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.

Mekong Expo 2011 opens in Can Tho Province

Businesses from the Mekong Delta provinces, Ho Chi Minh City, Tay Ninh, Lam Dong, Khanh Hoa, Dong Nai and Da Nang participated in the expo. The expo highlighted the economic achievements and the specialities of each province and city, as well as displayed the fine arts, handicrafts, machinery, technology, foods and various equipments of the regions.

Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation Forum to start in July

This year’s forum, themed “the Mekong Delta-Connectivity for Sustainable Development”, will focus on working out effective measures to boost the regional economic connectivity.

Mekong Expo 2011 opens in Can Tho

The fair showcased economic achievements, the potential and specialities of each province and city as well as fine art and handicraft products, machinery, advanced technologies, food processing, and environmental protection tools.

Prices of agro and aqua products soar in Mekong Delta

Ca Mau, Bac Lieu and Soc Trang provinces have continued to see a shortage of tiger shrimps, with prices continuing to rise. These provinces have faced shrimp shortage because of widespread epidemic diseases in shrimps in the region. One kilogram of shrimps loading about 20 pieces costs VND260,000-265,000 and one kilogram loading 30 pieces of shrimps costs VND190,000-200,000. In Dong Thap and Tien Giang provinces, traders are boosting the purchase of rice with prices of VND8,200-8,250 per kilogram of five-percent-broken rice and VND8,100-8,150 per kilogram of 15-percent-broken rice.

VNPost, Air Mekong link up

Under the agreements, each office of VNPost would become a sales agent for Air Mekong e-tickets via the internet network at the postal station, said Do Ngoc Binh, VNPost’s general director.

Flexibility key to tackling climate change

The two-day workshop, titled "Towards a Mekong Delta Plan", brought together policy-makers and hundreds of experts from the two countries in the presence of Dutch Crown Prince Williem-Alexander, who has been on an official visit to the country. Workshop participants discussed different options to optimise plans for the Delta relating to many areas including the predicted rise in sea levels, salinity intrusion, drought, insufficient supply of fresh water, agricultural and aquaculture production as well as urban development.

Mekong Delta set to boost tra fish exports

Dong Thap, An Giang, Ben Tre, Can Tho and other provinces plan to increase the acreages of water surface of 6,000-6,300 hectares, up 600 – 800 hectares compared to last year, with a projected output of 1.3 million tonnes, haft of which will be exported.

Seafood processors waste energy, says study

The survey was conducted in 11 shrimp and 10 tra fish processing factories in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta by International Finance Corporation (IFC), in co-operation with the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

Tra fish exports set to increase 10 percent

The target was announced at a meeting on tra fish in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on January 18 under the chair of MARD Deputy Minister Vu Van Tam. Other targets include expanding tra fish farming areas in Mekong Delta, the nation’s largest supplier of the fish, by 900 ha to 6,300 ha for a yearly catch of between 1.2 and 1.3 million tonnes and increasing fish fry production up to 2.6 billion fry from 2.4 billion last year.

ADB to help Mekong nations

The ADB grant will assist GMS countries in preparing a detailed plan for setting up the GMS Railway Co-ordination Office (RCO), including a business and financing plan for its first five years of operation.

Expansion of handicraft village model needed in VN

Statistics show that export turnover of handicraft products to over 100 countries has increased on year-on-year basis, standing at US $273 million, US $850 million and US $900 million in 2000, 2008 and 2009 respectively. About 43% of handicraft villages locate in the Red River Delta, while some 12.2% and 10.5% are in the Northwest Region and Mekong Delta respectively. Major handicraft villages are involved in rattan and bamboo weaving, fabric knitting, and wood processing.

Shortages force tra-fish exporters to close

Nguyen Huu Dung, deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), said the export price of tra fish had reached US$3 per kilo and would increase. The purchase price of tra fish in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta increased from VND19,500 per kilo in early December to the current VND23,500. According to the Viet Nam Fisheries Association, scarce supplies and the slippage in the VND/US dollar exchange rate caused the tra fish price hike.

Lack of storage space causes Delta rice loss

Viet Nam harvests around 38 million tonnes of paddy rice annually with half coming from the country's rice-bowl, the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta. However, current storage facilities can contain 2 million tonnes. Most of the facilities were built in the 1980s with old, unsophisticated equipment that does not offer proper storage conditions. Post-harvest losses arising from both drying and storing processes have climbed to 4 and 5 per cent of the country's total production, experts have said.

Temasek unit buys 15% of Mekong Development Bank

The purchase helped lift registered capital at the lender, based in the southern province of An Giang, to 3 trillion dong ($154 million) from 1 trillion dong, the Vietnamese bank said in an e-mailed statement today. The two companies also agreed on a plan that would allow Fullerton to increase the stake to 20 percent next year, it said, without giving a specific timeframe.