Several thousand young people across the country are benefiting from a long-term career project that focuses on rural students and farmers. The programme began in 2008 by the Central Youth Union.
In Quang Ngai Province, a poor area in the central region, more than 140,000 students and young labourers received VND640 billion in preferential loans from local banks for the last five years. With the funds, they completed their studies and developed their own businesses.
The union recently asked the Government to create a fund to offer financial support for young people who want to start businesses after training.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Book fairs open in HCM City
More than 2,000 books in different fields are on sale at two book fairs that opened this week in HCM City. The fairs are organised by local organisations, including the prestigious Tre (Youth) Publishing House.
Vietnamese books featuring the country's history, culture and national heroes are highlighted.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Health workers in short supply
Viet Nam needs another 445,000 health workers, including 14,252 pharmacists, doctors and nurses, for the 2012-20 period, a Health Ministry report has shown. The report, released at Wednesday's meeting on health professional training, indicated that the rate of doctors and nurses per 10,000 people would be 10 per 10,000 and 20 per 10,000 by 2020.
Health workers with high qualifications are primarily concentrated in urban and remote areas in both the public and private sectors. The shortage is also noticeable in the health statistics and hospital management fields.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
HCM City builds $60m water plant
The construction of Thu Duc 3 Water Plant at a cost of VND1.2 trillion (US$60 million) will begin next month by Saigon Clean Water and Investment Joint Stock Company. Located in Thu Duc District, the plant will have a capacity of 300,000 cubic metres per day. It is expected to open in late 2014.
Two more water plants are being planned, which would raise the water supply capacity for the city to 2.4 million cubic metres per day by 2015, Tran Dinh Phu, general director of the Saigon Water Co-operation, said.
The Saigon Times Daily