According to figures from businesses, in the last 11 months, 78,664 Vietnamese labourers went to work abroad, meeting more than 92 per cent of this year's plan. For November, the figure was 8,411, including 3,058 female workers.
Taiwan continued to rank as the largest market for Vietnamese labourers (4,319), followed by Japan (989), South Korea (697), Malaysia (654) and UAE (582).
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Loan-guarantee fund for businesses set up
On December 15, the director of central Da Nang City's Department of Finance, Nguyen Thanh Sang, said the province established a loan guarantee fund for businesses. The fund would help them re-invest and recover financially.
The province plans to collect capital contributions from businesses and other organisations, with an additional VND30 billion (US$1.4 million) from the provincial budget.
By 2015, the fund is expected to have charter capital of VND100 billion ($4.7 million).
Lao Dong (Labour)
Orphans granted scholarships
The Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, in collaboration with Communist youth unions and departments of education and training in seven southeastern provinces, has donated 308 scholarships worth VND3 million ($142.8) each for orphaned children.
The provinces are Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Binh Thuan, Tay Ninh and Ba Ria-Vung Tau, as well as HCM City.
The scholarships are sponsored by Amway Viet Nam Co, under the Vi ngay mai phat trien (For tomorrow's development) programme developed by Youth newspaper.
In the 2013-15 period, the company will also fund VND3 billion ($142,857) for other youth education activities under the programme.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Pig prices skyrocket as chicken prices fall
The price of live pigs in southeastern provinces has risen by VND1,000-2,000 to VND50,000 per kilo compared to a week ago. This is the highest price since the beginning of this year.
According to households, the breeders can earn a profit of VND10,000 per kilo at these prices. The price hike was caused by a sharp increase in demand for Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.
The industrial chicken price fell to VND24,000-25,000 per kilo. For chicken egg, the breeders have also suffered a loss of VND50 per egg at a selling price of VND1,550 each.
Tuoi Tre (The Youth)
Customs office set up at int'l seaport
The southern province of Binh Duong has established a customs office at its international seaport. The new office is expected to facilitate administrative and customs procedures for import-export activities.
The office will help local companies save on transport costs and time as they no longer have to travel to HCM City to complete customs procedures on import-export activities.
The Sai Gon Times Daily