Each visitor to Can Gio spends only VND400,000

Ho Chi Minh City Finance and Investment state-own company (HFIC), State-owned commercial bank Vietcombank and the Saigon Water Corporation (SAWACO) this morning co-signed an agreement on implementation of the water supply program worth VND3,650 billion ($158 million). Residents in Can Gio District use tap water  The program targets to provide fresh water to most households in HCMC. HFIC always volunteers to call for social contributions for infrastructure development especially in urban areas. From 2010 to now, HFIC has financed 160 projects in the city with total spending of VND25,800 billion including infrastructure, education, medicine and water supply. For years, People’s Committee, related agencies and Sawaco have made concerted efforts to develop the city’s water supply system striving to provide fresh water to all households in the city. Since 2015, HFIC and Sawaco have together built 33 water reservoirs and pipes in districts with total investment of VND3,300 billion of which HFIC contributed VND2,440 billion. Some projects were carried out by Sawaco and HFIC such as the ring road No.2, Huynh Tan Phat, Nguyen Dinh Chieu, water reservoirs of Tan Hiep Company and of Thu Duc Company. HFIC managers said that the company was calling for contribution of all sectors and economic elements for infrastructure projects especially on public investment projects approved by the municipal People’s Council and the city’s seven breakthrough programs. SGGP... [read more]

HCMC tourism dept proposes permitting casinos on board foreign cruise vesselsDao Loan Foreign tourists on a visit to Can Gio District, HCMC - PHOTO: DAO LOAN HCMC -  The HCMC Department of Tourism has proposed the city government allow foreign cruise ships to keep their casinos and duty-free shops open while visiting the city. In Danang and Thua Thien-Hue, international cruise vessels can provide all its services for their passengers while they are at anchor, the department said. Early last year, the central coast city of Danang permitted foreign cruise ships to offer services like casinos and duty-free shops. Recently, neighboring Thua Thien-Hue Province followed suit. Domestic firms which provide services for foreign cruise ships said there are no regulations banning these services at the moment. More than 20 years ago, when customs officers went on board foreign cruise ships for checks, they always ordered the vessels to close their casinos and duty-free shops for fear of smuggling. The HCMC Tourism Department included the proposal in a report on development orientations and potential in the tourism sector in the city. In the report, the department also proposed constructing a pier for domestic waterway services at Thi Vai Port in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province so that foreign cruise tourists can directly visit HCMC’s Can Gio District by boat. Travel firms which arrange tours for foreign visitors to Can Gio mangrove forest cannot take cruise passengers to Can Gio directly from Thi Vai if they do not ask border guards for prior…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Deputy director of the HCM City’s Department of Health Nguyen Huu Hung on Wednesday instructed city districts to speed up the opening of new general healthcare clinics for patients with HIV. Patients with HIV wait for ARV treatment at a Community Consultation and Assistance Centre in HCM City. — Photo: VNA/VNS  International aid agencies will stop offering free ARV medicine in the country for patients with HIV next year. Insured anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment for HIV patients will begin in June next year once international aid stops, according to the Viet Nam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control. Seventy-two per cent of patients with HIV have health insurance, Hung said, adding that the city’s People’s Committee had approved funds for the remaining 27 per cent of patients with HIV who cannot afford cards.  “Who will treat them? How will we carry out?” Hung said. “This is the issue to which we should pay more attention.” Many representatives of district-level health centres have complained that they have not been able to set up a general clinic because of a shortage of doctors. Dr Pham Thi Kim Hoa, head of Can Gio District Health Centre, said there were not enough available staff to set up the clinics. Around 110 patients with HIV are being treated at the district’s Community Counselling and Assistance Centre, Hoa said, adding that the centre has sent eight of the 110 patients with HIV to the district’s health stations. The remaining number of patients with HIV have been…... [read more]

Vocational training for people with disabilities. Policies to ensure sustainable livelihoods for disadvantaged labourers must be resilient and not depend on outside support. (Photo: VNA)   HCM City (VNA) – Policies to ensure sustainable livelihoods for disadvantaged labourers must be resilient and not depend on outside support, heard a conference held by the Institute for Workers and Trade Unions in Ho Chi Minh City on July 31. According to Vu Minh Tien, Deputy Director of the Institute for Workers and Trade Unions, disadvantaged workers, who find it difficult to secure stable jobs, account for 25 percent of total labourers in the country. By the end of 2016, there were 13 million disadvantaged labourers, including 4.2 million people with disabilities, 6.5 million impoverished labourers, 1 million migrant workers, 180,000 labourers with HIV/AIDS and 190,000 drug addicts and prostitutes. Eighty percent of them live in rural areas and have received little education or vocational training. Although disadvantaged labourers in rural areas can access state loans, they were still trapped in poverty, said Vo Van Tan, Chairman of Can Gio district’s trade union. Vu Van Hieu, lecturer from Ton Duc Thang University, stressed that residence registration rules have been a barrier to migrant workers. They should not be used to distinguish between local people and migrants, which hampers migrant labourers’ access to job opportunities and other social services, he added. For her part, Le Thi Nhung, lecturer of the University of Labour and Social Affairs, underlined…... [read more]

Shrimp exports post low growth Cholimex to invest in high-tech shrimp farming in HCMC By Sao Mai and Ngoc Hung - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – As of March 15, shrimp exports posted a modest year-on-year growth rate of 4.5%, much lower than the growth rates of other key seafood items, according to Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP). VASEP said tuna and tra fish exports surged by 23.1% and 15.2% year-on-year respectively in January- March. Meanwhile, shrimp exports as the key item in Vietnam’s fisheries lagged behind, or even contracted 2.4% in the first half of March. VASEP attributed the shrimp export slowdown to a drop in consumption demand for shrimp in big markets. Shrimp exports to EU dropped by 21%, while exports to Canada went down 6.1% and the U.S. fell 1%. Given global economic uncertainty, low purchasing power in major markets namely the EU and the U.S. has dragged down export prices. As of end-March, the price of white-legged shrimp and tiger shrimp exported stateside fell to US$3.92 a pound and US$7.22 a pound from the year-ago level of US$4.4 and &US$7.4 a pound. Vietnam will encounter difficulties in exporting shrimp to the EU, which is struggling in the economic downturn, said Truong Dinh Hoe, general secretary of VASEP. Meanwhile, Asia has emerged as a potential market for Vietnam-grown shrimp. The country earned US$38.82 million in shrimp exports to China and Hong Kong, up 45.4%. It increased by 11.4% its shrimp exports to South…... [read more]

The project aimed at reducing the incidence kidney and urologic diseases and fatality in children through detecting the diseases by urine test strips and pre-natal ultrasound method, will be carried out on a trial basis in Thu Duc and Can Gio districts, Ho Chi Minh City, from now until 2014 at a cost of more than VND11 billion. In addition, Belgium will organise short-term training courses in the field for Vietnamese medical workers. Truong Quang Dinh, Vice Director of the Paediatrics Hospital 2, head of the project, said that Vietnam has more than 200 new patients suffering from chronic kidney failure each year. Half of them are only detected after the age of 14, 85 percent are admitted to the hospital at the late stage and 73 percent do not receive treatment. Meanwhile, in Belgium, most of patients are detected at the early stage, preventing the diseases from developing into chronic kidney failure.... [read more]

The programme will provide teachers, students and schools in Ho Chi Minh City with low-priced laptops accompanied with Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) services. This is part of a cooperation signed between Intel and the Ministry of Education and Training in April 2009, which aims to modernise Vietnam’s educational sector and increase the number of computer users in HCM City. Under the programme, CMS laptops will be sold at a price that is VND800,000 lower than the market price. Targeted customers will enjoy VNPT’s broadband service package with discounts of up to 80 percent for schools and 30 percent for teachers. The discounts will be applied at VNPT’s 30 retail shops and 200 agents in the city. On the occasion, VNPT presented two computer labs to two secondary schools in Cu Chi and Can Gio districts, each equipped with ten computers using Intel’s microprocessors.... [read more]

During the camp, the children will pay floral tribute to late president Ho Chi Minh at a museum named after him and visit Nha Rong Wharf where President Ho left for national salvation and Vietnam History Museum. They will also visit the Sac forest-a former revolutionary base-in Can Gio district, Cu Chi tunnels and Ben Duoc temple, join in a cultural exchange programme with local children, and enjoy activities at the Dam Sen Cultural Park. This is part of activities held by Ho Chi Minh City to mark the 2010 ASEAN when Vietnam is currently chairing the 10-member bloc. It will also provide an excellent chance for the children from 3 countries to understand more about these countries’ people and culture.... [read more]

The union has built and upgraded several such facilities for State officials and workers in recent years, but they are underutilized, they added. Currently, 12 culture houses have been opened in the city's 6, 7, 11, 12, Tan Phu, Binh Thanh, Thu Duc, Binh Chanh, Nha Be, Binh Tan, Can Gio and Go Vap districts. Four more similar houses are being built in districts 8, 9, Tan Binh and Cu Chi, said Nguyen Thanh Gia, head of the city Labour Union's finance office. Most of these facilities cooperate with culture centres in their localities to hold classes in dancing, painting, photography, yoga, swimming, martial arts and badminton. However, the number of State officials and workers taking such classes is very low because these activities do not appeal to them. Also, some of these buildings, like the ones in Tan Phu, Binh Chanh, Thu Duc and Can Gio districts, are located far from where workers live. Nguyen Thi Anh Thu, chairwoman of the Labour Union in Cu Chi district, said it was difficult to employ staff to organize interesting activities because the salary was too low at just 1.6 million VND (US$82) per month including allowances. It should be increased to about VND3 million (US$150), she added. Vietnam Plus... [read more]

This information was released at a conference in Hanoi on May 6 to call for support from the government and international organizations to prevent an epidemic in Vietnam. Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said that inspection activities have been implemented to clarify the source of the virus. He said that so far no A/H7N9 cases have been reported in Vietnam in both either poultry or humans but warned of the possibility of the virus spreading and causing future outbreaks in the country. Vietnam has a long border with China and many goods are exchanged between the two, which means the spread of the virus across the border is quite likely. Vu Sinh Nam, deputy head of the Health Preventive Department, says that the health sector would require around US$115 million to avoid an epidemic. Nam said the Ministry of Health will use the funding to step up communication about the disease, strengthen supervision over cross border imports, and build quarantine areas to prevent the virus from spreading. According to the Deputy Head of the Veterinary Department, Nguyen Thu Thuy, the agricultural sector needs US$5.5 million to run training courses on H7N9 diagnosis and poultry sample test, supervise poultry markets, and control the transportation of poultry through border gates in order to control the A/H7N9 virus. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development co-ordinated with the Food and Agriculture Organization to take more than 500 samples from poultry that have tested negative for the virus. At the conference, Vietnam…... [read more]

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