Southern provinces Ba Ria-Vung Tau has wrapped up preparations to sign on Con Dao National Park to the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands of International Importance, according to province chairman Tran Minh Sanh.
The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, that provides a national framework for wetland preservation.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Private investment in healthcare remains low
Private hospitals make up only 12 per cent of all hospitals nation-wide though healthcare is a lucrative field for investment, experts told a seminar on medical and healthcare investment held in Ha Noi on Thursday.
Tran Quoc Khoa, head of the Ministry of Health's non-public healthcare services management division, said most private hospitals are small or medium-sized and mainly in large cities. The Government hopes to attract investment in this sector by offering training, tax, and land incentives.
In 2010 Vietnamese spent US$7 billion on healthcare and this is expected to rise to $11.3 billion in 2015, consultancy Economist Intelligence Unit said.
The Saigon Times Daily
Social fund raises $500,000 for Truong Sa
A fund set up by the HCM City Motherland Front Committee, Vi Truong Sa Than Yeu-Vi Tuyen Dau To Quoc (All for Truong Sa – All for the Country), has raised more than VND10 billion ($500,000) in cash and gifts from offices, organisations, and individuals.
They will be sent to support people and soldiers living on Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Vocational training schools improve quality
The country's 3,000 vocational training schools and centres have improved their standards to meet the labour market's needs, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.
Between 2007 and 2011 their 50,000 teachers trained more than 6.8 million students, many of them poor young people from remote areas.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Ba Ria upgraded to provincial city
Ba Ria township in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province has been upgraded into a provincial city under the province's authority, according to the province People's Committee.
The city stretches over 9,146ha, and is home to 122,424 people.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)