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February 7

Released at: 15:35, 07/02/2018 PRESS WATCH

February 7

VET's round-up of news from Vietnamese media for February 7.

MoT to submit SOE restructuring plan to PM

The Ministry of Transport will submit plans to restructure five large corporations under its management to the Prime Minister for approval. The five are the Vietnam Railway Corporation (VRC), Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), the Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC), the Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC), and the Cuu Long Corporation for Investment Development and Project Management of Infrastructure (Cuu Long CIPM). With VRC, the ministry plans to merge the Saigon Railway Transport JSC and the Hanoi Railway Transport JSC into a single concern.

VIFA-EXPO 2018 on way in HCMC

The 11th Vietnam International Furniture and Home Accessories Fair (VIFA-EXPO 2018) will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from March 7 to 10, featuring a range of furniture and handicrafts made in Vietnam. The first fair in the fair chain for ASEAN, VIFA-EXPO 2018 will take place at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) and be jointly held by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Industry and Trade, the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City (HAWA), and the HAWA Corporation.

Target program on IT approved

The Prime Minister has recently approved the Target Program on Information Technology (IT) for the period of 2016-2020, which seeks to boost the application of IT in State agencies’ operations, build and e-government, and provide online public services from the central to local levels. The program also aims to ensure national information safety and electronic authentication, while developing the IT industry via the development of key IT zones and products.

Hue picks up gong

The former imperial capital of Hue has been recognized as an ASEAN Clean Tourist City, while the Pilgrimage Village Resort has been named as an ASEAN Green Hotel. The titles were bestowed at the ASEAN Travel Forum 2018 in Bangkok and are valid from 2018 to 2020.

MoT to improve aviation

The Ministry of Transport plans to spend VND350.5 trillion ($15.4 billion) on developing the country’s aviation industry from now to 2030. The move is aimed at securing a place among the top four leading countries in air traffic in ASEAN. The proposal is part of the ministry’s revised draft on aviation transportation development, which was recently sent to the government for approval.

Longans may head to Australia

Vietnamese longans may be exported to Australia in 2019, according to a delegation from Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The delegation recently worked with the Department of Crop Production at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to examine the longan farming, processing, and packaging process in northern Hung Yen province and the Mekong Delta’s Ben Tre province.

Environmental impact assessment for Hau Giang power plant approved

The approval of an environmental impact assessment paves the way for the next steps of a 2-GW power plant in the Mekong Delta. Malaysia’s Toyo Ink Group Bhd has announced the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has approved its environmental impact assessment (EIA) report for the Song Hau 2 thermal power plant project in Hau Giang province. The approved report is “a basis for consideration and decision-making from authorized organizations to proceed to the next step of the project.”

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