Viet Nam's economy is set for an important year of continued reforms in 2012, with Government plans on economic restructuring focusing on fostering efficiency and sustainable growth.
This month's issue of our news magazine Outlook examines the Government's plans to tackle the economic challenges ahead.
We hear from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who outlines plans on developing the country's socialist-oriented market economy, and also talk to State Bank of Viet Nam Governor Nguyen Van Binh about reform of the banking system.
Our report on restructuring at State-owned enterprises finds that many challenges remain in ensuring State firms operate efficiently in the new economy. We also survey the year ahead for the nation's export sector and report on moves to further decentralise management of public investments by providing local authorities with more say on how to spend funds on local projects.
Elsewhere in this issue, we drop in on the dancing butchers of Ben Thuy market, visit the village of the ancient banyan trees and meet a 40-year-old female bodybuilder has overcome traditional views on women in sports.
Readers can also catch up on what's hot in the country's culinary, sports and arts scenes - and check out listings for everything from bars to embassies.
Outlook retails for VND15,000 at news-stands, major hotels and restaurants and can be purchased at the head office of the Viet Nam News at 11 Tran Hung Dao, Ha Noi, or at our HCM City office at 120 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. — VNS