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Mekong provinces propose anti-landslide measures

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

The rate of landslide movement is becoming very unpredictable and severe in the provinces upstream, and in the coastal areas in the Mekong Delta. This natural hazard is destroying houses, villages, farmland, highways and paths.


Chau Thanh District in Hau Giang province has recorded 23 land erosion areas since the beginning of the year. Natural disaster has swept away seven households, 20 barrages and six other households, had to be move to safer locations.

A landslide occurs in the Mekong delta province of Can Tho’s district Phong Dien in March, 2010, killing two residents (Photo: SGGP)

According to Tran Quang Hanh, head of the district Chau Thanh’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, one of causes of landslide, is that the rivers are flowing too strongly.

In addition, residents are taking sand from the riverbed and too many boats are using this vulnerable part of the river.


In the town of Hau Giang, in Tran Hung Dao and Le Loi streets, nearby the Cai Con River, many cracks on the river bank have appeared, threatening the lives of over 400 residents and 80 households.

Consequently, the local government has warned children and the elderly not to sleep in their houses.


The Hau Giang People’s Committee submitted a document to the central government, proposing that the government should provide funds for the construction of embankments. In addition, the province needs VND70 billion for the clearance and resettlement of households, affected by the landslides.


Meanwhile the Mekong delta provinces of Tra Vinh, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau are facing land erosion in coastal areas. Four months ago, a natural disaster destroyed five houses, one petroleum station and three foundations of houses, in the market of Vam Dam, which is in Ca Mau’s district Dam Doi.


A local resident said, “Because I sell crabs and shrimps at the market, I must live here. But when it rains or the tide moves in, I dare not sleep. In addition, my house has no door so that I can easily escape if a landslide occurs”.


At least around 2,000 squared meters of land, 17 houses and some breeding farms have collapsed into the river in the Ca Mau province, since the beginning of 2010.


Construction of embankments in the Ca Mau peninsula on the southern tip of Vietnam has failed to fight land erosion. The government has now decided to control the river current, by way of planting trees and obstructing the tidal flow of the river. Also, by not letting people construct sheltered accommodation, near to the riverbank.

Source: SGGP

Measures to attract more MICE tourists

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:31 am




Measures to attract more MICE tourists


QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Administration of Tourism has held a program to survey and improve the quality of MICE (Meeting-Incentive-Conference-Event) tours in Danang City, Quang Nam Province and Ho Chi Minh City.


According to international travel agencies, MICE has brought about a profit of 6 times bigger than a normal tourism sample. Vietnam is considered a great potential of MICE tourism compared to other ASEAN countries.


* According to the Vietnam Administration of Tourism, Vietnam will take part in the 30th ASEAN Tourism Forum from January 15th to 21st, 2011 in Phnom Penh.


With the theme “ASEAN – A world of wonders and diversity”, the ATF 2011 will be an important tourism event to improve tourism cooperation between ASEAN countries.


Source: HNM


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Tougher measures needed for power saving

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm




Tougher measures needed for power saving


QĐND – Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)


Developing electricity and controlling energy to sustain the national economy only focuses on supply resources without paying due attention to controlling electricity use, say energy experts.

According to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Hoang Quoc Vuong, Vietnam consumes approximately 80 billion kWh of electricity every year. In 2010, the country has saved 1 percent of the total electricity output (around 1 billion kWh). If electricity use is applied strictly and properly, savings of 3-5 percent can be made.


Disregard of power saving


Around 3,000 households across the country consume high levels of electricity almost 3 million kWh/year. However, Vietnamese businesses give no or little attention to saving power. 25 percent of businesses say that it is impossible to save electricity. Only one business says it will try its best to invest more to save power and reduce electricity by half in the future. These figures were released by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Asian Institute of Competition in the third quarter of this year.


The Energy Saving Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) says that State and government agencies have devised a 10 percent power saving plan, but efficiency is still low due to a lack of solutions and sanctions. In addition, a cut in the number of lights on roads in provinces and cities and management of light systems for advertising and other services have proved inefficient.


The Chief of the MoIT Energy Saving Office, Nguyen Dinh Hiep, says that industry and construction have a great potential for power saving but most small and medium-sized enterprises involved in these two sectors find it difficult to save electricity because they still use outdated technology, which consumes greatly energy and requires huge costs to replace. In addition, technological renovation is an uphill task that needs more time to be dealt with.


Power saving needs a stricter process from production, transmission to consumption.
The Deputy Director of the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), Dang Hoang An says that by late 2008, EVN reduced the loss of electrical energy to 9.24 percent (under double figures). To reach the goal of reducing electrical energy loss for the following years, a score of measures need to be taken, with a focus on technical management, business administration and an upgrade of electricity networks.


EVN aims to reduce energy losses to below 8 percent by 2012. This is a challenging plan, as the electricity sector is facing a lot of difficulties such limited investments and the improper upgrading of electricity networks.


Another issue of concern is that the economy uses a lot of energy but the efficiency is not high. Vietnam leads many regional countries in electricity consumption, so it is clear that power savings must be in line with a target for reducing electricity use, says An.


An quotes the WB’s survey that efforts to create GDP from 1kWh electricity plants in Vietnam are poor. If Vietnam does not pay attention to saving electricity and natural resources in the next few years the country will face pressure in supply and demand.


Exhausting primary energy


National energy security is closely connected with primary energy. Vietnam will have to import around 30 million tonnes of coal per year by 2020, 57 million in 2025 and 121 million tonnes in 2030. Meanwhile world’s two largest coal producers– Indonesia and Australia – export around 200-210 million tonnes each.


According to EVN, 2015 will be the first year Vietnam will start to import coal. The country will import 30 million tonnes of coal in 2020, equal to one sixth of Indonesia’s total export volume. On December 22, 2010, the Lai Chau hydroelectric power plant will be inaugurated with a capacity of 1,200MW and will be the last big capacity hydroelectric power plant to be built.


The problem is where will Vietnam will buy coal and how the price of electricity will be affected at that time?


He added that it is time to balance energy needs because the country will have to import primary energy in the next five years. Ensuring national energy security, including electricity can happen only when there are proper measures to control supply and demand.


Nguyen Tien Chinh, head of the Department of Scientific Technology and Development Strategy of the Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group says that the country should consider carefully how much coal we have, when building thermal electric power plants which use coal. The country does not have clear plans for power savings and pays not enough attention to controlling imported technologies and uses too much energy for cement and steel plants.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

China orders more inflation fighting measures

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:11 am

Strong measures taken to stabilize prices

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Monetary measures boost shares

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 3:23 am

Measures to improve rubber exports

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

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

PM spells out measures to stabilize prices in rest of 2010

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung October 11 ordered ministries, relevant agencies and people’s committees to adopt measures to stabilize prices and the market in the last months of the year.

Shoppers at Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City during Tet (Photo: SGGP)

He said the rest of the year might see difficulties in production funds, power supply, demand and supply as well as prices of essential goods. 
 
To ensure this year’s economic growth rate of 6.5 percent and consumer price index of 8 percent, measures to stabilize the macro-economy and boost production have to be implemented drastically, he added.
 
He said ministries of Industry and Trade, Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, and Construction have to complete and announce their plans for developing production and distribution systems of staple goods including petrol, fertilizer, construction steel, cement, food, and medicine in the fourth quarter at the latest.
 
The Ministry of Industry and Trade was ordered to check production capacity and supply system to formulate concrete plans to ensure sufficient supplies of essential goods and services for production and consumption until the first quarter of 2011 and especially during Tet (lunar New Year) 2011.
 
The Ministry of Finance was asked to order relevant agencies to control pricing factors, determine prices of essential goods, and keep prices of power and coal sold to producers of cement, fertilizer and paper stable.
 
PM Dung ordered the State Bank of Vietnam to introduce appropriate policies to enable commercial banks to withdraw money from circulation quickly, thus it will help reduce pressure of price hikes, especially in the end of the year when big money will be needed for payment of projects and bonuses.   
 
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was asked to steer food companies to supply sufficient foods, keep prices stable, and organize distribution systems in industrial parks, and residential and flood-hit areas.  

Source: SGGP

Measures put in place as pig disease becomes widespread

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm




Measures put in place as pig disease becomes widespread


QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

Localities are urgently tightening control of the transport and slaughtering of sick pigs in an effort to contain the blue-ear pig epidemic, which has spread to 21 provinces across the country.

The HCM City Municipal People’s Committee on August 13 urged key corporations and cattle processors to speed up the purchase, slaughtering and delivery of safe pork in the face of the spreading of the blue-ear pig disease.


It also asked the designated agencies to stockpile safe meat to ensure an adequate supply of pork products on the market after the epidemic wanes.


Farmers are running into difficulties with the purchase price of pigs having fallen dramatically to VND22,000/kg. Facing a big loss, they are not interested in investing in new pig herds, which could result in a serious shortage of safe meat on the market when the epidemic is contained.


The Municipal People’s Committee instructed its departments and districts to enhance the dissemination of information about the epidemic and preventative measures. It asked farmers, abattoirs and consumers not to hide outbreaks or purchase, sell and transport sick animals, or dispose of them in public places.


The committee also called for a tight control of transport and sales of animal products, especially pork, at street meet stalls, inter-provincial bus stations, wholesale markets and entrance gates to prevent products of unknown origin from penetrating the city.


Also on August 13, Long An province – a gateway to HCM City – declared the blue ear pig disease in Chau Thanh district. It warned the disease could spread rapidly to neighbouring communes and buffer zones, including Tan Chanh, Tan An, Phuoc Tuy, Nhut Ninh, Duc Tan, Anh Vinh Ngai and Binh Tam communes.


The provincial People’s Committee asked Chau Thanh district and Tan An city to establish taskforces to assist farmers in culling sick pigs.


The province banned the trading, slaughtering and transport of pigs and related products within the epidemic-affected areas. It has required the provincial Animal Health Department to quarantine outbreaks, disinfect farms, cull dead or sick pigs, and increase patrols at markets and gates to the province.


Local quarantine agencies have set up checkpoints along major arteries to the province, put up signposts at high-risks areas, and sterilized the means of transport coming into and going out of the affected localities.


Since the first case was detected in Tan Tan city on July 16, 2010, the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus has attacked 61 communes, with 5,500 pigs infected.


In Dong Nai province – another gateway to HCM City, the provincial Animal health Department announced on August 13 that the disease has spread to Bac Son and Song Trau communes in Trang Bom district bordering Vinh Tan commune in Vinh Cuu district where the first case of infection was confirmed on July 29.


Bac Son and Vinh Tan communes have culled more than 2,000 sick pigs, however, Vinh Tan now has about 3,000 pigs testing positive for the PRRS virus.


On a fact-finding tour the same day, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat asked the provincial Animal Health Department to separate healthy animals from sick ones, cull all infected pigs, disinfect farms and apply the commercial breeding model.


Dong Nai has the largest number of pigs in Vietnam, about 1.4 million.


In the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, blue-ear pig disease outbreaks have been confirmed in 36 communes of six districts and cities. Local animal health agencies have culled more than 1,300 sick pigs testing positive for the PRRS virus. Thousands of other pigs are under strict surveillance.


After declaring the epidemic on August 12, Khanh Hoa has established checkpoints along roads to Cam Ranh town and Khanh Son district where the disease has not yet been detected.


Across the country, the epidemic has spread to 21 provinces, namely: Nghe An, Cao Bang, Soc Trang, Tien Giang, Lao Cai, Long An, Binh Duong, Bac Lieu, Quang Nam, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Da Nang, Vinh Long, Khanh Hoa, Dak Lak, Hau Giang, Lam Dong, Tay Ninh, Ba Ria Vung Tau, An Giang and Dong Thap.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND