Mekong Delta city strives to complete rural building by 2020

Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (middle)  presented the title of “For the Course of Capital Construction” to Michel Drobiniak and Remi Genevey (Source: Hanoimoi) Hanoi (VNA) – The People’s Committee of Hanoi has presented the title of “For the Course of Capital Construction” to two Frenchmen for their contributions to the capital’s development. Michel Drobiniak, Economic and Commercial Councellor of the French Embassy in Vietnam, and Remi Genevey, former Director of the French Development Agency in Vietnam, were also honoured for their efforts in strengthening ties between the two countries. Addressing the presentation ceremony on August 29, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said that since Drobiniak took office in Hanoi in July 2013, he has worked hard for the city’s growth, especially in transportation infrastructure. Along with helping Hanoi projects access science and technology, he has boosted bilateral ties in many other areas such as infrastructure development, aviation, health care and energy. Notably, he supported Vietnamese and French enterprises to cooperate in areas of common interest, helping Hanoi firms expand business partnerships and export more products to France, he added. Chung also noted that Genevey, who acted as the Director of the Development Agency in Vietnam from September 2013, helped swell France’s total capital commitment to Vietnam to 1.77 billion USD. He also supported a project to install an air monitoring station for the city, said Chung. The city leader express hope that the two…... [read more]

Michel Drobiniak, Economic and Commercial Counselor of the French Embassy in Vietnam, and Remi Genevey, former Director of the French Development Agency in Vietnam, were also honored for their efforts in strengthening ties between the two countries. Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (middle) presents the title “For the Course of Capital Construction” to Michel Drobiniak and Remi Genevey. Photo: Hanoimoi Addressing the presentation ceremony on August 29, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said that since Drobiniak took office in Hanoi in July 2013, he has worked hard for the city’s growth, especially in transportation infrastructure. Along with helping Hanoi projects access science and technology, he has boosted bilateral ties in many other areas such as infrastructure development, aviation, health care and energy. Notably, he supported Vietnamese and French enterprises to cooperate in areas of common interest, helping Hanoi firms expand business partnerships and export more products to France, he added. Chung also noted that Genevey, who acted as the Director of the Development Agency in Vietnam from September 2013, helped swell France’s total capital commitment to Vietnam to USD 1.77 billion. He also supported a project to install an air monitoring station for the city, said Chung. The city leader express hope that the two French nationals will contribute more to the socio-economic development of the city and the partnership between Vietnam and France. Source: VNA... [read more]

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang (R) and Austria’s outgoing Ambassador to Vietnam Thomas Loidl (Photo: VNA)   Hanoi (VNA) – State President Tran Dai Quang hailed Austria’s outgoing Ambassador to Vietnam Thomas Loidl for his efforts to step up bilateral ties and introduce many Austrian businesses to Vietnam during his reception for the diplomat in Hanoi on August 29. He congratulated the diplomat on his very successful working term in Vietnam and wished that in any future positions, he would always be a close friend and work to foster the cooperation between Austria and Vietnam. The President was delighted at positive cooperation between the two countries across politics, diplomacy, trade-investment, development cooperation, education-training, healthcare and education. He cited the 2016 two-way trade value of 2.8 billion USD, which is 10 percent more than 2015’s figure. Austria is the sixth largest European exporter of Vietnam. It is running 28 projects with a total registered capital of 138 million USD in Vietnam, ranking 39th among 116 countries and territories investing in the country. He took the occasion to thank the Austrian Government for providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the fields of railways, healthcare and vocational training. Austria-funded programmes and projects have been productively contributing to Vietnam’s socio-economic development and international integration efforts. He suggested the two sides boosting visit exchanges, especially high-level ones, together with cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and coordinating in celebrations of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties to further the bilateral ties. …... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh at the event (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) held a meeting on August 29 to review a pilot project selecting 600 excellent young intellectuals to work as vice chairs of the communal People’s Committees in 64 poor districts nationwide. MoHA Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Thua said in early October 2012, his ministry finished selecting 580 young persons with university diplomas for the project, which has been carried out in 20 provinces. They have made active contributions to building clean and strong grassroots political systems and directly engaging in local socio-economic development tasks, he noted, adding that the project has also helped fine-tune mechanisms and policies on discovering, selecting and training young officials in Vietnam. Over the last five years, 351 project members have proactively suggested and directly carried out 834 socio-economic development programmes, plans and projects. Thua cited a Ngoc Linh ginseng farming model initiated by Vice Chairman of the Tra Linh communal People’s Committee Dinh Hong Thang in Quang Nam province, saying this model has helped local residents escape from poverty. Meanwhile, a plan on building clean water supply system implemented by Vice Chairman of the Ba Dien communal People’s Committee Nguyen Anh Khoa in Quang Ngai province has helped curb skin diseases in the locality. Those programmes, plans and projects have helped raise local people’s income and awareness of socio-economic development, custom changes and cultural preservation, the official added. …... [read more]

NDO/VNA – State President Tran Dai Quang hailed Austria’s outgoing Ambassador to Vietnam Thomas Loidl for his efforts to step up bilateral ties and introduce many Austrian businesses to Vietnam during his reception for the diplomat in Hanoi on August 29. He congratulated the diplomat on his very successful working term in Vietnam and wished that in any future positions, he would always be a close friend and work to foster the cooperation between Austria and Vietnam. The President was delighted at positive cooperation between the two countries across politics, diplomacy, trade-investment, development cooperation, education-training, healthcare and education. He cited the 2016 two-way trade value of US$2.8 billion, which is 10 percent more than 2015’s figure. Austria is the sixth largest European exporter of Vietnam. It is running 28 projects with a total registered capital of US$138 million in Vietnam, ranking 39th among 116 countries and territories investing in the country. He took the occasion to thank the Austrian Government for providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the fields of railways, healthcare and vocational training. Austria-funded programmes and projects have been productively contributing to Vietnam’s socio-economic development and international integration efforts. He suggested the two sides boosting visit exchanges, especially high-level ones, together with cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and coordinating in celebrations of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties to further the bilateral ties. He asked the diplomat to convey his invitation to visit Vietnam to President Alexander Van der Bellen.…... [read more]

After 25 years since re-establishment, Soc Trang province has achieved encouraging socio-economic development results. And, industry has made a spectacular breakthrough with a higher growth rate than the province’s GDP growth and thus contributing significantly to local industrialisation and modernisation. According to the Soc Trang Department of Industry and Trade, the province’s GDP growth averaged 10.52 per cent a year in 1993 to 2016 and the industry - construction sector climbed 14 per cent. Taking only industry into consideration, its industrial production value was only VND478 billion in 1992 but it soared to VND10,376 billion in 2015, with the average year on year growth of 14.32 per cent in this period. The value in 2016 was 16.16 per cent higher than in 2015. In addition to the spearhead processing industry, Soc Trang has great potential for developing energy industry such as thermal power, wind power and solar power. And, this industry is expected to open a new breakthrough direction for the province in some years to come. Typical energy projects include Long Phu Thermal Power Centre with three plants with a capacity of 4,320 MW covering 420 ha (Long Phu 1 with 1,200 MW invested by PetroVietnam Group and expected to have the first turbine generate electricity in 2018 and the second turbine to go into operation in 2019, Long Phu 2 with 1,320MW invested by TATA Power Group of India and expected to have the first turbine to start commercial power generation in…... [read more]

Since its re-establishment 25 years ago, Soc Trang province has applied many open policies to catch the fancy of investors. With the determination and engagement of the entire political system, the image of a friendly, open and prosperous Soc Trang is becoming more familiar and more trustworthy than ever before the eyes of domestic and international investors. The following conversation with Mr Lam Hoang Nghiep, Director of Soc Trang Department of Planning and Investment, will explain the magnetism of Soc Trang to investors. Hoang Lam reports. How have Soc Trang province’s investment attraction efforts been rewarded, especially in FDI attraction? By exerting efforts to tap available economic potential and advantages, accelerate administrative procedure reform, quicken and smoothen cooperation and coordination among relevant bodies, and promptly remove difficulties and obstacles in the way of investors, the investment environment of Soc Trang province has become more alluring to investors. Since 2009, the province has contacted, met, provided information and introduced investment opportunities to 434 domestic and foreign companies investors; issued new investment certificates to 121 projects with a total capital of over VND31 trillion, of which 42 projects with nearly VND2,900 billion are industrial zones and 79 projects with over VND28 trillion are outside industrial zones. Licensed projects are mainly engaged in package production, fertiliser production, aquaculture and agricultural product processing. The province licensed 13 FDI projects with a total registered capital of US$125.62 million. The province has achieved encouraging results in investment attraction in recent years, helping it…... [read more]

In the past time, with effective changes in guidance and administration of the Provincial Party Committee, the Provincial People’s Council and the Provincial People’s Committee as well as the drastic engagement of all departments and branches, Soc Trang province has solidly overcome difficulties and challenges to achieve most encouraging results in almost all areas. Changing the face of Soc Trang urban areasMr Pham Anh Minh, Deputy Director of the Department of Construction Positive urban development has helped economic restructuring, socio-economic development and people’s material and spiritual life improvement. The province has streamlined planning and planning management, decentralised management, applied information technology to management, intensified administrative procedure reform, attracted resources for development investment, and raised public awareness of construction planning, environmental protection, and urban landscape. As a result, the urban environment has been gradually improved and modernised In the past time, the province has effectively mobilised domestic and foreign capital sources and economic sectors, particularly from enterprises, to invest in technical infrastructure construction in urban areas, residential areas, commercial areas and environmental rehabilitation. The construction of new buildings helps change the look of urban areas and improve people’s livelihood quality. The technical and social infrastructure has been invested to promote socio-economic development. Aiming to build Soc Trang e-government Mr Duong Van Nhan, Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Communications As a poor province where Khmer people reside, Soc Trang lacks budget for IT application and e-government approach. Therefore, the deployment of e-government must have…... [read more]

In the past time, effective investment promotion and business support have contributed to increasing the appeal of the investment environment and, more importantly, attracting many investors to Soc Trang province. The following interview with Ms Huynh Thi Ngoc Huong, Director of the Soc Trang Investment Promotion and Business Support Centre, will shed light on this issue. Hoang Lam reports. Soc Trang province possesses numerous advantages to attract investors. What are those advantages? Apart from the potential for agricultural development, industry and service are also the province’s strengths in investment attraction. Many big projects have been licensed into the province, including Long Phu 1 thermal power plant invested by Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam), Lac Hoa wind power plant (first phase) invested by Technology Development Construction Joint Stock Company (TDC), garment and textile projects invested by Tuntex Company, Best Way Company and Youngone Nam Dinh Co., Ltd. They have actively contributed to local Socio-economic development and created jobs for tens of thousands of workers. Besides, many other companies and investors are applying for investment projects in the province, for example Long Phu 2 thermal power plant invested by TATA Power Group (India), a wind power plant invested by Phu Cuong Group, Cong Ly wind power plant invested by Cong Ly - Construction - Trading - Tourism Co., Ltd. Furthermore, trade and tourism are also huge potential of Soc Trang to attract domestic and foreign investors. In addition to diverse resources for economic development, the Provincial Party…... [read more]

For 25 years of re-establishment (1992 - 2017), Soc Trang province has attained important achievements, created a new appearance to urban and rural areas, significantly improved the material and spiritual life of the people, and highly uplifted the position and strength of the province. In the following conversation with us, Mr Tran Van Chuyen, Chairman of the Soc Trang Provincial People’s Committee, affirmed that “The Party, the government, the armed forces and the people of Soc Trang province will make a greater effort to successfully achieve the goal of industrialisation and modernisation to become a relatively developed province in the Mekong Delta by 2020.” Hoang Lam reports. After 25 years of re-establishment, Soc Trang province has effectively utilised and promoted available advantages and resources in the course of provincial construction and development, and achieved important socio-economic development outcomes. Would you mind introducing remarkable socio-economic development results in the past 25 years? Firstly, the economy has been constantly grown and the economic structure has shifted in a positive direction. For the past 25 years, the average annual economic growth rate has been over 10 per cent. Gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016 was 11 times higher than that in 1992. The economic structure has shifted towards a desired pattern, with industry and service holding greater shares. Secondly, all economic sectors have developed rapidly. In agriculture, rice output has increased over time. In 1992, the rice output was less than one million tonnes but it…... [read more]




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