Deputy PM directs marine incident recovery efforts in four provinces

NDO - Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh asked once more for inspection of the marine environment in the four central provinces affected by the Formosa incident last year, at a working session of the steering committee in charge of overcoming the incident’s aftermath in Hanoi on August 21. He requested immediate restoration of the marine environment in any area that has not been regenerated or being regenerated. By August 18, four central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue have basically completed compensation for affected people worth nearly VND6 trillion (US$264 million). About 5% of the compensation and has yet to be paid due to the absence of the beneficiaries. Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh, who is head of the steering committee in charge of overcoming the incident’s aftermath, asked local authorities to give due attention to the affected people and fishermen while guiding them to effectively use the financial support from the State. He noted that the marine environment was declared to be safe for aquaculture, recreational swimming and water sports. However, Binh emphasised that "We continue to closely monitor Formosa's activities and will resolutely confront any violation if any occur". The Depty PM also stated that all activities related to compensation or that of monitoring the Formosa's operations and marine environment will be transparent to avoid corruption and mistakes.... [read more]

Increasing the regional minimum wage has raised concerns over a potential trade-off with social allowances that would block the new wages from increasing employees' real income.  Hugaco  expressed concerns that the minimum wage increase might actually decrease employees' real income Cutting allowances to increase wages At the final meeting organised on August 7 to discuss regional minimum wages increases in 2018, relevant authorities reached a compromise of 6.5 per cent to submit to the prime minister for approval. If approved, the increase will come into effect on January 1, 2018, however, questions were still raised whether employees will actually benefit from the increased regional minimum wage. According to Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs cum chairman of the National Salary Council Doan Mau Diep, enterprises will have to cut existing allowances to compensate for the increased wage expenditure. The reason for enterprises’ opposition to increasing the regional minimum wage is that they will also have to bear the increasing expenses of social and health insurance. “Increasing the minimum wages will raise social and health insurance spending. Both enterprises and employees will have to bear this rising burden, and as a result, employees’ wages will increase but their incomes might very well decrease,” said Nguyen Xuan Duong, chairman of the board of directors of Hung Yen Garment Corporation (Hugaco). Duong added that Hugaco currently has 15,000 employees and if the authorities’ proposal is…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – ILO Viet Nam Country Director, Chang-Hee Lee, explains the impact minimum wage can have on the country’s economy. ILO Viet Nam Country Director, Chang-Hee Lee What is the view of the ILO on minimum wage increase of 6.5 per cent for 2018? It was a joint decision of the Government, employers and trade unions through the National Wage Council, which we, the International Labour Organization (ILO), fully respect. I am sure that it was not an easy process of reaching the consensus on minimum wage increase, as each party came from different perspectives and interests. There can be different views on the 6.5 per cent increase. Workers and trade unions would say it is not sufficient to ensure minimum living standards. Meanwhile, employers, particularly those in export industries, would say their competitiveness will be eroded if minimum wage keeps going up. You can hear these arguments virtually in almost every country which is integrated into global trade. Based on Viet Nam’s macro-economic performance figures, it could be said that minimum wage increase of 6.5 per cent is within a reasonable range. According to the Government statistics, Viet Nam’s GDP (Gross Domestic Products) grew at 6.2 per cent and CPI (Consumer Price Index) up by 4.74 per cent in 2016. And this year’s GDP growth is expected to reach 6.5 per cent and CPI at 4 per cent. However, the effects of minimum wage can be different on different groups of employers and workers. In particular, businesses at…... [read more]

Dong Nai, August 19 (VNA) - The People’s Committee of Dong Nai province has suspended the licensing of construction projects in residential areas around the planned Long Thanh International Airport in an effort to prevent speculation and higher land prices.  At a recent meeting on site clearance, Vice Chairman of the Dong Nai People’s Committee Tran Van Vinh asked Long Thanh and Nhon Trach district authorities who grant licences to construction projects to first wait for the planning of areas around the projects to be completed.  To receive public feedback on the plan, the committee and Long Thanh district will work together to publicise information about the plan, Vinh said.  The Government has told the province to work with relevant agencies on a feasibility study on site clearance and compensation to residents who will have to move before the project begins.  The Ministry of Planning and Investment will assess the feasibility study and submit it to the Government before sending it to the National Assembly for approval.  A spokesman from the Dong Nai province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment said the feasibility study would be submitted to the Government by the end of August.  The feasibility study is expected to include information about the status and location of the airport project; infrastructure for re-settlement areas for affected households; land reclamation and compensation; and job training and employment opportunities for the resettled.  Also included will be re-adjustment of administrative borders of…... [read more]

At a recent meeting on site clearance, Vice Chairman of the Dong Nai People’s Committee Tran Van Vinh asked Long Thanh and Nhon Trach district authorities who grant licences to construction projects to first wait for the planning of areas around the projects to be completed. To receive public feedback on the plan, the committee and Long Thanh district will work together to publicise information about the plan, Vinh said. The Government has told the province to work with relevant agencies on a feasibility study on site clearance and compensation to residents who will have to move before the project begins. The Ministry of Planning and Investment will assess the feasibility study and submit it to the Government before sending it to the National Assembly for approval. A spokesman from the Dong Nai province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment said the feasibility study would be submitted to the Government by the end of August. The feasibility study is expected to include information about the status and location of the airport project; infrastructure for re-settlement areas for affected households; land reclamation and compensation; and job training and employment opportunities for the resettled. Also included will be re-adjustment of administrative borders of the area; environmental impact of the project; sources of investment; and information on the progress of the feasibility study. The department said that speculators, after hearing about the airport plan, had bought farmland plots and divided them into…... [read more]

A model of the planned Long Thanh International Airport in Dong Nai province’s Long Thanh district. (Source: VNA) Dong Nai (VNA) - The People’s Committee of Dong Nai province has suspended the licensing of construction projects in residential areas around the planned Long Thanh International Airport in an effort to prevent speculation and higher land prices. At a recent meeting on site clearance, Vice Chairman of the Dong Nai People’s Committee Tran Van Vinh asked Long Thanh and Nhon Trach district authorities who grant licences to construction projects to first wait for the planning of areas around the projects to be completed. To receive public feedback on the plan, the committee and Long Thanh district will work together to publicise information about the plan, Vinh said. The Government has told the province to work with relevant agencies on a feasibility study on site clearance and compensation to residents who will have to move before the project begins. The Ministry of Planning and Investment will assess the feasibility study and submit it to the Government before sending it to the National Assembly for approval. A spokesman from the Dong Nai province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment said the feasibility study would be submitted to the Government by the end of August. The feasibility study is expected to include information about the status and location of the airport project; infrastructure for re-settlement areas for affected households; land reclamation and compensation; and job training…... [read more]

A model of the planned Long Thanh International Airport in Dong Nai Province’s Long Thanh District. —VNS File Photo. The People’s Committee of Dong Nai Province has suspended the licensing of construction projects in residential areas around the planned Long Thanh International Airport in an effort to prevent speculation and higher land prices. At a meeting on site clearance on Thursday, the deputy chairman of Dong Nai People’s Committee, Tran Van Vinh, asked Long Thanh and Nhon Trach district authorities who grant licences to construction projects to first wait for the planning of areas around the projects to be completed. To receive public feedback on the plan, the committee and Long Thanh District will work together to publicise information about the plan, Vinh said. The central Government has told the province to work with relevant agencies on a feasibility study on site clearance and compensation to residents who will have to move before the project begins. The Ministry of Planning and Investment will assess the feasibility study and submit it to the Government before sending it to the National Assembly for approval. A spokesman from the Dong Nai Province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment said the feasibility study would be submitted to the Government by the end of August. The feasibility study is expected to include information about the status and location of the airport project; infrastructure for re-settlement areas for affected households; land reclamation and compensation; and job…... [read more]

The People’s Committee of Đồng Nai Province has suspended the licensing of construction projects in residential areas around the planned Long Thành International Airport in an effort to prevent speculation and higher land prices. A model of the planned Long Thành International Airport in Đồng Nai Province’s Long Thành District. VNS File Photo. At a meeting on site clearance on Thursday, the deputy chairman of Đồng Nai People’s Committee, Trần Văn Vĩnh, asked Long Thành and Nhơn Trạch district authorities who grant licences to construction projects to first wait for the planning of areas around the projects to be completed. To receive public feedback on the plan, the committee and Long Thành District will work together to publicise information about the plan, Vĩnh said. The central Government has told the province to work with relevant agencies on a feasibility study on site clearance and compensation to residents who will have to move before the project begins. The Ministry of Planning and Investment will assess the feasibility study and submit it to the Government before sending it to the National Assembly for approval. A spokesman from the Đồng Nai Province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment said the feasibility study would be submitted to the Government by the end of August. The feasibility study is expected to include information about the status and location of the airport project; infrastructure for re-settlement areas for…... [read more]

NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam hosted a meeting on August 17 to review the enrolment and training of the pedagogical faculty at colleges and universities. According to a report released by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), approximately 80% of the students at teacher training institutions, who graduated in 2015 and 2016, were able to find a job, lower than the general rate of 86% of the students in all education facilities. The statistics also show a lack of nearly 45,060 teachers in all education levels across the country. Speaking at the event, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam pointed out that the pedagogical faculty required the lowest pass marks in the recent university entrance exam, which is a result of the fact that students who graduate from teaching schools are unable to find jobs, while, at the same time, teachers have received inappropriate compensation and benefits package. He asked the MOET to work closely with localities, and the relevant ministries and sectors, to conduct a thorough evaluation on the human resources working in pedagogy, in detailed categories of education levels and subjects, throughout each city and province. It will help to improve the MOET’s understanding of the supply and demand in the human resource market, thereby improving their training quality while avoiding any wastefulness in pedagogical staff, he said. The Government official also ordered for the enhancement of the quality of training for teachers in the country, as low-quality input into…... [read more]

The Prime Minister has signed decisions to apply disciplinary measures on four former leaders of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and the central province of Ha Tinh, whose violations are linked to the serious environmental incident caused by Formosa Ha Tinh in the four central localities. Vo Kim Cu In Decision 1199/QD-TTg, Nguyen Minh Quang, former MoNRE Minister in the 2011-2016 period, received warnings. Meanwhile, Nguyen Thai Lai and Bui Cach Tuyen are no longer former MoNRE Deputy Ministers for the 2011-2015 tenure under Decision 1201/QD-TTg and Decision 1202/QD-TTg. Under Decision 1200/QD-TTg, the PM decided to strip Vo Kim Cu off the position of former Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ha Tinh province in the 2005-2010 tenure and former Chairman of the Ha Tinh People’s Committee in the 2010-2015 tenure. The mass fish deaths were first reported on April 6, 2016 when a large number of fish washed ashore in Ha Tinh province. The incident also occurred in Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue. About 70 tonnes of dead fish were found in the four provinces and Thua Thien-Hue alone reported 35 tonnes of farm-raised fish had died. The pollution also affected more than 260,000 people who earned their living from the sea. Wastewater discharged from Formosa polluted more than 200 kilometres of coastline, devastating the marine environment and local economies of those provinces, which largely rely on fishing and tourism. In June last year, Formosa accepted responsibility for the incident and pledged 500…... [read more]




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