Individuals related to central sea environment incident get punishments

Ministries at odds over fate of Thach Khe iron mineNgoc Lan HANOI – The Ministry of Industry and Trade has insisted on continuing Thach Khe iron ore mining project while the Ministry of Planning and Investment has proposed suspending it. The Ministry of Planning and Investment on July 13 wrote to the Prime Minister proposing that the country’s largest iron mining project in Ha Tinh Province be suspended due to low commercial viability. Months earlier, the government of Ha Tinh Province had also sent a petition to central agencies suggesting that the project be put on hold due to impacts on environment and poor business performance.  The Ministry of Planning and Investment in its document said that if the project is canceled as proposed, an interdisciplinary team should be set up to proceed with the liquidation process, including the settlement of financial problems and half-done construction components after an overall assessment.  The interdisciplinary team will be led by the ministry, and is comprised of representatives of Ha Tinh government, Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) and Thach Khe Iron Company (TIC). After receiving the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s document, the Government Office asked related ministries, including the Ministry of Industry and Trade, to give their feedback. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Planning and Investment failed to provide a scientific rationale for suspending the project. A halt should be carefully weighed as it would affect the business environment of Ha Tinh Province…... [read more]

A caged fish farm (Photo: VNA) Thua Thien – Hue (VNA) -  The total output of farmed and off-shore caught fish of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue reached 30,388 tonnes in the last seven months, showing a year-on-year increase of 18.72 percent. Of the figure, over 20,286 tonnes were caught from sea, up 28.4 percent. Seafood export earned the province around 16 million USD, up 2.1 times. These figures showed the recovery of the locality’s aquaculture and fishing activities after the marine environmental incident last year. As many as 1.01 trillion VND (nearly 44.44 million USD) of compensation from the incident’s doer has been handed over to 41,766 locals from 28 affected coastal communes and townships. In the coming time, the localities will continue assisting those who wish to switch jobs, developing offshore catch and fish farming, towards enabling the locals to secure sustainable livelihoods. The natural resource and environment sector will strengthen marine environment monitoring work to better serve local aquaculture. 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 earn their living from the sea. In June last…... [read more]

“The military must serve as the core force in handling any environmental incident,” said Deputy Minister of Defence Nguyen Huy Hieu. Mr Hieu, addressing the meeting, highlighted the need to develop environmentally-friendly technologies and incorporate environmental content into military operations and training programmes. Meeting participants later inspected the green and waste-treatment models of Division 5. Meanwhile, a series of activities related to World Environment Day and World Ocean Day have begun in Quang Binh province, including an exhibition promoting a marine-based economy, and a ‘seas and islands’ painting contest for young people. On June 4, the national Sea and Island festival will officially open in Quang Binh province, providing a good opportunity to raise public awareness of marine ecology and conservation.... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has instructed the Ministry of Finance to provide over 10,400 tonnes of rice from national reserve funds for 12 provinces before the upcoming Tết holiday. The beneficiaries were provinces of Yên Bái, Cao Bằng, Hà Nam, Tuyên Quang, Thanh Hóa, Lào Cai in the north, Nghệ An, Quảng Trị, Quảng Ngãi in the centre, Ninh Thuận, Đắk Nông and Kon Tum in the Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands). The PM has asked people's committees of 12 provinces to take responsibility for collecting figures, receiving and delivering rice promptly to needy residents. Quảng Ngãi Province residents will be supplied with the largest quantity, around 2,420 tonnes, while Nghệ An, and Quảng Trị follow with 1,766 tonnes and 1,485 tonnes of rice, respectively. Ninh Thuận Province will be provided with 1,134 tonnes, Thanh Hóa and Cao Bằng with 650 tonnes and 625 tonnes, while Kon Tum and Đắk Nông will have 577 tonnes and 400 tonnes respectively. Hà Nam Province will be granted 418 tonnes and Yên Bái with 397 tonnes, Tuyên Quang with 310 tonnes and Lào Cai with 247 tonnes. In November, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs asked provincial authorities to check and count the number of needy households, who will benefit from the nation's rice assistance programme during the Tết holiday. Since early 2016, 67,000 tonnes of rice has been delivered to support residents suffering due to flooding and environmental incidents. - VNS... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - This commitment was affirmed by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at a recent online conference on science and technology with provinces and central level cities. Prime Minister (PM) Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended an online conference on science and technology with provinces and central level cities in Hanoi on January 4. The Prime Minister speaks at the conference. During the meeting, leaders of ministries, agencies and local governments noted that science and technology are the driving force for national socio-economic development. Speaking at the conference, the PM affirmed that in 2016, the science and technology sector made an important contribution to the country's socio-economic and defense-security achievements. In 2016, Vietnam’s budget for science and technology approved by the National Assembly was over 17.7 trillion VND (796 million USD), equal to 1.4 percent of the State budget. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, scientific and technological advances have contributed around 30 to 40 percent to the sector’s growth. Particularly, they have helped raise the rice yield per hectare from 5.54 tonnes per hectare in 2011 to 5.77 tonnes per hectare in 2015, one of the highest yields in the region. In the past, the country had to import 70 percent of domestic needs for plant and animal varieties, but the figure now has reduced to under 30 percent. In the industrial sector, domestic research institutes and enterprises have been able to produce sophisticated products or implemented big projects. According to Ministry of Science and Technology's report,…... [read more]

HÀ NỘI - Deputy Minister Nguyễn Trọng Đàm on Thursday said 67,000 tonnes of rice had been provided for people affected by saltwater intrusion and marine environmental incident in the central region. He revealed that 40 provinces had submitted Tet preparation plans for needy people, noting that natural disasters, including long-lasting floods, harmed agricultural production, especially in the central and Central Highlands regions. He also said in November 2016, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs directed localities to use local budgets to support needy households during Tet. Nearly VNĐ431 billion (US$19 million) will be used to assist people with significant contributions to the national revolutionary cause. The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour will encourage businesses to give Tet bonus to workers and facilitate their travelling, Dam said. The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee will present more than 6,000 gift packages worth VNĐ3.5 billion (US$154,000) to support poor families and centres taking care of orphans and the disabled. 4,500 gifts worth nearly VNĐ2.3 billion ($101,000) will also be presented to impoverished families in the northern, central, southwestern and Central Highlands regions.- VNS... [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]

ThuaThien – Hue (VNA) – Nguyen Van Phuong, Vice Chairman of the Thua Thien – Hue People’s Committee, ordered that the first phase payment of compensation to residents affected by the marine environmental accident should be completed before the Lunar New Year (Tet), which is due to fall on January 27. The central province has so far distributed more than 260 billion VND (11.44 million USD) worth of compensation to over 14,000 coastal residents affected by the mass fish deaths caused by waste disposal by Formosa Ha Tinh steel company last year. The sum is equivalent to 65 percent of the money local authorities received for the first phase of compensation. Along with payment, local authorities have guided residents in how to use the money to restore fishing or switch to other occupations. The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has examined additional damages in line with the Prime Minister’s Decision 1880/QD-TTg. To date, the amount has reached approximately 270 billion VND (11.88 million USD). The volume of unsold seafood products across the province between April and August, 2016, were nearly 490 tonnes, of which 22 tonnes were considered unsafe and destroyed. In late June 2016, Taiwan-invested Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Limited Company admitted responsibility for the environmental incident, which affected the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue. It pledged 11.5 trillion VND (500 million USD) in compensation. The Ministry of Finance transferred 3 trillion VND (134 million USD) to the…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – Scientific research must follow reality’s demands, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at an online conference on science and technology with provinces and central level cities on January 4. Investment in science and technology should be made in line with real needs with priority given to projects of practical contribution to national development, the PM said. He emphasized six factors ensuring the successful development of science and technology, which are institutions, mechanisms; human resources; financial resource; infrastructure; integration capacity; and the State management capacity. “The general spirit is to release all innovative resources to take the country forwards and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) must submit solutions to remove barriers hindering the development of science and technology,” said the PM. Leaders of ministries, agencies and local governments shared the view that science and technology are the driving force for socio-economic development. In 2016, Vietnam’s budget for science and technology approved by the National Assembly was over 17.7 trillion VND (796 million USD), equal to 1.4 percent of the State budget. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, scientific and technological advances have contributed around 30 to 40 percent to the sector’s growth, helping raise the rice yield per hectare from 5.54 tonnes per hectare in 2011 to 5.77 tonnes per hectare in 2015, one of the highest yields in the region. In the past, the country had to import 70 percent of domestic needs for plant and animal varieties, but the figure now…... [read more]

Vietnam Economy Overcomes Challenges One of the successes of the Vietnamese economy in 2016 is to overcome tremendous challenges in the country and in the world to achieve positive results, featured by a GDP of about 6.21 per cent. Currently, Vietnam is seen as one of the most dynamic economies actively and deeply integrated into the world economy. The business environment improves significantlyWith the government’s great efforts for macroeconomic stability and important institutional reform, the Vietnamese business environment improved in 2016. According to November data released by the General Statistics Office (GSO), in spite of facing unpredictable global economic volatility and serious challenges from climate change and the environmental incident with Formosa Ha Tinh, the index of industrial production (IIP) maintained growth momentum (up 7.3 per cent), and the total retail value of goods and services rose 9.5 per cent over the same period of 2015 or climbed 7.6 per cent if inflationary factors were excluded (up 8.3 per cent in the same period of 2015). In particular, Vietnam saw a record of business start-ups in 2016. The number of newly established enterprises in 2016 reached more than 110,100, up by 16.2 per cent over 2015. Registered capital by these new enterprises also rose by 48.1 per cent to over VND891 trillion (over US$39 billion).The average registered capital per business was VND8.09 billion (US$355,000), up 48.1 per cent as compared to last year. A total of 26,689 enterprises resumed operations, up 43.1 per cent from the previous year. Up to…... [read more]




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