The Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee has approved a plan to provide vocational training courses and create jobs for young people.
It aims to offer jobs to 60 per cent of young people by the end of this year, and 75 per cent by 2015. The city will improve the efficiency of career guidance centres, vocational training centres and job placement centres, and train 10,000 people in career counselling and vocational guidance.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Ministry launches HIV/AIDS writing contest
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has launched a script-writing contest on the topic of HIV/AIDS prevention and control.
The work, which should not exceed 15 pages long, should focus on key information about the disease, ways to prevent and control it, and prevent discrimination against HIV positive people.
Entries are to be sent to the ministry's Steering Committee of Population, AIDS, and Social Affairs by November 10. Seventeen of these will be short-listed and their names announced in December.
Nguoi Lao Dong(The Labourer)
Quang Ngai backs offshore fishing
The central province of Quang Ngai has decided to support offshore fishing with VND13.5 billion (US$591,000). The money will be used to purchase fuel, vessel insurance, and communication equipment for 148 boats owned by fishermen in Binh Son, Mo Duc, Tu Nghia, and Duc Pho districts.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Paper stock up as consumption declines
According to the Viet Nam Paper Corporation, as of July, only 48 per cent of the annual sales target was achieved, and the volume of paper in stock reached nearly 39,000 tonnes.
Low prices of imported pulp have pushed market prices down, while the high price of fuel and coal has caused difficulties for local manufacturers, it said.
To overcome these obstacles, the corporation has requested the Ministry of Industry and Trade to help with export promotion, a 30 per cent income tax reduction, and value-added tax exemption for the remaining five months of the year.
Lao Dong (Labou