Building materials sales to rise

Steel sales in August increased by 50,000 tonnes to 410,000 tonnes against the previous month, said Nguyen Tien Nghi, deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Steel Association (VSA). That trend was expected to continue untill the end of the year, Nghi added.

Viet Nam attends 7th ASEAN People’s Forum

The three-day forum, which drew the participation of over 1,300 delegates from people’s organisations of 10 ASEAN member nations and several regional organisations, continues to pursue goals of speeding up inter-ASEAN integration and building an ASEAN towards the people and the ASEAN Community in 2015. The Vietnamese delegation’s message at APF-7 focused on preventing arms races and protecting peace and stability in the region, especially in the East Sea; worries about projects to build hydropower dams on the Mekong River; and the struggle for justice for millions of Vietnamese AO victims.

Vietnam freight transport q1 2011 – road building and road usage are both expanding strongly

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Hanoi to crack down on illicit trading of apartments

The inspections will be mainly on the CT1 building with 328 apartments in Ngo Thi Nham Ward in Ha Dong District.

ASEAN senior officials discuss important issues

A series of ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meetings (SOMs) has been taking place in Indonesia ’s Yogyakarta city from March 7-9, discussing what the bloc has to work towards the building of the ASEAN Community in 2015.

UK will end aid to Vietnam by 2016

The UK Secretary of State for International Development on March 2 announced in London the outcome of the Bilateral/Multilateral Aid Review, which aimed to shake up Britain’s aid programme by concentrating efforts on countries where UK aid will, pound for pound, achieve the best results in fighting poverty and building a safer world, and where Britain is in the best position to deliver results.

Project offers treatment and care for drug users

The project’s objectives include increasing beneficiaries’ access to drug detoxification services, and restoring health for drug users, thus reducing drug addiction’s effects on community’s health, including HIV transmission. It also aims to raise local authorities’ capacity on building and developing drug treatment networks and a healthy community, as well as duplicate the project’s model to turn it into a nationwide social service network to reduce drug demand.

New transport plan given thumbs up

The plan calls for improved infrastructure and growth rates of 7-9 per cent a year in passenger and goods transport. The plan to 2020, which extends to 2030, calls for building 580km of new expressways and major provincial roads, as well as upgrading existing roads. Under the plan, 80 per cent of rural roads would be paved by 2020.

Transport must be in harmony with each locality’s conditions

The main target of this task is to create a scientific basis for building and implementing traffic development plans in the short term, while ensuring sustainable development in the long term in accordance with Viet Nam’s human and financial resources.

Congress of new faith and vitality

The national development targets for the next five years include continuing to raise the leadership capacity and combative strength, accelerating the Doi Moi (Renewal) process, building a strong political system, upholding democracy and national great unity, developing the economy rapidly and sustainably, improving the people’s living condition, maintaining social and political stability, enhancing external relations activities, maintaining independence, sovereignty, and unity and laying foundations for the country to basically become a modernity-oriented industrialised nation by 2020.

US says training key to investment

Building an educated and professionally trained workforce is crucial for Vietnam to absorb new investment flows from the United States, said outgoing US ambassador Michael Michalak. The ambassador, who recently finished a three-year stint in Vietnam, also said that focusing on hi-tech projects was a notable characteristic of the US’ third wave of investment here.

Human resources – key factor to industrialise rural areas

In the draft 2011-2020 socio-economic development strategy, the Party stressed the importance of taking advantage of tropical agriculture to develop large-scale production with high productivity and effectiveness, increase the output of farm products and their export revenue, improve farmers’ living conditions, and ensure national food security. It shows the consistency of Party’s policies in developing agriculture and building new rural areas in the context of the transition toward socialism.

Key industrial products aid capital’s growth

Under the programme, key industrial products were categorised into six groups: mechanical engineering, electrical and electronics, chemicals and plastics, footwear, garment and textile, paper and packaging, and processed foods. Assistance for the recognised enterprises included help in building and promoting trademarks, technology development and priorities to resolve land use rights and administrative procedures

Lao commerce enters new era with stock market launch

Standing Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad struck a gong to launch trading at the LSX building in Vientiane at 11 a.m. on January 11 of 2011, ringing in a new era for Laos as it seeks to modernize its economy, maintain growth and draw more foreign investment.

Vinashin signs contracts for building 16 new ships in 2011

In the plan for 2011, the group has valid contracts with 87 ships worth $1.387 billion; contracts for building 16 new ships have recently been signed with value of $377 million. In addition, Vinashin will further promote ship-repairing contracts as this is a favourable market and the efficiency is generally higher than shipbuilding. The group will focus on investing into the remaining items of the facilities for support industries, improving product quality to meet the requirements of building ships for export, supplementing equipments and enhance the capacity of the shipyards.

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