What The Papers Say Jun - Jul 2018

(No.3, Vol.8,Jun-Jul Vietnam Heritage Magazine)

HCMC to curb use of plastic bags
Tuoi Tre News, 22 May
HCMC People’s Committee has recently tasked the Department of Education and Training, in coordination with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, with raising awareness of the harmful effects of plastic waste among students.
Meanwhile, the Department of Industry and Trade will be in charge of cooperating with the environmental department and district-level administrations to encourage local residents and businesses to reduce their use of plastic bags.
Markets and supermarkets across the southern metropolis will be asked to stop providing consumers with the type of bag, which takes a long time to decompose, and replace it with eco-friendly alternatives.
The municipal administration also requested local tax agencies to make sure that businesses pay their environmental taxes when using plastic bags, and to impose commensurate penalties upon violators.

Islanders face limited fresh water in early dry season
Viet Nam News, 22May
Half of the farming area on Ly Son Island, 30km off the coast of Quang Ngai Province, has been salinised in the early dry season this year, reducing coverage of the key crop purple onion from 170ha to 50ha.
Local authorities said residents and tourists had to use salinised water, adding that they have called for saving daily fresh water among 22,000 residents and tourists, while dredging wells to seek deeper water.
They also said the island’s water reservoir with capacity of 300,000cu.m is reserved for farming only and the worst possible droughts.
About 73 per cent of Ly Son islanders make their living from garlic and spring onion crops and fishing.

Three major airports need $5b for upgrades
Viet Nam News, 23 May
More than VND116 trillion $5 billion) is needed to build Long Thanh airport and upgrade Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat airports for the 2018-21 period. The number of passengers coming through 22 airports nationwide managed and operated by Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) is expected to grow 10 per cent each year between 2018 and 2021 and is estimated to reach about 137 million by 2021. Annual passenger growth rate between 2022 and 2025 is estimated to average 7 per cent, hitting 185 million by 2025.
Based on these numbers, ACV estimated investment on the three key airports.
The total estimated investment for the upgrade is nearly VNĐ11.2 trillion ($487 million).

Experts call for more iodised salt in Viet Nam
Viet Nam News, 30 May
Experts have called on the Government of Viet Nam to make salt iodisation mandatory once again or at least promote the production and use of iodised salt in food processing and breeding. This is urgent as the country is one of just 19 iodine-deficient countries in the world, according to the Iodine Global Network, a non-profit organisation for the sustainable elimination of iodine deficiency worldwide.
According to UNICEF, iodine deficiency will cause miscarriages, goitre and brain damage in the fetus during pregnancy. The recommended dietary allowance of iodine is 90-120mcg/day for children aged 1 to 11 years old and 150mcg/day for adults and adolescents.
Besides iodised salt, people can take iodine from sea fish, seaweed, amaranth, watercress or algal.

Domestic violence in Lao Cai reduces significantly
Viet Nam News, 31 May
Domestic violence in the northern mountainous Lao Cai Province was reduced by half in 2017 compared to the previous year, thanks to the initiative of domestic violence prevention clubs.
The entire province witnessed a reduction of domestic violence cases from 277 in 2009 to 77 in 2017, he said.
A total of 135 domestic violence prevention clubs were established with 854 members, who are equipped with essential skills to fight against, detect and prevent domestic violence in their neighbourhood.
In 2017, a new model of domestic violence prevention clubs was developed to uphold the values of gender equality among residents as well as providing legal and health services to victims of domestic violence.
From 2009 to date, 1,400 cases of domestic violence have been reported in Lao Cai Province.

Viet Nam records $3.39 billion trade surplus
Viet Nam News, 2 June
Viet Nam had a trade surplus of US$3.39 billion in the first five months of 2018, reported the General Statistics Office.
The foreign direct investment sector, including fuel, took the lead with a surplus of $13.78 billion.
The country’s export turnover increased by 15.8 per cent year-on-year to $93.09 billion in the first five months, of which the domestic-invested sector reached $26.43 billion, up by 17 per cent, while the FDI sector (including fuel) earned $66.66 billion, rising by 15 per cent and occupying 71.6 per cent of the country’s total exports.
Major export products posting encouraging earnings included electronics and computers worth $10.9 billion, up by 14.2 per cent; mobile phones and components, which were valued at $19.5 billion, up by 19.8 per cent; and machinery, equipment and parts amounting to $6.4 billion, up by 29.7 per cent.
China remained the largest import market for Viet Nam, with a turnover of $24.2 billion, increasing by nine per cent year-on-year. It was followed by the Republic of Korea with $18.7 billion (up by 1.1 per cent) and ASEAN with $12.5 billion (up by 11.1 per cent).


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