Measures to restore agricultural production in Mecong delta

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on October 13 organised a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City to discuss measures to restore agricultural production after floods in the Mekong delta provinces.

Representatives of the Ministry of Planning and Investment; the Finance Ministry; the Government Office; relevant agencies, institutes, companies and the Departments of Agriculture and Rural development of flood hit provinces in the Mekong delta participated in the meeting.

Communication coooperation among ASEAN members

The VIth conference of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information (AMRI-VI) was held in Hanoi from October 9-13, issued the statement on communication cooperation:

"ASEAN Satellite Channel

MFA Spokesperson on Middle East violence

Ha Noi, Oct. 13 (VNA) -- The spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry reaffirmed Viet Nam's support for the Palestinian people's just struggle for an independent State of Palestine and a peaceful solution to the Palestine question.

In response to a question raised by an AFP correspondent about the increasing violence in the Middle East, the spokesperson said:

"Viet Nam was deeply worried about the escalation of violence in the Middle East.

Vietnam hosts ASEAN Senior Official Meeting

Ha Noi, Oct. 13 (VNA) -- Viet Nam hosted the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (ASEAN-SOM) at deputy-ministerial level in Ha Noi on Oct. 12 and 13, the first meeting in its capacity as President of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Standing Committee. The meeting was chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Tam Chien.

The meeting discussed measures to implement agreements reached at the 33rd Meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers in Bangkok in July 2000 and the annual meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers in New York in September this year.

Trans-Asia Railway will run through Vietnam

Ha Noi, Oct. 14 (VNA) -- ASEAN transport ministers have given the green light to a USD 2.5 billion rail link running through Viet Nam and Cambodia. The rail link, the Trans-Asia Railway Project, will link seven ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries with China.

Vietnam-EU to increase garment export quota

Oct. 13 (VNA) -- Viet Nam and the European Union (EU) signed an agreement on Oct. 10 at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, allowing an average increase of 26 percent on Viet Nam's garment exports quota to EU markets.

Signatories were Vietnamese Trade Minister Vu Khoan and EU Commissioner in charge of trade Pascal Lamy, who also signed a memorandum of understanding on fraud prevention in the footwear industry.

ASEAN-China working group on code of conduct meets in Hanoi

Ha Noi, Oct. 12 (VNA) -- The third meeting of the ASEAN-China Working Group on a Code of Conduct for the East Sea was held in Ha Noi on Oct. 11 under the co-chairmanship of Viet Nam and China.

Participants in the meeting continued exchanging views on a number of issues relating to the draft Code of Conduct (COC) and obtained some initial results. They agreed to make further efforts to perfect the COC for early approval.

UN assesses flood situation in Mekong Delta area

A United Nations Disaster Assessment and Co-ordination (UNDAC) team held a press conference in Hanoi on October 10 to announce briefly the team's assessment on the flood situation in the Mekong delta.

Increase of Textile an Garment exports - Open office in New York

Ha Noi, Oct.11 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's textile and garment exports in the first nine months of this year rose 4.97 percent year-on-year to USD 1,372 million.

The national Viet Nam Textile and Garment Corporation contributed USD 365 million, 17.3 percent more than the previous corresponding period.

Construction of Vietnam's biggest sofware center is underway

Construction Quang Trung Software Park, the biggest centre for software production and services in southern Vietnam, started on October 5 in Ho Chi Minh City.

For the first phase of the project, to finish by the end of 2001, Ho Chi Minh City has invested VND 190 billion (US $13.6 million) in upgrading seven buildings in the former Quang Trung Fair and Exhibition Centre and the transport system around and in the park and in building electricity, drainage and waste treatment systems.