Private sector forum in Ha Noi

Ha Noi, Dec. 13 (VNA) -- "Enhancing the competitiveness of Viet Nam" is the main theme of a private sector forum organized by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank (WB) in Ha Noi today, Dec. 13.

Present at the forum, the third of its kind, were representatives of 29 local businesses, 27 foreign business associations, Government agencies, donor countries and international development organizations.

Vietnamese labor integrate with global market

Ha Noi, Dec. 13 (VNA) -- The Government will exempt entrepreneurs engaged in labour exports from value-added tax (VAT) from early next year, in a bid to stimulate Viet Nam's labour exports, a senior official from the Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Ministry said.

The Government has approved the ministry's proposal that the zero percent VAT level be applied to entrepreneurs who are allowed to dispatch Vietnamese workers abroad, director of the department for management of Vietnamese workers abroad Tran Van Hang told Lao Dong newspaper.

Ho Chi Minh city to build software training center

Dec. 13 (VNA) -- Ho Chi Minh City will build a centre for personnel training in software industry under a just-approved USD 3.5 million project.

Funding will come from India's soft loans worth USD 2.5 million and the remainder will be met by the city.

The project aims to improve knowledge on information technology for students and managers and supply human resources for the software industry in the city and other southern localities.

Construction of the centre will start in the third quarter of 2001.--VNA

ILO senior officials in Vietnam

Dec. 12 (VNA) -- Senior officials of the International Labour Organization, ILO, and Viet Nam's Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Ministry met in Ha Noi today, Dec. 12.

Their purpose was to review a three-year project, funded by ILO and Japan and implemented by the ministry, intended to raise management capacity and upgrade facilities at job promotion centres in Phu Tho, Hai Duong, Nghe An and Dong Nai provinces and Ho Chi Minh City.

The project was started in 1998.

Vietnam's cyberspace IT Park launched

Ha Noi, Dec. 12 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's first-ever online IT Park was launched Dec. 11 with the aim of creating a forum in cyberspace for Vietnamese to pool ideas on boosting participation in the global information economy.

The park is not designed as an entirely online service, as it offers a combination of real-world services with Internet technology. The USD 4 million park located at, is split into four major areas: Research and Development; Commerce and Services; Training; and Entertainment.

WFP helps Vietnam upgrade 300 km of sea dyke

Ha Noi, Dec. 8 (VNA) -- About 308 km of sea dyke in Hai Phong city and four northern provinces of Quang Ninh, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh and Ninh Binh have been upgraded under a project assisted by the World Food Programme (WFP).

Starting in January 1996, the project has completed between 76-89 percent of the workload, with 75.6 km of embankment being upgraded, 83 sewers built or repaired, 8.8 million cu.m. of earth removed, and 2,223 ha of trees planted, said reports delivered at a conference to review the project held in Ha Noi on Dec. 7.

VietsovPetro to pump 12.6 million tonnes of crude oil

Ha Noi, Dec. 8 (VNA) -- * VietsovPetro to Pump 12.6 Million Tonnes of Crude Oil

The Viet Nam-Russia Petroleum Joint Venture Enterprise (VietsovPetro) is expected to pump 12.6 million tonnes of crude oil and bring ashore 1.6 billion cubic metres of gas this year.

Up to early December, the enterprise tapped 11.575 million tonnes of crude oil and brought ashore over 1.447 billion cu.m. of gas. It pumped an average of 39,000 tonnes of oil and brought ashore 4.5 million cu.m. of gas a day.

Mining industry and national economic development in new century

Ha Noi, Dec, 9 (VNA) -- The mining industry plays an important role in the national economic development, especially in the early stage of national industrialization as it fuels other processing and energy industries as well as exports.

Lying in the Southeast Asian region, Viet Nam has abundant and diverse mineral resources, including oil and gas, coal, apatite, iron, tin, and mineral water.

Production and use of clean energy sources in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Dec. 8 (VNA) -- As well as other countries in the world, Viet Nam pays special attention to research, production and use of clean energy sources.

FAO provides Vietnam with technical asssistance for afforestation

Ha Noi, Dec. 7 (VNA) -- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will provide technical assistance to Viet Nam in the planting of five million hectares of forest.

An agreement for the help was signed in Ha Noi on Dec. 7 by permanent Deputy Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Nguyen Van Dang and FAO representative in Viet Nam Fecnanda Guerrieri.