The Project Management Board 2 has asked permission from the Ministry of Transport to upgrade the Ha Noi – Thai Nguyen Highway 3 to an expressway under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) mode.
The total investment is more than VND3.2 trillion (USVND3,285,230 million) for expansion and reinforcement of the road surface, installation of an intelligent traffic system, and toll stations.
The construction is expected to begin in the third quarter. The expressway, which will have speed limits of 120km per hour, will be completed in December 2017.
DAU TU (Vietnam Investment Review)
HCM City Book Fair to open in March
The HCM City People's Committee will host the ninth bi-annual HCM City Book Fair at District 1's Le Van Tam Park from March 21-27.
The fair themed "Book, Culture, Integration and Development" will attract nearly 200 domestic and foreign publishing houses and book distributors.
It will feature 500 stalls showcasing works of economy, history, science, technology, foreign language and literature.
Book exhibitions, talk shows between readers and authors, and discussions on reading habits and skills will also be offered at the event.
THANH NIEN (Young People)
Tien Giang to build irrigation systems
The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tien Giang will invest more than VND1.8 trillion (VND1,828,107 million) to launch a project to build irrigation systems by 2020.
The project aims to prepare for climate change and natural disasters, as well as promote production. It is also expected to help develop rural areas, and improve the living environment.
THOI BAO KINH TE VIET NAM (Vietnam Economic Times)
Free vocational training for rural people
Ha Noi will spend more than VND70 billion (VND71,068 million) on offering free vocational training courses for rural people in 2016.
The city's Agriculture and Rural Development Department will work with local authorities to provide classes on agriculture for nearly 16,000 people. More than 14,400 people will study non-agricultural skills.
LAO DONG (Labour)