Many small steel companies might have to close their operations or sell to other investors in 2015 because they have outdated technology and high expenditures for production, a report from the Viet Nam's Ministry of Science and Technology has said.
This year, many state-owned steel companies will be restructured, including cuts in staff, a move expected to increase production efficiency.
In 2014, total national steel consumption was around 14 million tonnes, an increase of 17 per cent compared with 2013. Of that amount, 2.76 million tonnes were exported, an increase of 21 per cent against 2013.
TTuoi Tre (Youth)
TouthFood prices steady ahead of Lunar New Year
The Ministry of Industry and Trade's Information Centre has predicted that normal holiday demand for food in the upcoming traditional Tet festival and an abundant supply of goods will contribute to lower prices.
Prices for essential food like pork, chicken, eggs and vegetables will fall except for cow meat, which will rise due to a low supply.
It is expected that 39,000 tonnes of cow meat will be imported in 2015, an increase of 20-25 per cent compared with 2014, at a value of US$300 million.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
93,000 new jobs created in Dong Nai
The southern province of Dong Nai created jobs for nearly 93,000 labourers in 2014, an increase of 0.5 per cent compared with 2013.
Of the number, 90,000 workers were hired through socio-economic development programmes, while another 3,000 borrowed money to create their own businesses.
In 2015, the province targets creating another 90,000 jobs. Job training for skilled workers will be a focus for the year.
Nguoi Lao Dong ( The Labourer)
Forestry exports total $6.3 billion in 2014
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Forestry General Department reported that in 2014 total production value of forestry was US$1.1 billion, an increase of 7.1 per cent compared with 2013.
Forestry export turnover was $6.3 billion, a growth of 14 per cent compared with 2013. The industry planted 220,000 hectares of forest and reached forest coverage of 41.5 per cent.
For 2015, the industry targets total production value of $1.2 billion, and exports of $6.7 billion. It also targets 42 per cent of forest coverage.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Can Tho ready for traditional Tet festival
All commodity agencies in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho have finished their preparations and are ready to provide goods for the Lunar New Year holiday, the city's Industry and Trade Department has announced. For Tet, supply of goods has increased by 10-15 per cent compared to normal days.
Total value of goods from 18 major supply companies are estimated at VND2.8 billion ($130,000).
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)