of the latter’s plenary session this year in Vietnam from June 17-20. Deputy Minister Hong said Vietnam wishes to learn IT development experiences from ASOCIO member economies. Over the recent years, Vietnam’s IT industry grew by leaps and bounds at more than 20 percent in 2009 gaining over US$6.26 billion or 7 percent of the GDP. Last year, the domestic software industry grew by 35-40 percent to earn US$880 million while the digital content industry increased by 50 percent to hit nearly US$700 million. According to the latest study of A.T.Kearney, a leading consultant company from the US, Vietnam is one of the top ten countries in terms of software outsourcing.... [read more]

Thang highlighted the comprehensive cooperation and active support from the French Government for Vietnam’s transport sector in recent times, especially in the fields of railways, aviation and urban transport. The two ministers discussed ways to speed up the ongoing French-funded projects, such as the upgrade of Yen Vien – Lao Cai railway line and the traffic signal system on the Hanoi-Vinh railway section. They agreed that it is necessary to resolve difficulties in policies and capital sources to accelerate the progress of these projects as planned. Both ministers agreed to cooperate in infrastructure development projects under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model, open new air routes in 2012 and train Vietnamese staff in the fields of aviation management, maritime, railway and urban transport. The French minister is paying a working visit to Vietnam from January 13-15 at the invitation of Minister Thang.... [read more]




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