HA NOI — The Gold and Gems Group (Doji) officially opened a new branch in the northern city of Thai Nguyen yesterday.
The move is aimed at meeting the increasing demand for jewellery in the area. Doji will also open branches in Hai Phong City and Viet Tri City in the northern province of Phu Tho this month.
Exotic fruits on the move
HCM CITY — Four containers of rambutans were shipped to the US yesterday, according to Mai Xuan Thin, Director of the Rong Do Company in HCM City.
The company has also exported several batches of fruit to other markets in the opening days of the year.
In the first week of 2012, 17 containers of fruit will be shipped to various international markets including five containers of rambutans and two containers of dragonfruit to the US, and 10 containers of dragon fruit and other types of fruit to the EU, mainland China, and the Middle East.
MediaMart Long Bien opens
HA NOI — Mediamart officially opened Mediamart Long Bien on Tuesday in Ha Noi.
This is Mediamart's fifth branch in Viet Nam.
General Director of MediaMart Le Quang Vu said the event confirmed the fast, sustainable development of the MediaMart brand with consistent demand from customers.
Poultry imports soar
HA NOI — The Livestock Production Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that in 2011, Viet Nam imported 107 thousand tonnes of meat, mainly poultry products.
The country also spent US$ 3.7 billion on importing 8.9 million tonnes of animal feed to meet domestic demand.
Da Nang greets 2.4m tourists
DA NANG — Da Nang's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced that the city welcomed nearly 2.4 million tourists last year including 600,000 international visitors, bringing a revenue of VND1,800 billion (US$86.4 million).
The city has decided to set up a project to develop tourism towards 2015 with incentives and preferential policies for investment in cruise tourism and marine and waterway tourism.
There are currently 57 tourism projects underway in Da Nang with a total investment of more than $3.1 billion.
Kien Giang leads rice exports
KIEN GIANG — The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Kien Giang led the country's rice exports in 2011, according to the provincial People's Committee.
Rice enterprises in the province sold over 961,000 tonnes last year, achieving a turnover of US$445 million, up by 35.7 per cent in value and 17.2 per cent in volume year-on-year. The province yielded over 3.9 million tonnes of rice, an increase of 420,000 tonnes compared to the same period last year.
The province is focusing on the winter-spring crop of over 285,000ha. Provincial authorities are advising farmers to cultivate high quality rice for export.
PHR announces rubber project
BINH DUONG — Phuoc Hoa Rubber Joint Stock Co (PHR) has announced that it would be investing in a construction project at the Tan Binh Industrial Park in the southern province of Binh Duong.
The project, which covers an area of 700ha, has a total investment capital of about VND500 billion (US$23.8 million).
PHR plans to set up a joint stock company to implement the project. The new company would have charter capital of VND100 billion ($4.76 million), of which the rubber firm would keep a 70 per cent stake. — VNS