Agriculture, forestry and fish exports decline 6% on year
Viet Nam's agricultural, forestry and fisheries product exports reached US$2.61 billion in April, with the sector's total export value during the first four months rising to $9.13 billion.
Drought forces provinces to halt crop cultivation
The agricultural and rural development departments in three south-central provinces said they were not planning to plant the summer-autumn rice and several other crops due to prolonged drought.
Groundbreaking
Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group and Russia's General Contractor Consortium of Power Machines yesterday started construction on a port for transporting equipment to Long Phu 1 Thermal Power Plant in Soc Trang Province.
US$2 billion needed to modernise ships
Viet Nam will need at least US$2 billion until 2020 to modernise its fleet of vessels, Deputy Head of Viet Nam Maritime Administration Bui Thien Thu has said.
Industrial output sees sharp increase
There was solid improvement in business conditions in the manufacturing sector as improving client demand led to stronger rises in output and new orders, according to the April Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI).
New IP financing trend could help SMEs access credit, grow
An international symposium encouraged Vietnamese banks to provide loans using intellectual property (IP) assets as collateral to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Gov't to let foreign currency reserves fund development
The Government, for the first time, has instructed relevant ministries to create a legal mechanism to allow for part of foreign currency reserves to be used to fund development projects.
Incentives needed to bolster automotive support industry
Suitable incentives were essential to enhancing the competitiveness of enterprises in the support industry to develop the domestic automotive sector, according to Chairman of the Viet Nam Federation of Civil Engineering Association Do Huu Hao.
Markets drop after long holiday despite substantial foreign buys
Shares plummeted in the first trading day after the week-long holiday break on the two exchanges yesterday, despite strong buys by the foreign sector.
OGC could lose $139m after merger
Ocean Group Joint Stock Company (OGC) may lose nearly VND3 trillion (US$139 million) after the State Bank of Viet Nam completed a merger for OceanBank for VND0 last month, Tri Thuc Tre (Young Intellectual) online newspaper reported .
Gov't bond sales reach $394.5m at April auctions
The State Treasury of Viet Nam offloaded VND8.523 trillion (US$394.5 million) worth of government bonds in April.
Gov't eyes private investment in railways
Gov't eyes private investment in railways

At a meeting a fortnight ago Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang revealed that property giant Vingroup had offered to buy Ha Noi, Sai Gon, and Da Nang railway stations and replace them with modern stations elsewhere in the three cities to ease pressure on their downtown areas.

VN needs only five big banks
VN needs only five big banks

Keith PogsonViet Nam should have only five major banks that provide financial services and support domestic businesses, as well as effectively compete with foreign banks, which are about to enter the country.

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Commando recalls sinking of US aircraft carrier Commando recalls sinking of US aircraft carrier

Seventy-nine-year-old former Vietnamese commando Lam Son Nao still feels uncomfortable whenever he thinks about the moment he tried to recover 84 kilos of explosives that had been left near the USNS Core aircraft carrier.

When festivals lose sight of the people 1    When festivals lose sight of the people

Last year I visited George Town in Penang, Malaysia. I was excited to find a lot of similarities between it and my hometown, Hue.

Cultural events lead to fireworks competition 1    Cultural events lead to fireworks competition

An International cuisine event will be held in the central city as a lead up to this weekend's scheduled seventh Da Nang International Fireworks Competition, a contest between teams representing five countries.

Da Nang to monitor trees with GIS 1    Da Nang to monitor trees with GIS

Da Nang plans to use the geographic information system (GIS) in the city's public tree management work, the municipal People's Committee spokesman Vo Van Thuong said.

Man detained for trafficking 15 monkeys Man detained for trafficking 15 monkeys

The Nghe An Province's environmental crimes division said this morning that it has detained a man for allegedly trafficking monkeys following a tip-off.