Vietnam not to adopt grow at any cost model

Asia’s long-term competitiveness will depend heavily on how it controls the intensity of its resource use, including water and food, and manages its carbon footprint. “Asians face formidable challenges. Our leaders must be aware that future prosperity will need to be earned in the same way that developed economies have earned their success,” ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda said.

PPP projects slow to gain sufficient traction

Last November, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung adopted a decision regulating the implementation of pilot PPP projects in a bid to encourage private investors to engage in infrastructure development. PPP involves collaboration between the government and the private sector in carrying out projects with social benefits. Both sides share the responsibilities and risks of such projects. The government now allows PPPs in nine sectors including airport and seaports, energy, roads, railway, water supply, healthcare and urban transport.

No power cuts in May, ministry orders

According to the ministry’s Electricity Regulatory Authority, with water levels rising at hydropower plant reservoirs and new power sources coming online, the pressure on power supply should ease in May and June. It also said Vietnam has increased power purchases from China by around 100 million kilowatt-hours per month starting April.

Capital-starved projects becoming a waste

According to Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Department for Economic Zones Management statistics, 127 operating industrial zones (IZs) are yet to have in place waste-water treatment facilities currently, making up 40 per cent. Of which 40 IZs have been brought online with urgent needs to build such necessary facilities.

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.

Complaints lead to water review

Under Decision No 117 dated July 11, 2007, every household has to pay a monthly minimum fee of VND16,000 (USmodule_ussslot1_2_1_2_1_data.8), equivalent to four cubic metres of water, to their water suppliers. This is the first legal document on water supply in Viet Nam following the Government allowing water suppliers to operate as businesses. Generally, the fee itself is not a major sum to concern locals, but those not consuming the regulated volume believe they should not have to pay the basic charge.

The end of the light

Apart from record low water levels at hydropower reservoirs, say local media, EVN points the accusing finger to low power prices that hinder it and other investors from developing new power sources and wreak great havoc on their financial statuses. And, the power shortage not only looms large this year, but also casts shadow on the following years on the economy.

Reservoirs opened for drought-hit farmers

Deputy general director of Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) Dang Hoang An said on Monday afternoon that the company had complied with a request from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to make two releases of water from its reservoirs at the end of this month and in February to save crops. Deputy director of MARD's Irrigation Department Dang Duy Hien said that the survival of two-thirds of the rice crop under plantation in the north and north centre of the nation depended on water from the reservoirs.

PepsiCo launches $250m plant

The plant in Bac Ninh will produce a range of PepsiCo key products, including traditional carbonated soft drinks, purified water, sports drink and convenience foods.

Film contest on water resources

The contest, the first of its kind to date, is part of a Belgium-funded project to improve Vietnam’s capacity to assess and manage water resources in the 2009-2012 period.

Urban growth ‘not sustainable': ministry

While urbanisation had created cities and enlarged existing ones, the development of roads, power and water reticulation, drainage systems, solid-waste treatment and the provision of green spaces and social services had been neglected. To rectify the situation, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has told the Construction Ministry to speed up the 2009-20 national programme to upgrade urban areas.

2010: The year nature struck back!

To make matters worse, intense flooding killed about 6,300 people in 59 countries up until September, according to the World Heath Organisation. The most severe, in Pakistan, lasted for months and covered about a fifth of the nation's land area under water. About 2,000 people were killed and 12 million others lost houses, property and livestock. Viet Nam was also inundated. In October and November, the central region, from Nghe An to Khanh Hoa province, was ravaged by five separate floods. They were the worst for many years.

Da Nang to increase water rates to slow rising demand

The new prices will be based on consumption levels and also vary by region. Under the new pricing structure, the cost of tap water supplied by the Da Nang Water Supply Water Company (DAWACO) and Sai Gon-Da Nang Investment Joint Stock Company for a rural family using less than 10 cubic metres is to increase to VND2,950 (USmodule_ussslot1_2_1_2_1_data.14) per cubic metre, an increase of 34.1 per cent.

FDI disbursement in 2010 gets big increase

In the year, the newly registered capital reached US $18.5 billion, of which US$ 6.8 billion belongs to the leading real estate sector, followed by the processing and manufacturing industries with US $5 billion, the water production and supply and electricity distribution  with US $2.9 billion, according to  the report released by Foreign Investment Agency, under Ministry of Planning and Investment.

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