Because of an oversupply, the Ministry of Construction has banned construction of new cement plants.
The country's cement consumption has been lower than expected due to the stagnant property market. Before 2010, 3.5-4.5 tonnes of cement were imported a year to meet market demand, attracting investors to the industry.
The Saigon Times Daily
Quang Nam woos young doctors
The central province of Quang Nam has launched new policies to encourage young doctors under the age of 40 to work in local districts, according to Nguyen Van Hai, director of the province's Department of Health. Doctors will receive at least VND200 million (US$10,000) per person if they agree to work for local hospitals for 12 years.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
HCM City develops pre-school education
HCM City is working to develop pre-school education until 2015, under a new project to improve the quality of pre-school education that has been submitted to the city's People's Committee. The city has nearly 18,000 teachers and will need 3,000 new teachers for the 2014-2015 school year.
HCM City has more than 43,100 children aged six months to 12 months and only four per cent of them attend State-owned pre-schools, many of which are of poor quality.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
2014 Earth Hour on March 29
The national campaign 2014 Earth Hour launched by the Ministry of Industry and Trade will begin on March 29, attracting Vietnamese and foreign offices, organisations and individuals across the country. The annual event this year focuses on climate change, environmental protection, green development and energy savings.
Experts warn that if the sea level increases one metre later this century, 40 per cent of the Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta will be under water.
Lao Dong (Labour)