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Transport systems targeted for upgrade

Update: June, 13/2012 - 10:57

HA NOI — Improving transport infrastructure and information technology by 2020 was critical to the nation's modernisation target, the Government said yesterday in its programme to implement Party Central Committee's Resolution 13 on infrastructure building.

Expanding National Highway 1A between Ha Noi and Can Tho to four lanes by 2016, and upgrading the Ho Chi Minh road through Central Highlands provinces are also included in the programme.

Other priorities would be the modernisation of the national north-south railway and continued research into the possibility of high-speed railways.

Airports also to be improved

The efforts would also be put into upgrading five airports: Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Da Nang, Can Tho and Cam Ranh, and attracting investment to the construction of Long Thanh International Airport.

All projects would be co-ordinated to ease traffic congestion in major urban areas, especially in Ha Noi and HCM City.

As for information infrastructure, the nation would improve information technology in education, electronic textbooks and online training and push the development of the software industry and a national information technology hub.

The programme would be the basis for ministries, central agencies and provincial authorities to get the tasks completed. — VNS

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