According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnamese companies have 742 projects worth US$15.5 billion abroad.
Most of the projects are in the mining industry, with 99 projects worth $4.6 billion, followed by agriculture, forestry and aquaculture with 80 projects worth $1.9 billion, and the power industry with $1.8 billion.
Vietnamese firms have invested chiefly in Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Japan, Africa, Australia, Russia and the US.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Ministry, VFA sign MoU on Delta rice
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development together with the Viet Nam Food Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in rice production and sales from large-scale rice fields.
The MoU was related to 12 provinces and Can Tho City in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta.
Under the MoU, the Plantation Department under the ministry targets building large-scale rice fields with a total area of 40,000ha by 2014, 100,000ha by 2015, and 1 million ha by 2020.
The Viet Nam Food Association has proposed setting up a fund to support the production and export of rice.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Central province boosts fresh water access
More than 81 per cent of residents, mostly from ethnic minorities, in rural areas in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak now have access to clean water.
The province invested VND140 billion ($6.63 million) to build 90 water-supply facilities.
It targets providing access to clean water by the end of 2014 to more than 83 per cent of the rural areas in the province.
Tin Tuc (News)
Airlines ready for Tet holidaymakers
According to Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific and VietJet Air, many tickets are still available for flights before and after Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.
The carriers also said that they planned to increase the number of flights in case the demand rises, especially before and after Tet.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
VN tops Laos investors list with $5b
Viet Nam tops the list of 52 countries and territories investing in Laos with $5 billion in 412 projects.
Vietnamese enterprises with large-scale schemes in Laos include the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group, the Viet Nam Rubber Group, the Dak Lak Rubber Company and Viettel, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Saigon Time Daily