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Pilot programme reaps results in new rural areas

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:26 am




Pilot programme reaps results in new rural areas


QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

Many provinces and cities have built new rural areas, achieving significant results, including improved infrastructure, new farming production models and higher incomes.


In 2008 the Government chose 11 communes nationwide to participate in a national pilot programme to build new rural areas.


In HCM City ‘s Cu Chi district, the living standards of people in Tan Thong Hoi commune, which is one of 11 communes under the national pilot programme, have risen.


In addition, the poverty rate fell from 22 percent to 12.4 percent in June, according to the HCM City Statistics Bureau.


As of June, the commune had fulfilled 12 of the 19 criteria set under the programme, including those related to transport, irrigation, housing, poverty, and political and social security. It targets fulfilling the remaining criteria next year.


Over the past years, in many provinces and cities, local authorities and residents have built new rural areas by developing transport infrastructure and farming production models.


Hau Giang province, for example, built new rural areas in 2006-10.


At the end of August, the Hau Giang province People’s Committee recognised three communes, Vi Thanh in Vi Thuy district, Vinh Vien in Long My district and Tan Tien in Vi Thanh district, which have met 13 of 19 criteria set under the programme.


In Vi Thanh commune, the per capita annual income has reached nearly 15 million VND (780 USD), two times more than in 2006.


Providing junior high school education for all youth, as well as extended vaccinations for children, which are two of the criteria, have reached 100 percent in Vi Thanh commune.


Similarly, Bac Lieu province’s Phuoc Long district has built new rural areas, restructuring its farming production by diversifying plant cultivation and animal husbandry.


The district has mobilised all sectors to build infrastructure systems.


The capital for constructing public projects has been raised from the State and the community.


All roads in the district’s communes have been paved and the district’s per capita annual income has climbed to 15.5 million VND, up 2.5 times compared to 2005.


Still, investing in new farm production models has been the most difficult task in building new rural areas, according to the Central Steering Committee for the national programme of building new rural areas.


The committee has also asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and provincial steering committees to invest more money for the development of agricultural production models in rural areas.


Nguyen Phong Quang, deputy head of the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region, said: “Developing production, improving income and changing the labour structure in rural areas cannot be done in a short time and it needs to be implemented over the long term.”


Huynh Minh Doan, former secretary of the Dong Thap province’s Party Committee, said rural residents played a leading role in the process of building new rural areas.


“Besides the investment of the central and local governments, the task of building new rural areas at the commune level is based on the community,” Doan said.


“It is important to raise the solidarity and awareness of people in implementing the programme,” he added.


In August, the Government launched the national programme on building new rural areas in all communes nationwide for the 2010-20 period, with a target of reaching 50 percent of communes that will meet the 19 criteria by 2020.


It also targets transferring more agricultural labourers to other sectors to reduce the national farming workforce to 30 percent by 2020. It represented 51.9 percent of the workforce in 2009.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Hai Phong starts innovation partnership programme

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Thousand best wishes to Hanoi programme reviewed

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm




Thousand best wishes to Hanoi programme reviewed


QĐND – Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in Vietnam (HSBC) has reviewed its “Thousand best wishes to Hanoi” programme and granted 100 scholarships worth 500 million VND to a fund of Tuoi Tre newspaper.

The programme was launched on August 30 to collect a thousand best wishes to mark the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

A month after the launch, the programme had received thousands of best wishes nationwide. One thousand best wishes were selected to upload on website http://www.ngandieuuoc.com . Each wish shows the Vietnamese citizen’s desire for prosperity and development on the millennial birthday of the capital city.


Along with the programme, for each chosen wish, HSBC donated 500,000 VND to Tuoi Tre newspaper’s fund. A total of 500 million VND was granted to 100 disadvantaged students in Hanoi.


Source: VNA
 Photo: ngoisao.net


Source: QDND

German businesses join Green Office programme

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:29 pm




German businesses join Green Office programme


QĐND – Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

The German Business Association (GBA) in Vietnam, in coordination with World Wildlife Fund for Nature Vietnam (WWF Vietnam), on October 12th announced that they will encourage and support its member businesses to carry out the WWF Green Office programme.


Alexander Bischoff, Chairman of GBA Vietnam said the programme will help increase awareness of environmental protection and energy saving among its member firms.


The World Bank estimates that Vietnam may lose up to 5.5% of GDP due to environmental pollution and energy waste each year and the country also has to spend around US$780 million on community health care due to diseases related to environment pollution.


Launched in 1997 in Finland, the WWF Green Office programme has been assisting businesses and organisations in creating simple but practical changes on their working environment as well as employees’ working behaviour in order to minimise the impacts of climate change.


Source: thesaigontimes


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

Charity art programme to help AO victims

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm




Charity art programme to help AO victims


QĐND – Sunday, August 08, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The sixth “Justice and Heart” art programme was held in Hanoi on August 8 in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, and Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh.


Speaking at the event, co-sponsored by the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA), Vietnam Television, and Thang Long Cultural Joint Stock Company, Deputy PM Nhan expressed his sympathy for Agent Orange (AO) victims and thanked individuals and organisations for their generous donations to help AO victims continue their struggle for justice.


During the programme, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, VAVA Vice President, Nguyen Thi Hien, President of the Da Nang Association of Victims of Agent Orange, and two AO victims Tran Thi Hoan and Pham The Minh, told stories of their “journey for justice” in the US.


At the end of the programme, VAVA raised more than VND8 billion for its provincial chapters in Ha Tinh, Quang Nam, Hai Phong, Bac Giang, and Nghe An.


**On the same day, the “Action Month for AO Victims’ was launched by the Vietnam Red Cross in Ho Chi Minh City, raising more than VND30 billion for AO victims and disabled people living in poverty.


After the launch, 10,000 people took part in a charity walk for AO victims and disabled people, and 30 businesses in Ho Chi Minh City donated more than VND1 billion to the cause.


The Vietnam Red Cross and the Ho Chi Minh City Red Cross presented 100 wheelchairs and 150 scholarships to AO victims and disabled people in southeastern provinces.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

US$150 million for 9th Poverty Reduction programme

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm




US$150 million for 9th Poverty Reduction programme


QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

The Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV), Nguyen Van Giau, and the World Bank (WB)’s Acting Country Director, Alain Barbu, signed an agreement and deals concerning the 9th Poverty Reduction Support Credit programme (PRSC 9) for Vietnam, worth US$150 million, in Hanoi on July 29.


This credit level shows the WB’s commitment to continuing to assist Vietnam’s economic development and campaign to reduce poverty.


The PRSC 9 officially started in November, 2009 and is the fourth programme in the five-year plan (PRSC 6-10) to support Vietnam carrying out its Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP) for the 2006-2010 period.  


The programme focuses on business development, social integration, the management of natural resources and instituting a modern national administration.


The amount of credit for the PRSC 9 has been provided with a loan term of 35 years. So far, the total amount of credit the WB has authorised Vietnam through the PRSC has reached US$1.475 billion.


As scheduled, nine bilateral and multilateral sponsors will take part in the PRSC 9 programme in form of preferential loans or non-refundable assistance.


This support will be incorporated in the state budget and used to realise national targets, including alleviating hunger, reducing poverty and promoting economic growth.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Intel Corp. expands scholarship programme in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm




Intel Corp. expands scholarship programme in Vietnam


QĐND – Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

The Intel Corp. and the University of Portland have expanded their scholarship programme in Vietnam.


Specifically, California-based Intel Corp. will give an additional US $2.5 million to two-year scholarships for Vietnamese students.


After graduation, Vietnamese students will work for Intel’s biggest assembly plant in Ho Chi Minh City.


Apart from electricity and mechanics, Intel’s scholarship winners will attend courses in English, technology, and American culture.


As scheduled, The University of Portland held a party to welcome 22 Vietnamese students who had won grants from Intel Corp.


Mr. Rich Howarth, the Intel Products Vietnam’s CEO, confirmed that, by granting scholarships, the corporation wants to make its contributions to the Vietnamese education development as part of its development strategy.


In 2009, 28 Vietnamese students received Intel Corp.’s scholarships, worth US $2million.


Source: Vietnam+


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Youth Volunteer Programme launched in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm




Youth Volunteer Programme launched in Hanoi


QĐND – Sunday, June 27, 2010, 21:11 (GMT+7)

The launching ceremony for the youth summer volunteer programme 2010 was held at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi on June 26.


The campaign will focus on practical activities including working together to improve rural areas, cleaning up the environment and introducing young people to careers and professions.


Nearly 2,000 members of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union signed in a commitment to protect environment.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Da Nang launches tourism programme

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm




Da Nang launches tourism programme


QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

A tourism programme called Da Nang-Summer Destination 2010 opened at the Pham Van Dong beach in the central coastal city of Da Nang on June 19.


The programme features interesting cultural and sport events including balloon flying, dragon boat racing on the seas and a painting contest for children to promote the image of Da Nang with exciting sea and forest discoveries.


The highlight of the programme is the 2010 Tourism in the Central Region festival with a number of competitions for hotel staff from the cities along the central region including Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue as well as others in Laos and Cambodia.


Tourism operators in the province will offer new tours including scuba diving, fishing with local fishermen and exploring the natural beauty of Son Tra, Ba Na and Suoi Hoa. Other sea sport activities like canoeing, parasailing, surfing and swimming also promise a dynamic atmosphere for visitors to Da Nang in the summer.


According to the organising board, most of the hotels are fully booked during this time.


To attract visitors to the city this year and ensure sustainable development of the city’s tourism industry in the next years, Da Nang has launched a promotion programme aiming to welcome 350,000 foreign and 1.1 million domestic visitors. The programme includes a promotion campaign called Impressive Vietnam- Grand Sale 2010, and a tourism promotion with preferential offers for tourists in many hotels and restaurants. It also introduces new tourism services and organises various cultural, sport and tourism events.


This programme is part of the country’s tourism promotion programme Vietnam-Your Destination 2010 , that focuses on further promoting the potential of major tourism destinations like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Lat and the Mekong Deltal and penetrate international markets such as Thailand, Singapore, China and Japan.


The national programme runs training courses for tourist drivers, shop assistants and staff in hotels and restaurants across the country as well as conducting campaigns to make the cities and beaches clean and tidy.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

People’s life highlighted in new rural programme

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm




People’s life highlighted in new rural programme


QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:49 (GMT+7)

A party politburo member has said it is necessary to consider improving living conditions for people to be the nucleus of a new rural programme.


At a conference on the issue in Hanoi on June 18, Truong Tan Sang, who is also permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat, laid stress on the importance to collect public opinions for designing the scheme.


The senior party official also said the scheme should be drastically implemented to build modern and civilised rural areas which will see economic growth, living condition improvement and a modern socio-economic infrastructure.


Participants at the event said that the implementation of the scheme in 11 pilot communes has helped uncover existing shortcomings and boost the process of finalising legal documents for rural planning and construction.


According to the Ministry of Construction, investment in capital construction has amounted to more than 1 trillion VND of the total funding of over 1.7 trillion VND for the 11 communes.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND