Over 10,000 construction, real estate and construction materials manufacturing firms have either closed down or suspended operations in 2013.
Meanwhile, 10,635 new firms were established, the Ministry of Construction reported.
The sector's production value reached VND770 trillion (US$36.7 billion), an increase of 7 per cent compared to 2012.
LAO DONG (LABOUR)
City health insurance subscriptions rise
As of the end of 2013, more than 5 million residents had health insurance, accounting for 64.3 per cent of the city's population.
The HCM City Social Insurance Agency reported that it planned to apply bar code technology to health insurance cards from the second quarter.
THANH NIEN (YOUNG PEOPLE)
Hai Duong invests in rural areas
The northern province of Hai Duong has spent over VND16 trillion (US$775 million) on the economic and social development of rural areas over the first three years of the New Model for the Countryside national programme.
Of this, VND1.5 trillion came from the State budger, VND11 trillion from loans, and the rest from donations.
THOI BAO KINH TE VIET NAM (VIETNAM ECONOMIC TIMES)