Work on dredging the Soai Rap Estuary, the main gate leading to newly developed Hiep Phuoc port system in HCM City's Nha Be District, will begin early next month. The work will be carried out on a 54-km long section of the riverbed, making it 9.5m deeper to accommodate 30,000-tonne and 50,000-tonne vessels. The project, costing EUR70 million (US$87.5 milion) will receive Belgian official development assistance funding. It is scheduled to be completed in 16 months.
Nguoi Lao dong (The Labourer)
City seeks 800 English teachers for new year
The HCM City Department of Education and Training said it needs more than 800 English teachers, including 100 native speakers, to teach English at the city's primary schools in the 2012-13 academic year.
It plans to have one English native teacher for each school. The city now has 4,020 English teachers, but recent tests show many of them lack adequate language skills, affecting the quality of education that children receive.
Phu nu (Women)
Agriculture ministry reaches for EU standards
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will reorganise the production of five local herbs and vegetables – cilantro, basil, sweet chilly, garden celery and bitter melon – to meet EU requirements. Exports of these herbs and vegetables to the EU market failed as it could not be proven that they had been grown using good agricultural practices demanded by the bloc. The ministry's Plant Protection Department says it will designate land plots for production of the herbs and vegetables and check pest and fertiliser use during the cultivation and harvesting process.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)