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Vietnam to complete Mekong Delta rice storage system soon

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has requested the Hau Giang provincial authorities to instruct relevant agencies to reach an agreement with the Vietnam Southern Food Corporation (Vinafood 2) on necessary measures, especially in site clearance for an early completion of the storage system as planned.

Asian Development Bank grants $69m for forest protection project

The 32-year loan of $30 million to Viet Nam and grants of $19 million for Cambodia and $20 million for Laos will help the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) member nations carry out the GMS Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project. It follows a series of successful pilot conservation activities in the countries.

US to assess health of Mekong basin

The workshop, organised by the US Consulate General in HCM City and the US-based International Crane Foundation, gathered scientists from 18 universities in Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. They will discuss the details of their data sampling strategy before they make a field trip to Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap Province.

 

Research on pollutants begins in Mekong region

The four-day seminar, co-organised by the HCMC University of Natural Sciences, the city’s US Consulate General and the International Crane Foundation (ICF) will initiate research POPs in the Mekong River. Scientists say that POPs harm human beings’ health and the environment across the world. POPs from insecticides and other sources enter the water surface in rivers, ponds or marshes. The Mekong is one of the world’s most important rivers but there little research on POPs has been carried out on this river.

Southern music seeks UNESCO recognition

March 2011 is the deadline for Vietnam to forward its dossier, said the Head of Vietnam’s National Academy of Music Associate Professor Le Toan, adding that there will be an international seminar held on southern amateur music in Ho Chi Minh City in January, 2011. A film crew from the institute began a fact-finding tour in mid-November to shoot a documentary on southern amateur music in 14 southeastern and Mekong Delta provinces over two months.

Vietnam Feels the Heat of a 100-Year Drought

Across Vietnam, high temperatures and parched rivers are setting off alarm bells as the nation grapples with what's shaping up to be its worst drought in more than 100 years. At 0.68 meters high, the Red River is at its lowest level since records started being kept in 1902. With virtually no rainfall since September, timber fires are burning in the north and tinder-dry conditions threaten forests in the south. The region most affected — and the one that affects the most — is the Mekong River Delta in the south.

Flights from and to Hanoi resume operation

The carrier had to cancel six flights from Hanoi to central Vinh city, the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho and the northern province of Dien Bien. To avoid bad weather, three flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi had to change their direction to land at the Da Nang Airport (one flight) and Vientiane Airport of Laos (two flights).

Conference to examine issues in mixed marriages

The conference will be held the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in co-ordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Security, the Viet Nam Women's Union and the Ho Chi Minh Youth Communist League. The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta city of Can Tho will host such a conference in the first quarter of next year.

Vietnam cuts reserve ratios for some banks – C.Bank

The country’s top lender Agribank, Vietnam International Bank (VIB), Kien Long Bank and Mekong Housing Bank would have reserve ratios that are one-fifth of the level applied to other banks. It did not specify the ratios.

93.4% of manpower in Vietnam Mekong Delta untrained

The Mekong Delta encompasses 13 cities and provinces which cover an area of four million hectares and boast a population of approximately 18 million, accounting for 22% of the country’s total population. However, it ranks the seventh among regions in the rate of untrained workforce. The region now has 11 universities and 27 colleges and 35 vocational training schools, but they fail to meet increasing demand for trained workforce.

Can Tho hosts int’l agriculture fair

On display are machinery, agricultural equipment, production lines, processed products, fertiliser, pesticides, animal foods and medicines, aquatic products, rice, seeds, furniture, fruits and rare plants and animals from the central, and southeastern region as well as the Mekong Delta. 

HCMC hosts exhibition of Vietnamese paintings

The paintings depict Vietnam’s landscapes in many different areas such as the old quarter in Hanoi, Hoi An ancient town, the Central Highlands with Truong Son mountain range, peaceful villages in the north of the country and the Mekong Delta.

Sustainable urban development and climate change

The increasing population density will impose threats on sustainable development of Việt Nam’s Mekong Delta, Red River Delta, and central coastal areas. The sea level rise is the biggest growing danger for human living space. Repeated droughts and flood in the Central Region, rising tide in Hồ Chí Minh City, and unusual flood season in the Mekong Delta are vivid examples of the global climate change. Unplanned urban development and rising fertility also exacerbate the climate change effects.

New policies needed to spur growth

Dong Thap Province’s rice output increased from 260,000 tonnes in 1975 to 1 million tonnes in 1988 and to 2.8 million this year. The Plain of Reeds region has a total area of 696,000ha and spans Dong Thap, Tien Giang and Long An provinces in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta. In 1980, the Government decided to develop the region, whose soil was heavily polluted with alum at that time, into a region that could have high-growth in the agriculture, industry, services and tourism sectors.

Banks join hands with foreign investors

Tran Thi Thanh Thanh, Chair of Mekong Bank said her firm found a strategic partner to sell its 20-30 percent stake in a bid to raise its charter capital to 3 trillion dong from 1 trillion dong this year.


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