Water management has become a major topic of
discussion in recent years among Viet Nam's lawmakers, experts and
society. The country has been struggling to deal with water-related
issues such as a rising sea level, land subsidence and saline intrusion
in the Mekong Delta. Lawmakers and experts shared their views on water
management with Viet Nam News reporters Thu Van and Hoang Anh.
Over the years, a total of 71 legal documents and ordinances and 73
decrees have been enacted by the National Assembly and the Government to
regulate planning in Viet Nam.
The National Assembly is now discussing whether or not to include in
amendments to the Criminal Procedures Code a person's right to remain
silent when detained in a criminal investigation. Opinions are divided.
Thu Van gathers insights on the issue from senior police officers, a
lawyer, a prosecutor and a legal representative for a victim of a
wrongful conviction case.
Saigon Dub Station, an organisation promoting reggae music and related
genres in HCM City, will host a music night at Saigon Ranger on June 2.
China's reef construction and expansion in the East Sea has seriously
violated Viet Nam's sovereignty, causing deep concerns among the
international community, including ASEAN. Viet Nam News reporters spoke
to experts about the situation and the actions that must be taken to
avoid complications and extended disputes at sea.
Forty years after the war ended, relations between Viet Nam and the
United States have grown significantly, especially in trade. In 2014,
Viet Nam became the top ASEAN exporter to the US with a record trade
surplus of almost US$25 billion. Bilateral trade reached $36.3 billion
last year. Both nations are participants of Trans Pacific Partnership
(TPP) trade negotiations, so bilateral trade is predicted to expand.
Viet Nam News spoke to experts about how Viet Nam can leverage its
reforms and economic competitiveness to reap the benefits of these new
The National Traffic
Safety Committee's newest proposal that would give authorities the power to
confiscate vehicles from drunk drivers has caused an explosive public debate.
While the committee says that heavier punishments would curb traffic accidents
and deaths, others have raised concerns over the fairness and feasibility of
Nam News reporters Hoang Anh and Thu Huong gather
various perspectives on the issue.
Earlier this year, the government established the National Technology
Innovation Foundation (NATIF) with a registered capital of VND1 trillion
(US$47 million). The fund aims to foster innovation among Vietnamese
businesses and promote the commercialisation of innovative ideas that
can create new products and services.
Adequate compensation and income-generating opportunities are key
factors that will determine the success of Ha Noi's plan to resettle
thousands of residents from its Old Quarter, experts and residents say.
Viet Nam needs to invest in infrastructure while sustaining economic
growth. So far, the State budget and official development assistance
have contributed most of the funding for infrastructure development.