Factory on liquefied petroleum gas is under construction

Ha Noi, Nov. 28 (VNA) -- Work started on construction of a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) loading factory in Ho Chi Minh City on Nov. 27 by BP Petco, a joint venture between British Petroleum (BP) and the Viet Nam Petroleum Corporation.

The factory, capable of loading 50,000 tonnes of LPG a year, has total investment capital of USD 10 million and will be built in three phases. Phase one is scheduled for completion in late 2001, when the factory will have a yearly capacity of 15,000 tonnes.

Industrial production increase in 11 months

Ha Noi, Nov. 28 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's industrial production value reached VND 178,966 billion (USD 12,428 million) in the past 11 months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 15.7 percent, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

The State-run sector posted an increase of 12.5 percent, the foreign-invested sector, 18.1 percent, and the non-State sector, saw a the highest increase, 18.2 percent.

Vietnam exports growth in 11 months

Ha Noi, Nov. 28 (VNA) -- Viet Nam earned nearly USD 13 billion from exports in the past 11 months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 25.2 percent, according to the General Statistics Office.

Export earnings saw remarkable increases in recent months, reaching a monthly average of USD 1.2 billion. In November alone, the country turned over more than USD 1.3 billion.

Gov't meeting focuses on higher education development

Ha Noi, Nov. 27 (VNA) -- Prime Minister Phan Van Khai chaired a cabinet meeting in Ha Noi today, Nov. 27, to discuss a scheme on university and college development up to 2010 and hear the report on socio-economic development in November and the last 11 months.

Addressing the meeting, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of education and training in a knowledge-led economy, which, he said, would be matter of fact in the 21st century.

Vietnamese software company plans for future in USA

Ha Noi, Nov. 26 (VNA) -- The Financing and Promoting Technology Corporation (FPT) of Viet Nam plans to reap USD 5 million from exporting its software to the US in 2002, and USD 100 million in 2005.

In the meantime, FPT also plans to export its software to Europe and Japan, hopefully earning USD 50 million from each market.

ASEAN informal Summit aims to build a dynamic economic region

Ha Noi, Nov. 26 (VNA) -- Leaders of member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the fourth ASEAN informal summit have agreed to build Southeast Asia into a dynamic economic region, said Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien.

FM Nien granted an interview to a Viet Nam News Agency correspondent about the results of the summit held in Singapore on Nov. 24 and 25 right after his return to Ha Noi on Nov. 26.

Record crude oil pumped in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Nov. 27 (VNA) -- The oil and gas industry has over recent days tapped a record of 46,000 tonnes of crude oil and brought ashore nearly five million cubic metres of gas a day, the Viet Nam Oil and Gas Corporation reported.

Oil has been presently pumping from Bach Ho (White Tiger), Rong (Dragon), Dai Hung (Big Bear), Hong Ngoc (Ruby), Rang Dong (Dawn) and Bunga-Kekwa oil fields.

Job generating centers are under way in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Nov. 27 (VNA) -- The Ministry of Planning and Investment has invested VND 18 billion in building 20 job generating centres nationwide in 2000.

Construction of eight centres has started.

Viet Nam now has 143 job generating centres with a staff of 1,500, annually providing occupational consultancy to around 200,000 people and suppling 80,000 workers for domestic and joint venture businesses. The centres have so far this year provided consultancy services to 120,000 labourers and vocational training to 150,000 others.

National Sport complex is under construction

Ha Noi, Nov. 25 (VNA) -- Work started this morning, Nov. 25, on the construction of a 247-ha national sports complex in My Dinh and Me Tri communes of Tu Liem suburban district, Ha Noi.

Present at the ground-breaking ceremony were Pham Gia Khiem, Deputy Prime Minister and Director of the 22nd SEA Games Steering Committee; Hoang Van Nghien, Chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee (HPC); and Ha Quang Du, Minister-Chairman of the National Sports and Physical Training Committee (NSPTC) and President of the National Olympic Committee.

PM Phan Van Khai meets with Chinese, Japanese & Korean leaders

Nov. 25 (VNA) -- Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and leaders of other ASEAN countries met with Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and President of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Kim Dae- Jung in Singapore on Nov. 25.

PM Khai is head of the Vietnamese delegation to the fourth ASEAN informal summit in Singapore.