Deputy PM directs marine incident recovery efforts in four provinces

At the meeting (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has urged that compensation for four central coastal provinces hit by marine incident must ensure openness, transparency and democracy.  Chairing the ninth session of the Steering Committee for marine incident recovery in Hanoi on August 21, Binh said Taiwan’s Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh steel company, which accepted responsibility for causing last year’s mass fish deaths in four central provinces, basically fixed 52 flaws, restored production and joined social activities. He demanded that its manufacturing activities continue to be closely monitored to prevent violations. On compensation for rising fisheries inventories, provincial authorities and the Ministry of Industry and Trade were asked to inspect the situation to report to him this month, adding that the origin of seafood must be clear when it comes to seeking compensation. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam reported that as of August 18, as much as 5.95 trillion VND in compensation was provided for victims, or 94.3 percent of total damages. The remaining amount was due to the absence of victims from their residence or pending appeals from victims. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the four provinces are asking for additional compensation worth 563.17 billion VND (24.48 million USD). Meanwhile, the total seafood in stock has so far amounted to 11,751 tonnes, or a 2.2-fold increase compared from 5,369…... [read more]

Construction steel at a business in HCM City. — Photo vietstock.vn Domestic steel consumption in the first seven months of 2017 rose 14.5 per cent from the same period last year to 5.14 million tonnes, the Viet Nam Steel Association (VSA) said. VSA said that by the end of July, steel inventory was 530,306 tonnes, reducing 19 per cent from the previous month. Construction steel output last month was 780,000 tonnes, increasing 24 per cent from the corresponding period last year and 7 per cent higher than the previous month. Export of construction steel reached 541,377 tonnes, posting a year-on-year increase of 75 per cent. According to the association, in recent years, many local steel producers have yielded high revenue and profit, although steel consumption has witnessed difficulties. Viet Nam is considered one of the largest steel producers in ASEAN since 2015. Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation has been able to produce hot rolled steel, reducing the annual import of steel from June 2017. VSA also said Vietnamese steel producers had had to adjust prices due to the surge of steel billet. In particular, steel plants in the north increased their selling price by four times while those in the south increased it by three-four times. In addition, the increase in demand and subsequent shortage of coal for steel production has contributed to the price rise. It is expected that the steel billet prices will remain…... [read more]

The iron exploitation project was approved in 2007 at a cost of VND1.59 trillion (US$69.9 million) and the relocation of 3,000 households, but suspended in 2011 after local authorities proposed closing the mine over environmental concerns. Despite the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s rejection last week of a proposal to shut down the mine, Ha Tinh authorities want the suspension of activities to continue. Duong Tat Thang, Vice Chairman of the province’s People’s Committee, said this would not be a good time to resume iron mining since local residents are still recovering from the mass fish deaths caused last year by the Taiwanese Hung Nghiep Formosa Steel Corporation. Shortcomings of the iron mining project were revealed during the committee’s recent meetings with scientists, Thang said. Some legal documents on which the environmental impact report was based have expired, since it was written a long time ago, he added. Insufficient infrastructure has been developed to serve the iron exploitation and no long-term solutions have been offered to support the livelihoods of the affected households. The project’s investor should conduct extensive studies of waste discharge points by the Thach Dong River and Thach Hai Beach, Thang added. Environmental monitoring stations should be established on both sides of each waste discharge point to provide overall monitoring of heavy metals, he said. This is an important issue that should be taken into careful consideration after last year’s environmental catastrophe, he said. Provincial authorities…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The central province of Ha Tinh has asked the Government not to resume activities of the Thach Khe iron mine, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. A digger removes the soil and sand layers of the Thach Khe iron mine in the central province of Ha Tinh. — Photo: VNA/VNS  The iron exploitation project was approved in 2007 at a cost of VND1.59 trillion (US$69.9 million) and the relocation of 3,000 households, but suspended in 2011 after local authorities proposed closing the mine over environmental concerns. Despite the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s rejection last week of a proposal to shut down the mine, Ha Tinh authorities want the suspension of activities to continue. Duong Tat Thang, vice chairman of the province’s People’s Committee, said this would not be a good time to resume iron mining since local residents are still recovering from the mass fish deaths caused last year by the Taiwanese Hung Nghiep Formosa Steel Corporation. Shortcomings of the iron mining project were revealed during the committee’s recent meetings with scientists, Thang said. Some legal documents on which the environmental impact report was based have expired, since it was written a long time ago, he added. Insufficient infrastructure has been developed to serve the iron exploitation and no long-term solutions have been offered to support the livelihoods of the affected households. The project’s investor should conduct extensive studies of waste discharge points by the Thach Dong River and Thach Hai Beach, Thang…... [read more]

A digger removes the soil and sand layers of the Thach Khe iron mine (Source: VNA) Ha Tinh (VNA) - The central province of Ha Tinh has asked the Government not to resume activities of the Thach Khe iron mine, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. The iron exploitation project was approved in 2007 at a cost of 1.59 trillion VND (69.9 million USD) and the relocation of 3,000 households, but suspended in 2011 after local authorities proposed closing the mine over environmental concerns. Despite the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s rejection last week of a proposal to shut down the mine, Ha Tinh authorities want the suspension of activities to continue. Duong Tat Thang, Vice Chairman of the province’s People’s Committee, said this would not be a good time to resume iron mining since local residents are still recovering from the mass fish deaths caused last year by the Taiwanese Hung Nghiep Formosa Steel Corporation. Shortcomings of the iron mining project were revealed during the committee’s recent meetings with scientists, Thang said. Some legal documents on which the environmental impact report was based have expired, since it was written a long time ago, he added. Insufficient infrastructure has been developed to serve the iron exploitation and no long-term solutions have been offered to support the livelihoods of the affected households. The project’s investor should conduct extensive studies of waste discharge points by the Thach Dong River and Thach…... [read more]

In the first seven months of this year, Vietnam lured in nearly $22 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) with the comeback of multibillion dollar projects, promising a breakthrough in FDI attraction for the whole year. The location of the future Thu Thiem New Urban Area  The age of multibillion dollar projects On July 25, Korean Lotte Group and the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee signed a contract to construct Eco-Smart City in Thu Thiem New Urban Area. According to the contract, the developer of the project is a joint venture between four of Lotte’s affiliates, namely Lotte Asset Development Co., Ltd., Lotte Shopping Co., Ltd., Hotel Lotte Co., Ltd., and Lotte Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. The construction will be kicked off in the third quarter of this year and be implemented within three years with a total investment capital sum of VND20.1 trillion ($884 million) without the expenditure of compensation and land clearance. “Lotte placed a deposit of around VND2 trillion ($89.6 million) for the land use fees for six plots of land in Thu Thiem New Urban Area to develop the project. They are determined to develop the project,” said Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh’s People’s Committee. Thus, based on the investor’s determination and the feasibility of implementation, Lotte may soon receive the investment certificate. One month ago, the Ministry of Planning and Investment…... [read more]

Locals said the whale of more than 100 kilograms was first washed to shore when it was still alive but seemed tired. They thought it was stranded and pushed it out to the sea. But the body showed up a short time after that. Locals said they found whale bodies once in a while, but the animals were all big and old. “This one is only 100 kilograms, so it’s very strange,” Nguyen Vinh, a local fisher, told news website Zing. Men pull a whale body to shore in Thua Thien-Hue Province April 24. Photo credit: Dien Quang/Zing “There have been many fish washed to shore dead on recent days, so we’re worried that it might just be another one.” Tons of dead fish have been washed ashore in Thua Thien-Hue and several nearby provinces – Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri – for the past two weeks, apparently due to industrial pollution. Between March 16 and April 11, three dead whales of 40, 50 and 80 kilograms were also washed ashore in Nghe An Province, to the north of Ha Tinh. The central government on April 22 ordered an investigation on suspicions that Taiwanese-invested Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Company in Ha Tinh has discharged untreated wastewater into the sea, after a local fisherman reported that he saw a large sewage pipe from the company discharging wastewater into the sea.... [read more]

Viet Nam News HA NOI- "Although there remain many difficulties and challenges, the results obtained last year were encouraging, providing favourable conditions for the country to enter a new stage of development with new opportunities," Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong told the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) ahead of the Lunar New Year (Tet). The domestic and global situation presented numerous difficulties and challenges in 2016, he said, pointing to the floods, drought and saltwater intrusion along with serious marine pollution in four central provinces, which heavily affected national socio-economic development and people's lives. But the solidarity and resolve of the Party, people and army enabled Vietnam to successfully hold important events, particularly the 12th National Party Congress and the election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly and all-level People's Committees for 2016-2021. The State apparatus was consolidated, ensuring stability for the implementation of targets and tasks, he said, adding that under the leadership of the Party Central Committee and the Politburo, the whole political system was involved in social and economic improvements. The content and spirit of the 12th National Party Congress was institutionalised through resolutions, directives and action plans. The National Assembly, Government, sectors and authorities at all levels had been working hard to improve, the Party leader said. As a result, Viet Nam posted good GDP growth rate (6.21 percent), successfully kept the macro-economy stable, controlled inflation, ensured economic balance, and recorded the fastest rise ever in foreign reserves. He noted that the private economic sector…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – “Although there remain many difficulties and challenges, the outcomes obtained last year were encouraging, giving favourable conditions for the country to enter a new stage of development with new opportunities,” Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has said. He made the remarks during an interview with Vietnam News Agency (VNA) on the threshold of the Lunar New Year. The domestic and global situation also posed numerous difficulties and challenges in 2016, he said, noting natural disasters such as floods, drought and saltwater intrusion along with serious marine pollution in four central provinces, which heavily affected national socio-economic development and people’s lives. Facing those facts, thanks to consensus, solidarity and resolve of the entire Party, people and army, Vietnam successfully held many important events, particularly the 12th National Party Congress and the election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly and all-level People’s Committees for 2016-2021. The State apparatus was consolidated, ensuring stability for the implementation of set targets and tasks, he said, adding that under the leadership of the Party Central Committee and the Politburo, the whole political system became involved in the work and made improvements to many social aspects. The content and spirit of the Resolution of the 12th National Party Congress was institutionalised through resolutions, directives and action plans. The National Assembly, Government, sectors and authorities at all levels have been working hard to improve, the Party leader said. As a result, Vietnam posted a good GDP growth rate (6.21 percent), successfully kept the…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has directed the urgent completion of compensation for residents in localities affected by a marine environmental incident in the central region in early 2016. He urged the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to work with relevant agencies to inspect and supervise the compensation in the four central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien – Hue. The first phase of compensation must be completed ahead of the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) and reported to the Prime Minister before January 25, he said. The Deputy PM also requested the Ministry of Industry and Trade and local authorities to handle the amount of unsafe stockpiled seafood and reported to the Prime Minister before January 12. Operations of Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Co. Ltd resulted in mass fish deaths along the coast of the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue in April 2016. The pollution damaged about 400 hectares of coral and affected over 260,000 people who earned their living in sea-related activities. The firm compensated over 11.5 trillion VND (500 million USD) to support local fishermen switch to other jobs and recover the polluted maritime environment. It also vowed to deal with shortcomings in waste and wastewater treatment./.... [read more]




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