Economic growth rate 7-7,5% for 2001

Ha Noi, October 27 (VNA) -- Viet Nam has set the economic growth rate between 7 - 7.5 percent for the next year (2001), Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Xuan Gia said on Oct. 26.

Several economic targets set for 2001 will be submitted to the National Assembly, including an increase of 13 and

Development for the poorest communes in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Oct. 28 (VNA) -- So far this year VND 565 billion (USD 40.4 million) has been invested in 2,977 infrastructure projects in the country's poorest communes as part of a government programme on socio-economic development in mountainous and remote areas (Programme 135).

Of the projects, 1,098 with a combined capital of VND 257 billion (USD 18.4 million) focused on building roads and 602 others capitalized at VND 98 billion (USD 7 million), on building irrigation systems.

Vietnam wants to boost relations with Chile

The Chilean Deputy Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz is on a three-day visit to Viet Nam from Oct. 24, made in futherance of the two foreign ministries' agreement on political consultation. On Oct. 25 he was received by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam.

Deputy PM Nguyen Manh Cam said he considered the visit a new development in the two countries' friendship and cooperation, and expressed his pleasure at the further development of the two countries' relations

686,000 tonnes of coffee export in 1999-2000 crop

Ha Noi, Oct. 25 (VNA) - Viet Nam has exported 689,000 tonnes of coffee in the 1999-2000 crop (lasting from October, 1999 to September, 2000), 69 percent more than was exported from the previous crop.

This was announced at a conference to review coffee production and exports in the 1999-2000 crop and to work out strategies for the 2000-2001 crop and years to come. The conference was held in Ha Noi on Oct. 24 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Ministry of Trade and the Viet Nam Coffee and Cacao Association.

Viet Nam thanks the United Nations and its agencies

Oct. 24 (VNA) -- Viet Nam thanks the United Nations and its agencies for their close and effective cooperation in assisting Viet Nam's integration into the international community.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam told representatives of the UN agencies at a meeting in Ha Noi on Oct. 23 that the Vietnamese Government and people would continue the vigorious pursuit of the renovation process, aiming to make their ambitious modernization and industrialization programme a complete success.

Vietnam supports draft resolution on nuclear disarmament

Oct. 24 (VNA) -- Mr. Hoang Chi Trung, Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Viet Nam to the United Nations on behalf of ASEAN countries at the First Committee of 55th UNGA, expressed full support for two draft resolutions under consideration by the First Committee, namely "Nuclear Disarmament" and "Follow-up to the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons".

Vietnam delegation in 15th Conference of Int'l Lawyers

Oct. 21 (VNA)-- The International Association of Democratic Lawyers held its 15th conference in Havana, Cuba, in the presence of nearly 1,000 representatives of 50 countries. The five-day conference ended on Oct.20 with the release of resolutions on various issues, including the demand that US authorities compensate Viet Nam.

Viet Nam was represented at the conference by a delegation headed by Luu Van Dat, Vice President and General Secretary of the Viet Nam Lawyers' Association.

350,000 employees in foreign- invested sector

Ha Noi, Oct. 23 (VNA) -- As many as 349,000 people are working in the foreign-invested sector in Viet Nam, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Labourers working for Taiwanese, Hongkong, Korean, and Japanese-invested projects make up 71 percent of the total labour force in the foreign-invested sector.

In the first nine months of this year, 190 foreign-invested projects capitalized at more than USD 512 million
were licensed for operation across the country.

Labor disputes and strikes since Jan.1, 1995

Ha Noi, Oct. 23 (VNA) -- Labour disputes and strikes have increased both in number and scale, according to the Ho Chi Minh City Labour Confederation.

There have been over 50,000 labour disputes and 400 strikes nationwide since Viet Nam's Labour Code was introduced on January 1, 1995.

Almost all cases occured in Ho Chi Minh City and the southern provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Duong, where Korean- and Taiwanese-owned factories are located.

US $16.5 billion foreign capital was implemented by October, 2000

The Ministry of Planning and Investment said that by October this year, about US $16.5 billion of foreign invested capital was implemented, meaning 46.5% of committed capital of 2,541 valid projects.

The top position in implementing projects came to Japanese investors with US $2.356 billion followed by Taiwanese investors, nearly US $2 billion while Korean investors came third with US $1.837 billion. The fourth and fifth in the list are Singapore and Hong Kong with US $1.8 billion and US $1.333 billion, respectively.

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