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Business back to normal as holiday winds down

Update: February, 07/2014 - 08:46
Passengers get on coaches at the Southern Bus Terminal in Ha Noi. Civil servants and State employees resumed work yesterday after nine days off for the Tet break. — VNS Photo Truong Vi

HA NOI (VNS)— Civil servants and State employees resumed work yesterday, the first working day of the Year of Horse. They had nine days off while businesses, farmers and fishermen started the new working year a day or so earlier.

In Ha Noi, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung visited and extended New Year wishes to staff and officers at the National Assembly, People's Supreme Court, People's Supreme Procuracy, Justice Ministry and Bank for Investment and Development of Viet Nam.

Hung praised the efforts of NA Office staff, saying that their greatest task was promoting the implementation of the newly amended Constitution.

At the Supreme People's Court, he spoke highly of the court's endeavour to handle important cases, contributing to ensuring political security, social safety and order, and creating favourable conditions for the country's socio-economic development.

While visiting the court, he suggested it enhance the quality of its judgements and improve the competence of its personnel.

Hung said that 2014 was the first year for the implementation of the new Constitution, and that the Supreme People's Procuracy should focus on building and adjusting relevant legal documents to suit the amended Constitution.

Also yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc paid New Year visits to Viet Nam Railway Corporation and Vietcombank.

He asked the railway sector to apply advanced technologies to improve its infrastructure and service delivery.

"Improving service quality is one of its key tasks this year," chairman of the corporation Tran Ngoc Thanh said, noting that more trains would be added along routes, including Sai Gon-Nha Trang, Sai Gon- Da Nang and Ha Noi-Lao Cai.

He also said there would be more opportunities for the private sector to become involved in railway service.

In central Thua Thien-Hue Province, many companies resumed work early this week. Vice director general of the Hue Garment Joint Stock Company said that almost all of its 3,500 workers returned to work as planned.

Last year, the company created jobs for about 1,200 workers as another sewing production line started operation. It also began construction of housing for about 1,000 workers.

According to southern Dong Nai Province's Trade Union, nearly 80 per cent of migrant workers in the locality have returned to work after the Tet holidays.

Vice president of the provincial Trade Union Doan Van Day said that the percentage was about 10 per cent lower than that of last year because some companies planned to resume production next week.

In the southern industrial hub of Binh Duong Province, the provincial People's Committee reported that nearly 130,000 migrant workers stayed at work throughout the Tet holidays, helping ensure companies' achieved production levels.

To help others return to work early, employers offered more than 20,000 migrant workers Tet bonuses, salaries in advance and free coach tickets.

In coastal central Quang Ngai Province, fishermen returned to sea on Wednesday, the sixth day of the first lunar month considered a good day for business.

In An Vinh Commune, Ly Son Island District, fishermen held a traditional ceremony praying for good weather and a prosperous year.

According to the Finance Ministry, post-Tet food prices remain stable while transport cost are still 20-60 per cent higher across the country. — VNS


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