Southeast Asian NGO Mangroves for the Future will work with the Volunteer for Community Development (by the Fish-breeding Association of the central Thua Thien Hue Province) for a programme to grow more mangrove trees in Lap An Lagoon.
Mai Sy Tuan, director of the Ha Noi National University's Mangrove Ecosystem Research Centre, said the project – to cost VND500 million (US$23,800) – has raised funds from the local community.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Exports jump 23% in first quarter
Viet Nam's exports in March were worth US$9.15 billion, a 10.2 per cent rise month-on-month, taking the first quarter figure to $24.52 billion, a 23.6 per cent rise over the same period last year.
The strong growth is attributed mainly to a 39.1 per cent rise in exports by the processing industry, according to the ministries of Finance and Industry and Trade.
Imports in the first quarter topped $24.774 billion, a 6.9 per cent increase.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Central bank to publish news on website
The State Bank of Viet Nam has said it would publish all information on currency and banking activities on its website starting this month.
The information would be about the ratio of bad debts, ratio of credit to deposits, capital adequacy ratio, and ratio of short-term deposits to medium – and long-term loans.
Also available on its website would be information about mergers, bankruptcy, and closing down of credit institutions, as well as information about penalties and licence withdrawal of credit institutions.
Dau Tu (Investment)
Japan helps south-central region
Japan will help the central provinces of Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, and Khanh Hoa research strategies for socio-economic development in the south-central region and the General Hospital of Ninh Thuan Province buy medical equipment worth $8.1 million.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), from now through September, will work with the three provinces to review their policies, plans, and development strategies, research the growth path of priority sectors, and determine challenges and solutions.
Based on the research findings, it will help develop development strategies for each province and recommend solutions.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)