Vietnam, China to Build Border Bridge

An agreement to construct a bridge across the Nam Thi river linking Lao Cai province of Viet Nam and Hekou province of China was signed in Hanoi on May 31.

The signatories were Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Nguyen Viet Tien and Chinese Deputy Minister of Communications Li Juchang.

Under the agreement, the bridge, 140 metres long and 15 metres wide, will be built at a cost of VND 25 billion (USD 1.8 million), funded by the two countries.

Vietnam, Singapore Boost Economic Ties

Vietnam and Singapore discussed ways to boost bilateral co-operation during the fifth session of the Vietnam-Singapore Inter-Governmental Committee for Economic Co-operation in Hanoi on June 1.

The two sides focused their discussion on bilateral cooperation and reviewed Singapore's investment in Vietnam in the past years, including the agreement on helping train Vietnamese banking staff.

Industrial Output Increases 10 per cent

Viet Nam achieved an industrial production value of VND 67,939 billion (US $4.887 billion) in the first five months of this year, a 10.2 per cent year-on-year increase.

Big year-on-year increases were recorded in outputs of crude oil, 30.6 per cent; fertilizers, 13.6 per cent; bicycle, 22.4 per cent; motorcar assembly, almost 53 per cent; fishery processing, more than 18 per cent; and motorbike assembly, 45.5 per cent.

Vietnam- Gov't endorses major BOT water project

(THE SAIGON TIMES DAILY June 3, 1999) The Government has approved the second-phase of a major water project in HCMC under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) form, following a request by the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the city authorities.

Grand Imperial Saigon Water Company Ltd., an alliance by four companies from Malaysia, the U.K. and Hong Kong, plans to exploit water from the Saigon River.