The number of investment projects in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) region over the past years has not matched the region's potential, according to speakers at a seminar held in Dac Nong Province last Friday.
A total of 1,569 investment projects with a total capital of VND262.7 trillion (US$12.5 billion) have been registered in the region from 2006 to June 2011. Of the figures, only about 25 per cent of the projects and 22 per cent of the registered capital have been implemented. The implemented projects are of small scale and use simple technology.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Not enough tra fish to match export orders
Since last month, Viet Nam had received many tra fish export orders with a price of 20 per cent higher than previous months from US and EU importers, according to the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP).
To prepare for the increased demand of tra fish for the coming holidays of Christmas and New Year, many more EU importers have visited Viet Nam to order tra fish.
However, Vietnamese exporters do not have enough supply because of the shortage of raw fish.
Lao Dong (Labour)
First tuna brand-name granted to Phu Yen
The National Office of Intellectual Property under the Ministry of Science and Technology has granted a collective brand name registration certificate Phuyen Tuna for the Phu Yen Province Tuna Association, according to Bien Minh Tam, director of the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. This is Viet Nam's first tuna brand name. Tuna is the major export product of Phu Yen to the US, Japan and the EU.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Large flying foxes appear in An Giang
A flock of about 5,000 large flying foxes, a species of bat, is now living in the Tra Su Mangrove Forest in Tinh Bien District's Van Giao Commune in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of An Giang, the Tinh Bien Forest Protection Agency said last Friday. The agency is protecting the bats from illegal hunting because they are rare and precious.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
PM approves criteria for priority projects
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved criteria for accessing priority projects under a support programme to respond to climate change (SP-RCC). Priority projects under SP-RCC must meet several criteria, including suitability with the national strategy on climate change and the climate-change response plans of ministries, sectors and localities. In addition, they must use appropriate technologies.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon)