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HCMC launches first vendor street

Released at: 15:05, 29/08/2017

HCMC launches first vendor street

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Dedicated spaces for the sale of food and drinks found in District 1.

by Ngoc Lan

The first two vendor streets in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, were officially approved by the city’s People’s Committee on August 28, on Nguyen Van Chiem Street and Bach Tung Diep Park.

The two streets will open daily from 6am to 9am and 11am to 1pm. Some 35 business households are permitted to register as either food or drink vendors, not both, in order to ensure fair competition.

The household businesses are also limited to operating for one shift a day and are responsible for cleaning their stall after the shift ends. Portable hand washing stations will be provided.

The vendor street on the sidewalk of Nguyen Van Chiem Street will be 40 meters long and house 20 business households, while Bach Tung Diep Park is 30 meters long and will have 15 business households.

Business households are also supported with compact facilities that meet requirements in aesthetics and security. They will also receive name tags and uniforms and be subject to regular medical checkups. Raw materials must meet origin and food safety and hygiene standards.

Basic preparations for the opening of the street have been completed by participating businesses, including the acquisition of name tags, uniforms, aprons, gloves, plastics bowls, and glasses.

The two vendor streets are part of a pilot project to design food and beverage zones. The pilot is expected to open up legal destinations for street vendors, and if successful will be expanded elsewhere.

Representatives from the District 1 People’s Committee said that in the first two months the district will offer prepaid coupons, similar to food tickets, to encourage those in the area to support the vendors.

The district will also lobby sponsors, including companies that have offices nearby the pilot site, to buy tickets for their employees and introduce local residents to the street.

Setting up specialized areas for street food is based on the Singapore example, which cleared its streets of vendors and moved them to dozens of food centers.

Authorities in Thanh Xuan district in Hanoi, meanwhile, are encouraging street vendors to move to the local market, where they can take up space for free for three months.

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