NA Vice Chairman works with Can Tho city

Vice Chairman of the Can Tho People’s Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam (Photo: VNA) Can Tho (VNA) – Vietnamese businesses will be given top priorities in terms of procedures and competition when investing in Cuba, Consul General of Cuba in Ho Chi Minh City Bernabe Garcia Valido said on August 30. Talking to Vice Chairman of the Can Tho People’s Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam, the outgoing diplomat said Cuba’s investment attraction policy prioritises firms from fraternal nations which have mutual trust with Cuba, and Vietnam is one of such countries. He said Cuba considers foreign investment as a resource for national economic development and a chance to learn new management methods, adding that investment opportunities concentrate on agricultural and forestry product manufacturing (especially food and cane sugar), industry, tourism, energy, mining, transport, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, health care, construction, trade and audiovisual industry. Valido affirmed that his successor will continue implementing the abovementioned cooperation projects and plans and focus on popularising opportunities for investment in the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone, which covers over 465 in the west of Havana. He hoped that this zone’s potential will attract investors from Can Tho and other southwestern provinces of Vietnam. For his part, Vice Chairman Nam applauded the Consul General’s proposals and contributions, noting that cooperation between Can Tho and Cuba remains almost untapped due to a shortage of information about the market and investment policy.  Cuba has only one project worth 5.6 million…... [read more]

The Mekong Delta city of Cần Thơ is promoting community tourism on Cồn Sơn Islet in Bình Thủy District. Breath of fresh air: The 67ha islet attracts tourists with its serene setting, fresh air, fruit orchards, floating houses, and delicious traditional southern cakes made by locals. - Photo “The city aims to turn Cồn Sơn into a popular attraction for local and foreign tourists,” Lê Văn Tâm, deputy chairman of the Cần Thơ People’s Committee, said. Situated in the Hậu River, a tributary of the Cửu Long (Mekong), the 67ha islet attracts tourists with its serene setting, fresh air, fruit orchards, floating houses, and delicious traditional southern cakes made by locals. It is 600 metres from the river bank and takes only five minutes by boat from Cô Bắc boat station. According to Phan Thị Nguyệt, deputy chairwoman of the Bình Thủy District People’s Committee, 74 households live on the islet, earning their livelihoods from farming and tourism. Fifteen of them offer community tourism services to tourists such as catching fish in ponds, making cakes together with their hosts, visiting fruit orchards and homestay. Tâm said the city would provide all required support for the islet, with top priority being its infrastructure. There is now only one boat to Cồn Sơn from Cô Bắc boat station, and the city plans to build a new boat station. The city will…... [read more]

Recent surveys have found that residents in the Mekong Delta city have not taken the issue seriously. The working session focused on the impact of climate change on Can Tho’s Vinh Thanh and Binh Thuy districts, which are said to be the most at risk, and their capacity to respond to the problem is limited. The meeting was part of the the “Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network” project – an initiative jointly conducted by the CtC and the Rockefeller Foundation in Vietnam, Thailand, India and Indonesia.... [read more]

These areas included Can Tho, My Tho, Ca Mau, Tra Vinh, Cao Lanh, and Rach Gia. This plan was part of a strategy to upgrade national cities by 2020 to improve the living conditions of people in the Mekong Delta region. The project costed US$600 million, 65 percent of which came from the World Bank and 35 percent from Vietnam. The project will benefit 142,000 people directly and nearly 1.4 million indirectly. More than 12,055 families will be provided with loans to repair their houses. It will also help to upgrade essential projects to serve the people’s daily lives, such as roads, irrigation, and solid waste treatment. In Can Tho City, the project will invest US$112.7 million in building drain-pipes, installing equipment to support the management of drain-pipes and environmental sanitation, upgrading Bung Xang Lake, Ngong and Sao trenches, as well as some paths in Ninh Kieu district, expanding roads in Cai Ranh district, and building three resettlement areas in O Mon, Cai Rang and Binh Thuy districts. After the meeting, relevant agencies will assert the project in June, negotiate with partners and sign an agreement to borrow loans in September, and will approve the project in December and carry out it in January 2012.... [read more]

At a working session with the municipal authorities on August 14, the Party chief asked Can Tho to pay heed to Party build-ups and political system consolidation as well as the combat against corruption and waste. As a central city in the region, Can Tho has yet established strong connectivity with other regional localities, he said, urging it to proactively work with ministries and central agencies in addressing social problems stemming from urbanisation, like flooding, environmental pollution, and hospital overloads. Last year, the city’s per capita income was estimated at VND70.5 million (US$3,313), and its budget collection reached nearly VND11 trillion (US$517 million). The same day, Party leader Trong made a fact-finding trip to the Can Tho-O Mon thermo power plant, and had a working session with the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region. He also visited Nam Hai Food Joint Stock Company in the Tra Noc Industrial Park, Binh Thuy district, the High Command of the Military Zone 9, and the city’s general hospital.... [read more]

Fighting Erosion In The Mekong Delta By Nguyen Huu Thien The Long Hoa Market landslide in Can Tho City’s Binh Thuy District earlier this month highlighted the erosion along the Mekong Delta’s rivers, canals and coastlines. Solutions to minimize this kind of disaster should be taken. The ground in the Mekong Delta is easily influenced by dynamic changes in the basin due to its weak foundation. However, the region in the past received the Mekong River’s silts and had the basin’s dynamic balance, with erosions and alluvial coverages due to the natural movement of currents. In recent years, the erosion in the Mekong Delta has turned unusually severe as the balance has been destroyed. From the change of flows… One of the factors destroying the Mekong Delta’s dynamic balance is the change of currents, due to the unusual rainfall caused by climate change and artificial constructions such as hydropower dams. Land use changes and forest losses in the Mekong River basin have also accelerated flood flows and reduced dry-season flows, and poured more sediment into the river. But if the river is obstructed with hydropower dams, the silt inflow to the downstream area will decrease and cause the phonomenon of “hungry water.” “Hungry water” is a term used to explain the shortfall of silts in water. When water lacks silts, it tends to seek silts along its course, namely from riverbanks and riverbeds, to maintain the flow dynamic balance and therefore cause erosion. According to International Rivers, a U.S.-based agency…... [read more]

Visitors to Vietnam’s southern Can Tho Province, which used to be called the country’s southwestern capital, often buy local souvenirs, including traditional food, to take home as gifts to their families and friends. Among those items, the Banh Tet La Cam, or cylindrical sticky rice cake with a violet color stuffing, is much sought after due to its fragrant and delicious taste. To learn more about how to make this special kind of cake, we visited a house in An Thoi Ward, Binh Thuy District in Can Tho Province, owned by Huynh Thi Trong, a local woman skilled in making Banh Tet La Cam for many years. At the age of 87 years old, she looked still healthy and was sound in mind. Local villagers said that Trong is the first villager to make this kind of cake and has contributed greatly in developing the craft over the past years. “Long ago, my family cooked sticky rice for sale. We used a kind of tree leaves with a violet colour (called La Cam in Vietnamese) and soaked them in water with the glutinous rice. When the rice is well done, it has a fragrant smell with a nice violet colour, so I thought I should make the Banh Tet having the same colour (Banh Tet La Cam) to make it more attractive and tasty to the buyers,” the artisan recalled. According to the artisan, it takes several step to prepare the Banh Tet La Cam. The main ingredients include sticky…... [read more]

“Can Tho gao trang nuoc trong” (Can Tho is characterised by white rice, clear water). This saying more or less tells of the richness endowed by nature on Can Tho called “Tay Do” (western city), namely the capital of Western Cochinchine. Nowadays, in addition to its natural and cultural potentials bearing deep imprints of Cochinchine crisscrossed with rivers and canals, Can Tho vigorously steps up its economic development in various forms, becoming a large economic and industrial hub, linking with the Mekong River delta provinces in many aspects. To the land of “white rice and clear water” Early in the morning, Yolanda Martinez and Marcelo Loper, two Spanish tourists, and their guide, left their hotel, boarding a native’s small boat to Cai Rang Floating Market known so far and wide in Western Cochinchine that everyone who comes to Can Tho also wishes to go there at least once. Cai Rang floating market is a fruit and farm produce wholesale market of the Mekong River delta region. It is held on the Cai Rang River at a section near Cai Rang bridge, which is some 6km by land from Can Tho City and about 30 minutes by boat from Ninh Kieu wharf. In the early morning, the market bustles with buyers and sellers, small boats fully loaded with fruits and agricultural products moving to and fro, with noises from boats, and the announcements of one’s wares and calls to each other. floating market. Photo: Trong Chinh/VNP All trade activites take place…... [read more]

Rhythms on the river On a small boat at this floating market, a 50-year-old man plays the guitar and begins to sing. At Cai Rang Floating Market, sellers offer many products but only this man uses his music to earn his living. He is Nguyen Van Luom, a. k. a. Ly Hung. Luom was born in Long Tuyen Commune, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City. The largest space of his 30-square-meter boat, with a “n ca tài t” (traditional amateur music) signboard, is for guests who visit his boat to enjoy n ca tài t performance. Luom did not attend any course on n ca tài t. He only learnt it from his friends but he can play some three or four music instruments and master different rhythms of southern and northern regions.To Luom, performing n ca tài t is not only a way to support his family but also the love for this art of music, reported Saigon Giai Phong newspaper. A gift for Vietnam Irina Vinskovskaya, a Russian woman, expresses her love for Vietnam by designing the website to introduce Vietnamese images to the world. Vinskovskaya tells Nong Thon Ngay Nay newspaper that the practitioners of Vietnamese traditional martial arts Nhat Nam in Moscow opened the website in June 2001 to provide information on this martial arts. In early 2004, these practitioners asked Vinskovskaya to help them manage their website and she began to redesign it. Vinskovskaya found more information on Vietnam to upload on this…... [read more]

Pleasure of fishing in Can Tho City By Phuong Kieu in Can Tho Amidst the poetic scenery of the countryside with the murmur of canals running under ancient trees, Can Tho City is an ideal place for fishing for pleasure; providing a chance to contemplate in a place of tranquility. Dinh Thi Xuan Mai, the owner of the restaurant, said that the restaurant offers fishing services at VND30,000 per hour, exclusive of rod and fish food. However, visitors can borrow rods and buy fish food at VND10,000 for 100 grams or VND500 a cricket. Fishing here can be lucky, sometime ten kilograms of fish can be caught in just one hour, added Mai. Many visitors are from Tra Noc Ward, some of them come alone and others come with their family for a short holidays. They merrily gather under the cottages and make dishes from the fish they have caught, happily enjoying the meal together. Meanwhile, nearer to the center of Can Tho City, two large fish ponds in Gia Trang Quan, located on Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Tra Noc Ward, Binh Thuy District, are very popular with tourists. "I had a passion for fishing when I lived in HCMC twenty years ago. When I came back to my hometown, Can Tho City, I opened a restaurant and fishing service to satisfy myself as well as my customers." said Phung Van Chau, owner of Gia Trang Quan. The two ponds were set up in 2004 on an area of 12,000…... [read more]