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PM Dung: effective social campaigns should be expanded

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm




PM Dung: effective social campaigns should be expanded


QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

The two campaigns are politically and humanely significant and uphold the traditional mutual affection among Vietnamese people, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.


PM Dung made the statement at a conference to review the 15-year and 10- year status of “All people build a cultural life in residential areas” and “Day for the Poor” campaigns opening in Hanoi on October 18.


Speaking at the conference, also attended by Ha Thi Khiet, member of the Party secretariat, Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, Huynh Dam, said the “Day for the Poor” campaign has become a regular event of the VFF at all levels, with a variety of activities to help poor people all over the country.


In the meanwhile, the “All people build a cultural life in residential areas” has encouraged people to unite, uphold the democratic spirit, live and work in accordance with the Constitutions and Law, and prevent social evils since its beginning 15 years ago.


It has also greatly contributed to alleviating hunger and reducing poverty and achieving socio-economic development. Thanks to the campaign, the number of poor people nationwide decreased from 30 percent in 1999 to the current 10 percent.


As part of the campaign, a gratitude fund has mobilised as much as VND2 billion, helping to build 300,000 houses and repair 140,000 others and granting 700,000 savings books worth VND400 billion to families of social policies.


PM Dung highlighted the significance of the two campaigns, saying that they have brought into full play the country’s traditional mutual affection and raised the status of the VFF.


The two campaigns have encouraged all people to contribute to the social, cultural, and economic development and helped to solve problems in residential areas nationwide, he said, adding that they have created potential for each person, each residential area and the entire country.


The government leader requested Party committees, ministries, and relevant agencies to work closely with the VFF to improve the effectiveness of the campaigns and expand the models.


He also asked people’s committees at all levels to establish a mechanism to coorporate with the VFF to continue carrying out the campaigns effectively, considering them part of the cooperation between the people’s committees and the VFF.


Mr. Dung urged the VFF to innovate the approach of the campaigns and set up a steering committee to ensure its effectiveness. He asked the VFF to build criteria for the “cultural family” and “cultural residential area” titles and hold an annual “Great National Unity” festival on November 18.


Party committees should attach greater importance to creating favourable conditions for the VFF to implement the campaigns, considering it part of their political task, the PM said.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Evacuation measures only partially effective for annually flooded central region

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm

A host of central residents relocated to resettlement areas have lamented that the policy has left them in less than ideal circumstances, as they now lack land for agricultural production.

Hundreds of families who live close to the sea wait to be resettled in Quy Nhon town, Binh Dinh Province (Photo: SGGP)

In the historic flood of 1999, which severely devastated the central region, the Vu Gia riverside village Phuong Trung was eliminated in Dai Quang Commune, Dai Loc District, Quang Nam Province. The village residents had nothing left as their houses together with other properties were swept into the sea.


Local authorities then decided to build a new village on a hill, 3 kilometers from the old village, to evacuate residents without any plan for farming production. Over the past ten years, people there have lived a difficult life.


Le Thi Kim, 62-year-old woman said that she is single but has to bring up her brother’s two orphaned children and her 86-year-old mother. Everyday, she leaves the village early in the morning to seek any work, including doing housework and taking care of other children in order to buy food.

“I am old now and just wish to have a garden to cultivate rice and vegetables,” she said.


Another village inhabitant named Pham Van Vinh said that he could not raise pigs or chicken as they all die due to the sweltering weather. He said his family earned VND30 million from breeding and selling groceries each year when they lived in the old village.


Also after the 1999 flood, 18 households in Ha Lac Village, Quang Loi Commune, Quang Dien District, Thua Thien-Hue Province were evacuated to a resettlement area. After over 10 years, they continue to experience a rough existence without electricity, paved roads, fresh water or schools. As a result, 14 of the 18 households have left their resettlement homes to return the old village or have traveled to other provinces and cities to earn livelihoods.


Hundreds of resettlement areas have been built in Thua Thien-Hue since 2005, in response to floods and storms. However, several residents have left the new houses to return to their old homes. As a result, the number of people that must evacuate when floods and storms occur still tops 80,000 in the province each year.


Resettlement


Hundreds of tottery houses are found dangerously close to waves that crash along the beaches in Hoai Nhon, Phu My and Phu Cat districts and Quy Nhon town of Binh Dinh Province.


One year after his house was swallowed by ocean tides, Vo Ngoc Van’s family, in Nhon Ly Commune of Quy Nhon town, is still awaiting resettlement.


Van’s house fell into the sea due to heavy rains caused by a tropical low-pressure system that swept through the area in May of 2009. His family has had to live with relatives. He said that local authorities have promised to arrange resettlement for his family, but one year has gone by and they have done nothing.


Most households said they agreed to evacuate from landslide prone areas to new resettlement areas, according to Pham Dung, who resettled at An My Commune in Phu My District. However, life remains difficult for them; to build a new house costs tens of millions, while the State only assists each family with VND10 million (US$526).


Binh Dinh People’s Committee has arranged resettlement for nearly 2,300 households in the province. However, they reported difficulties implementing this plan, due to a lack of capital.


Effective solution


The first flood-prevention houses in the central region were built in Ngu Hanh Son District of Danang City. Each two-story home was built solidly on 300 square meters and include a bathroom, reading room, kitchen and container that can hold 1,000 liters of fresh water.

A flood-prevention house in Ngu Hanh Son District, Danang City (Photo: SGGP)

Last year, when local people rushed to these houses to avoid floods, rescuers easily delivered rice and instant noodles to each house using motorboats.


The Central Natural Disasters Relief Fund has sponsored construction of 21 works to prevent natural disasters in low-lying areas in 10 central provinces and cities, said the fund director Nguyen Dang Lam.


The houses are used not only for avoiding floods, but also for other activities including musical performances, medical checks and treatment and teaching.


The fund will continue financing the building of another 30 works, including 15 flood-prevention houses in the region this year, Lam revealed.


On the other hand, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai from Quang Binh Province said that the State should provide residents with loans to rebuild or reinforce their houses, which would ease the local authorities’ pressure to evacuate residents during storm and flood seasons.

Source: SGGP

Evacuation measures only partially effective for annually flooded central region

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

A host of central residents relocated to resettlement areas have lamented that the policy has left them in less than ideal circumstances, as they now lack land for agricultural production.

Hundreds of families who live close to the sea wait to be resettled in Quy Nhon town, Binh Dinh Province (Photo: SGGP)

In the historic flood of 1999, which severely devastated the central region, the Vu Gia riverside village Phuong Trung was eliminated in Dai Quang Commune, Dai Loc District, Quang Nam Province. The village residents had nothing left as their houses together with other properties were swept into the sea.


Local authorities then decided to build a new village on a hill, 3 kilometers from the old village, to evacuate residents without any plan for farming production. Over the past ten years, people there have lived a difficult life.


Le Thi Kim, 62-year-old woman said that she is single but has to bring up her brother’s two orphaned children and her 86-year-old mother. Everyday, she leaves the village early in the morning to seek any work, including doing housework and taking care of other children in order to buy food.

“I am old now and just wish to have a garden to cultivate rice and vegetables,” she said.


Another village inhabitant named Pham Van Vinh said that he could not raise pigs or chicken as they all die due to the sweltering weather. He said his family earned VND30 million from breeding and selling groceries each year when they lived in the old village.


Also after the 1999 flood, 18 households in Ha Lac Village, Quang Loi Commune, Quang Dien District, Thua Thien-Hue Province were evacuated to a resettlement area. After over 10 years, they continue to experience a rough existence without electricity, paved roads, fresh water or schools. As a result, 14 of the 18 households have left their resettlement homes to return the old village or have traveled to other provinces and cities to earn livelihoods.


Hundreds of resettlement areas have been built in Thua Thien-Hue since 2005, in response to floods and storms. However, several residents have left the new houses to return to their old homes. As a result, the number of people that must evacuate when floods and storms occur still tops 80,000 in the province each year.


Resettlement


Hundreds of tottery houses are found dangerously close to waves that crash along the beaches in Hoai Nhon, Phu My and Phu Cat districts and Quy Nhon town of Binh Dinh Province.


One year after his house was swallowed by ocean tides, Vo Ngoc Van’s family, in Nhon Ly Commune of Quy Nhon town, is still awaiting resettlement.


Van’s house fell into the sea due to heavy rains caused by a tropical low-pressure system that swept through the area in May of 2009. His family has had to live with relatives. He said that local authorities have promised to arrange resettlement for his family, but one year has gone by and they have done nothing.


Most households said they agreed to evacuate from landslide prone areas to new resettlement areas, according to Pham Dung, who resettled at An My Commune in Phu My District. However, life remains difficult for them; to build a new house costs tens of millions, while the State only assists each family with VND10 million (US$526).


Binh Dinh People’s Committee has arranged resettlement for nearly 2,300 households in the province. However, they reported difficulties implementing this plan, due to a lack of capital.


Effective solution


The first flood-prevention houses in the central region were built in Ngu Hanh Son District of Danang City. Each two-story home was built solidly on 300 square meters and include a bathroom, reading room, kitchen and container that can hold 1,000 liters of fresh water.

A flood-prevention house in Ngu Hanh Son District, Danang City (Photo: SGGP)

Last year, when local people rushed to these houses to avoid floods, rescuers easily delivered rice and instant noodles to each house using motorboats.


The Central Natural Disasters Relief Fund has sponsored construction of 21 works to prevent natural disasters in low-lying areas in 10 central provinces and cities, said the fund director Nguyen Dang Lam.


The houses are used not only for avoiding floods, but also for other activities including musical performances, medical checks and treatment and teaching.


The fund will continue financing the building of another 30 works, including 15 flood-prevention houses in the region this year, Lam revealed.


On the other hand, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai from Quang Binh Province said that the State should provide residents with loans to rebuild or reinforce their houses, which would ease the local authorities’ pressure to evacuate residents during storm and flood seasons.

Source: SGGP

Five in one vaccine safe, effective: health expert

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 9:14 am

Dr. Nguyen Thi Minh Phuong from the Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute said the five in one vaccine which will be free given to babies under one year old in the National Expanded Program on Immunization next June is safe as public concern raised about the new supported by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Partners Forum.

The new vaccine has a fewer shoots so it will reduce accidents after innoculation

Vietnam has tested reaction after being inoculation of five in one vaccine, valuing it is safe with the low rate of reaction, said Dr. Phuong, adding that the vaccine is manufactured by Berna Biotech Korea Corp and administered in forty nations.


Around 1.5 million dozes of the five in one vaccine against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis B and Hib have been imported into Vietnam. The advantage of the new vaccine is that it has a fewer shoots so it will reduce accidents after inoculation.


Moreover, it can prevent bacterial meningitis known as Haemophilus influenzae type b (“Hib” for short) and pneumonia.


Dr. Phuong also advised parents to delay vaccination when babies are suffering fever or chronic diseases as well as keep staying at hospitals for half an hour after inoculation to examine child’s health. A vaccine is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. Kids will have fever, redness or swelling or soreness or tenderness where the shot was given; mothers should breast-feed more than usual or more water and make fever compress to reduce body temperature.

Related article:
Five in one vaccine to be injected free for infants

Source: SGGP

PM asks for more effective prevention of drought

In Politics-Society on March 3, 2010 at 3:36 am




PM asks for more effective prevention of drought


QĐND – Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on March 1 urged relevant ministries and agencies to implement more effective prevention and combat measures against the high risks of drought and forest fires.


According to Dung’s urgings, chairmen of provincial People’s Committees will be responsible for providing more preventive methods to deal with the effects of drought and guiding the relevant agencies in their localities to set up operation plans for irrigation
systems and saving water.


Based on the specific situations in each locality, leaders will need to make suitable adjustments to crops to ensure the highest possible productivity. They must also ensure enough water is available for domestic use and animal farming.


Dung also said that cities and provinces in the Hong (Red) River Delta must make efficient use of water discharged from reservoirs.


Central provinces must implement preventive methods to curb the effects of drought and diseases on crops, and localities in the Mekong Delta must strictly observe their local situations and apply suitable technical irrigation and cultivation methods to minimise
negative effects on crops.


Dung asked the leaders of Mekong Delta provinces to guide their farmers to limit cultivation of Spring-Summer crops in areas where there is a shortage of water.


According to the order, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is responsible for keeping track of weather developments in order to guide water discharge from reservoirs and making other water resource management decisions from lakes and
irrigation systems.


Dung asked local People’s Committees, other relevant ministries and agencies to take responsibility for developing urgent fire prevention and combat measures, adding that local leaders would be responsible for any forest fires in their localities.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Effective policies needed to attract Vietnamese expatriates: Conference

In Vietnam Society on November 23, 2009 at 10:18 am

Vietnamese expatriates have great knowledge and intellectual skills to offer the country but the Vietnamese Government has yet to adopt polices to effectively exploit them, delegates said November 22 at the ongoing Overseas Vietnamese Conference in Hanoi.








President Nguyen Minh Triet (middle) poses with Viet kieu at the first Overseas Vietnamese Conference being held in Hanoi from November 21 to 23

They called for setting up a mechanism to attract the economic and mental resources the expatriates have to offer and an organization to provide information and support to overseas Vietnamese coming to the country to work.
 
Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Le Dinh Tien admitted that existing policies are not attractive enough.
 
His ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have recently submitted to the Prime Minister a plan to attract and encourage overseas Vietnamese experts and intellectuals, he said.
 
The plan spells out measures and policies to attract experts and encourage overseas Vietnamese to invest in activities involving transfer and application of technologies and teach Vietnamese language and culture to young Vietnamese expatriates, he said.
 
A database on Vietnamese expatriates living around the world would also be set up, Mr. Tien said.
 
Two programs with a focus on preferential treatments, salaries, and employment terms for Viet kieu (overseas Vietnamese) would be piloted and an annual forum would be held with overseas Vietnamese intellectuals to advise the Government on policies, he added.
 
Nguyen Canh Son, vice chairman of the Overseas Vietnamese Business Association, said the cumulative income of overseas Vietnamese is US$50-60 billion, and they have invested $2 billion in the country.
 
The association would help local and overseas Vietnamese entrepreneurs meet, exchange business information, and collaborate, he added.
 
Pham Van Thanh, chairman of the Association of Overseas Vietnamese Entrepreneurs in Canada, said there may not be many overseas Vietnamese millionaires but there are many with assets worth $500,00 to $1 million who want to buy houses or run small businesses in Vietnam.
 
Many Viet kieu want to return home to live but hesitate because the Government does not have concrete policies to encourage them to return, he said.
 
Besides, the country’s investment environment remains risky and complex due to the myriad administrative procedures, he said.
 
To encourage them to invest in the country, he said, the Government should ensure they can repatriate their money if they do not want to stay any longer, he added.
 
Some delegates said the Government should ensure policies that are announced — like creating favourable conditions for Viet kieu to buy houses, scrapping superfluous procedures, and implementing a “single door” policy — are scrupulously implemented.


Related article:
First overseas Vietnamese conference to unite whole nation


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VN-made bird-flu vaccine effective

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm

HA NOI — The first human group test of the locally-produced H5N1 influenza vaccine, Fluvax, was successful, with thirty students inoculated at the Military Medical Institute (MMI).


The initial period of this first large-scale trial was completed in three months, and volunteers exhibited no side effects.


Viet Nam has produced a safe vaccine, according to Colonel Doan Huy Hau, the head of the Epidemiology Department of MMI.


Blood samples of volunteers were collected over time for testing, and results showed effective immunisation against the H5N1 avian influenza virus, said Hau.


Thirty students of the Military Medical Institute (MMI) voluntarily received their first shots of the locally-produced H5N1 influenza vaccine on April 19 and the second shots 28 days later.


The Fluvax vaccine was produced by Vaccine and Bio-technology Products Company No 1 (VABIOTECH) of the National Hygiene and Epidemiology Institute. The vaccine was developed by VABIOTECH starting in mid-2004 and was produced from monkey kidney cells, the latest biotechnology applied in Viet Nam.


If the final steps of the test are successful, the avian influenza H5N1 vaccine will be produced en masse in 2009 at around US$2 per dose. —

Public-private partnership: effective model to attract capital

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2008 at 4:54 pm

The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is actively coordinating with relevant agencies in building a mechanism for public-private partnership (PPP), an effective model to develop infrastructure in the context that the Government is cutting investment to curb inflation.

With ground, tax and capital incentives, the MPI hopes the model will fully tap the private sector’s construction capability and financial potential.

The model, though widely applied to large-scaled projects worldwide, is implemented only under a number of build-operate-transfer(BOT) projects in Vietnam where most feasible infrastructure projects are funded by the State and executed by State-owned businesses.
So far, the model has been applied to only 18 BOT contracts with 15 percent of capital invested in infrastructure.

According to Kamran Khan, senior infrastructure finance specialist of the World Bank, Vietnam will face great challenges due to its heavy dependency on ODA, which represented almost 37 percent of the country’s investment in infrastructure in 2007. This is attributed to the reduction of preferential loans and aid in the coming years.

The MPI is selecting projects for experimental application of the PPP model. Deputy Director of the MPI’s Infrastructure and Urban Department Tong Quoc Dat said PPP would be applied to traffic infrastructure development projects, especially road traffic projects.

The Quang Ninh-Hai Phong road project capitalised at around 1 billion USD is expected to be selected for pilot implementation. The result of the project will serve as a basis for finalisation of the PPP mechanism, Dat said.

Mobilising private capital is important for further growth, according to Kamran Khan. He suggested that the Vietnamese Government formulate sound mechanism and policies to attract this capital source.-