HCM City's neighbouring province of Tien Giang has built 75 wholesale markets for agricultural produce, including eight in new countryside areas.
Farmers and businesses are being encouraged to use these markets, which totally cost the province more than VND115 billion (US$5.5 million).
DAU TU (Vietnam Investment Review)
Social bank hands out $5.5b in loans
The Viet Nam Bank for Social Policies has offered more than VND118 trillion (around US$5.5 billion) in preferential loans to social programmes this year, a rise of 8 per cent year-on-year.
Most of it has gone towards funding rural clean water and hygiene projects, student loans, and loans for poor households.
THOI BAO KINH TE VIET NAM (Vietnam Economic Times)
Experts alarmed at high rate of obesity
Overweight and obesity among children aged under five in large cities like Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Can Tho, and HCM City recently has reached alarming proportions, affecting 86,000 children or 6 per cent of the relevant population.
In HCM City, the obesity rate is estimated at 9.6 per cent, the National Nutrition Institute told a conference on nutrition held in Ha Noi.
NGUOI LAO DONG (The Labourer)
City revenue loss to double next year on tax
HCM City's revenues will suffer a loss of around VND8.3 trillion (US$400 million) next year due to tax and other incentives offered to revive the economy.
The sum is more than twice the figure for this year.
There will be reductions in land rent, value-added tax on budget homes, corporate income tax, and personal income tax.
THE SAI GON TIMES