The Prime Minister's Order 12 last year to improve traffic safety has had some effect with the number of serious accidents falling slightly since.
But authorities are a long way away yet from fulfilling his exhortation to reduce the number of accidents by 5 – 10 per cent.
So far this year there have been nearly 22,000 road accidents in the country in which 7,040 people were killed, an increase of 2 per cent over the same period last year.
From now through the end of the year, when transport demand will sharply surge for the holiday season, the Ministry of Public Security will strengthen oversight and patrolling.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Librated Sai Gon)
Gov't offices slow to reply to complaints
Government offices reply promptly only to a quarter of public complaints forwarded by the media, a survey of 250 journalists based in 20 provinces has found.
Another 51 per cent get late replies, but 38 per cent are ignored.
Even when there are replies, they are perfunctory, according to 78 per cent of the respondents.
The survey was done by Vietnamese NGO The Centre for Media in Educating Community along with the British embassy in Ha Noi.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Viet Nam exports to ASEAN hit nearly $14b
According to the General Department of Customs, Viet Nam's exports to other ASEAN member countries in the first nine months of the year were worth around US$13.7 billion.
The figure represents an increase of 11 per cent year-on-year, while the country's imports were worth nearly $16 billion, a rise of 2.6 per cent.
Malaysia was the biggest trade partner followed by Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Laos, Brunei, and Myanmar.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
HCM City High-tech Park attracts $2bn
The 11-year-old HCM City High-tech Park has so far attracted investments of US$2 billion from 57 foreign companies, including some famous names like Intel, Nidec, Sonion, and Jabil.
The total revenues of 38 companies that are operational have been worth $6.2 billion. They hire 18,000 workers.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)