Health check-up for Agent Orange victims




Ha Noi, Jan. 8 (VNA) -- The Public Health Ministry has issued a document for the making of dossiers for victims of Agent Orange sprayed by the U.S. during the Viet Nam war.

The document makes the Labour, War Invalids and Social Welfare services of cities, provinces and branches responsible for completing files of those affected by toxic chemicals, especially Agent Orange, sprayed by the U.S. during their war in Viet Nam.

ADB helps Vietnam to rehabilitate disaster damaged infrastructure



Ha Noi, Jan. 8 (VNA) -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved aid worth USD 58.5 million to help Viet Nam rehabilitate their disaster-damaged infrastructure in the Mekong delta and the northern central region.

The amount is part of a USD 73.5 million project for restoring schools, medical stations, roads and bridges in the regions. The Vietnamese Government will supply the remainder.

Fisheries sector in Vietnam


Ha Noi, Jan. 5 (VNA) -- The fisheries sector plans to earn USD 1.6 billion from exports in 2001.

The Fisheries Ministry held a conference in Ha Noi on Jan. 5 to review the implementation of its target set for the year 2000 and discuss measures to conduct its socio-economic development plan in 2001.

Participants in the conference pointed to the outstanding issues in 2000, including low efficiency of offshore fishing, credit payment, marketing, processing and services, and discussed measures to obtain the target set for 2001.

Tourists visit Da Nang city in 2000



Jan. 5 (VNA) -- The central city of Da Nang welcomed more than 393,700 tourists in 2000, a year-on-year increase of 29 percent.

Of these 185,230 were international tourists, mostly from China, France and the U.S., an 87-percent increase.

Da Nang City Tourism-Service turnover for the year was VND 255.63 billion (USD 18 million), almost 36.5 percent higher than the previous year.

FM on treaties of demarcation of Tokin Gulf and Fishery in TG

ANSWERS BY MOFA'S SPOKESWOMAN PHAN THUY THANH
TO CORRESPONDENTS ON 4 JANUARY, 2001

Radio Voice of Vietnam: Please provide your assessment on the Treaties on the Demarcation of the Tonkin Gulf and Fishery Cooperation in the Tonkin Gulf which were signed in Beijing during State President Tran Duc Luong's official friendship visit to China?

Answer:

Tea production in Vietnam

TEA CORPORATION MAINTAINS HIGH GROWTH RATE


Ha Noi, Jan. 4 (VNA) -- The Viet Nam Tea Corporation maintained a high growth rate in 2000 with a total output of more than 75,000 tonnes of tea, including 26,000 tonnes for export.

The corporation in 2000 obtained an import-export turnover of USD 36 million and a profit increase of 11.3 percent. Tea production joint ventures turned out 6,570 tonnes for export with a profit expectedly reaching more than USD 620,000.

Criminal offences drop but become more serious in HCM city



Jan. 4 (VNA) -- Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City police investigated more than 9,000 criminal offences last year, which left 104 people dead and 572 injured, and caused property losses totalling VND 95.5 billion.

The yearly metropolitan police figures show an overall fall of 17.7 percent in crime, 20 percent in casualty toll and 19 percent in property losses as compared to 1999.

But, despite the drop, police say, offences were more serious and there are indications that criminal gangs have penetrated law-enforcement agencies.

Rubbers exports increase in 2000




Ha Noi, Jan. 3 (VNA) -- Viet Nam exported about 280,000 tonnes of latex worth USD 170 million last year - a rise of almost 16 percent over 1999.

The higher exports signal the industry's emergence from the 1999 crisis in rubber prices. The year 2000 also saw Viet Nam's latex exports to China meet quotas totalling 10,000 tonnes.

5,443 businesses were established in Ho Chi Minh city in 2000



Ha Noi, Jan. 3 (VNA) -- A total of 5,443 businesses with a combined capital of VND 6,500 billion (USD 464 million) were established in Ho Chi Minh City in 2000, the first year after the Enterprise Law took effect.

The figures showed year-on-year increases of 130 percent and 70 percent in the number of businesses and capital, respectively.

Besides, 8,565 other businesses added more than VND 3,000 billion to their investment capital.

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