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Hanoi eyes $8,500 average income by 2025



Hanoi eyes $8,500 average income by 2025

People sit by the Sword Lake in downtown Hanoi, October 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

Hanoi has set a target of increasing its per capita income to $8,500 by 2025 before striving to become a global city by 2045 with income topping $36,000.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday Nguyen Van Phong, head of the Hanoi Party Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, said that by 2030 the capital would become a modern, green and smart city with GDP per capita of $12,000 – 13,000, more than double the current estimated $5,700.

Its economy grew by 7.62 percent last year compared to country’s 7.02 percent rate. GDP per capita was $5,200.

Phong also said that in 2021-25 Hanoi would continue to invest in transport and socioeconomic infrastructure and information technology.

It would seek to improve the quality of its human resources and turn science and technology into a spearhead of the digital economy, he said.

Starting next year it would trial a new public administration model approved by the National Assembly last year, which would help streamline the government apparatus, promptly handle urgent issues, clearly define leaders’ responsibilities, and reduce the expenditure on salaries, he said.

HCMC Party chief Nguyen Thien Nhan said recently that the country’s largest city and economic engine seeks to become an Asian economic and financial hub by 2045 and increase per capita income to $40,000.

Last year Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had expressed the hope Vietnam would become a high-income country by 2045.

It is poised to enter the club of upper middle income economies that have an average income of $3,996-12,375. The group includes China, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand.

Vietnam’s GDP per capita was $2,740 last year, according to official statistics.



HCMC traffic deaths lowest in 20 years: official



HCMC traffic deaths lowest in 20 years: official

Motorbikes hit by a car in HCMC, November 19, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Dinh Van.

A combination of tough measures and increased public awareness has seen HCMC record its lowest traffic deaths in two decades – 516 in January-November.

In the past three years, the number of traffic accidents and related fatalities has dropped annually, Colonel Huynh Trung Phong, head of the Road and Railway Traffic Police Division of the city’s Police Department, said at a conference Thursday.

Looking back two decades, 2002 was the deadliest year, with 1,410 traffic accident deaths, he said.

The situation has improved because the city has steadfastly and firmly implemented safety measures, including raising public awareness, he said.

HCMC has led the nation in punishing driving under the influence (DUI) violations.

This year, more than 31,000 drivers have been fined for DUI offenses under the Law on Preventing Alcohol’s Harmful Effects that took effect on January 1. Nationwide, more than 156,000 drivers have been fined.

“There have been months when the city handled nearly 14,000 violations, while the nationwide figure was just 53,000,” Phuong said. He said the city would continue to focus on DUI offenses as a main reason for traffic accidents.

Under the new law, any driver with alcohol on his or her breath faces fines of VND400,000-600,000 ($17-26) on bicycles or electric motorbikes. For motorbike drivers, the fines are VND6-8 million, and for cars, VND30-40 million. All drivers can have their licenses revoked for 22-24 months.

Tran Quang Lam, director of the municipal Transport Department, said that since 2016, the city has also invested in a number of traffic infrastructure projects to reduce gridlocks and accidents. As of August this year, it had finished building 72 bridges, upgraded and put into use a total of 384 km (240 miles) of roads. This has helped ease traffic jams in many areas, especially major gateways like the Cat Lai Port in District 2 and the Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

“Access to investment and the time-consuming site clearance process remain the biggest obstacles,” Lam said, explaining that this has led to many traffic infrastructure projects remaining incomplete.

City chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said at the conference that in the past three years, the city has put into use 57 traffic infrastructure projects worth more than VND11 trillion ($473.21 million) in total, which has helped minimize traffic congestion in many areas.

“Despite such efforts, the city’s traffic infrastructure is still put under a lot of pressure due to a significant increase in the number of private vehicles and sidewalks are still prone to encroachment,” he said.

As of June, HCMC had 9.84 million private vehicles, up 7 percent against the same period last year. The number of cars went up 26 percent to 825,000 and that of motorbikes more than 6 percent to 8.12 million. From 2010, the number of private vehicles in the city has increased by more than four million.

Officials said at the meeting that from now until 2025, the city needs to continue with the measures it has been implementing in order to reduce the number of traffic accidents by 5 percent each year.


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Overseas Vietnamese: Inseparable part of Vietnam



Immigrants have sent roughly US$75 billion in remittances to the country in the past five years.

Vietnam has once again affirmed the crucial role of overseas Vietnamese in the building and development of the country.

The role of overseas Vietnamese (OV) has been reflected in various aspects regarding economics, politics, culture, and international relations over the past 16 years when Vietnam first launched its policy on the OV affairs, according to Dang Minh Khoi, deputy minister of Foreign Affairs and chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA).

The Politburo, the most powerful body of the Communist Party of Vietnam, issued Resolution 36-NQ/BCT (Resolution 36) dated March 26, 2004 on OV affairs, affirming the Vietnamese community abroad is an indivisible part of the nation.

Mr. Khoi has highlighted OV contributions to the country in the 2016-2020 period and the need of OV for the next five years and the 10-year Socio-economic Strategy 2021 – 2030. 

Main approaches in Vietnam’s OV affairs

Vietnam has adopted regulations on citizenship, immigration, education, accommodation, social welfare, among others, while difficulties in legal status of Vietnamese expatriates in some areas have been gradually removed.

Overseas Vietnamese: Inseparable part of Vietnam
Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam and State President Nguyen Phu Trong and other leaders attend Tet holiday 2019. Photo: Xuan Que Huong

Cultural programs have been promoted with the aim of preserving and disseminating traditional culture through the establishment of Vietnamese cultural centers abroad and numerous festivities. Notably, teaching the Vietnamese language has been popularized while traditional religious practices are also encouraged.

Local authorities have boosted the dissemination of updated policies on OV affairs and facilitated the coverage of the country’s big events for OV reporters.

Numerous activities strengthening the nationalism and bonds with the nation have been organized domestically and abroad like Homeland Spring, Expatriates Visiting Truong Sa Islands, Summer Youth Camp, Gathering for Tet Holiday, Vietnam’s Cultural Day, Arts Programs, and National Holidays.

A lot of persuasion and facilitation has been made to those who have biased thinking, encouraging them to return to the country to visit their relatives and witness the nation’s progress.

A number of policies have been made to draw intellectual OV, mainly young people, and to tackle problems for overseas Vietnamese businesses, scientists, experts, and investors who return for research, doing business and making investment.

More individuals are welcomed to participate in the country’s important agencies and think-tanks like the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Group, the Vietnam Fatherland Front, etc.

In the Covid-19 pandemic, Vietnam has disseminated preventive measures and provided disaster relief to Vietnamese communities in areas of difficulties; repatriated OV and sought support of host countries for confirmed Vietnamese.

Results in past five years

Mr. Khoi emphasized that the number of OV rose 18% over the past five years from 4.5 million in 109 countries and territories in 2015 to roughly 5.3 million in 130 countries and territories.

Their role in the host countries has also improved with recognized legal status, stable residence, better integration into the society, and more engagement in politics. An estimated 500,000 or 10% of OV are experts and intellectuals. A generation of talented young Vietnamese people is recognized in spearhead sectors namely IT, telecommunications, electronics, new materials, machine engineering and biology.

More OV associations have been established, more cultural and religious activities have been organized together with the expansion of the Vietnamese teaching programs in the past five years. The Vietnamese language has been inserted into curricula at primary school in many countries.

Overseas Vietnamese have become crucial in Vietnam’s development and international integration.

Many individuals and businesses have invested in the country and boosted trade with other exporting markets. A host of multinational companies led by OV have stepped up technology transfer and provided jobs to thousands of people.

In the past five years, Vietnamese living abroad sent more than US$71 billion in remittances to the country with an average annual growth rate of 6%, largely contributing to improving the balance of payments and increasing the state foreign exchange reserves. As of October 2020, overseas Vietnamese from 27 countries and territories have invested US$1.6 billion in 362 projects in Vietnam.

“Fund for the Sea and Islands of Vietnam” has marked the donation of a large number of OV, showing their contribution to protecting national sovereignty and strengthening solidarity.

In addition, support to victims of dioxin/Agent Orange, natural disasters, and epidemics has been significant with approximate VND35 billion (US$1.5 million) and medical equipment in the Covid-19 pandemic fight, as well as VND34 billion and foods and goods to victims of floods in the central region in October. 

More support expected

Mr. Khoi has also addressed challenges to the OV affairs, saying that more support should be provided to help the communities overcome difficulties caused by the global health crisis.

He emphasized that Vietnam needs to make more efforts in this area to ensure better support to the OV communities, mainly in legal status recognition, economic development and social integration into native countries, citizen protection, management of workers and students abroad, dissemination of traditional cultural values and language, contribution to the national protection, and facilitation of working conditions to overseas scientists, experts and intellectuals.  Hanoitimes 

Linh Pham


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One-year-old Russian girl among eight new imported cases of COVID-19



Some of the latest COVID-19 patients on Friday are being treated at Khánh Hoà Tropical Diseases Hospital. Photo

HÀ NỘI — A Russian woman and her one-year-old daughter are among the latest patients to test positive for coronavirus.

Eight imported COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Friday, taking the total number in Việt Nam to 1,339, said the Ministry of Health.

The 31-year-old Russian national is the relative of an expert working in Việt Nam.

Patients 1332, 1333, 1334 and 1335 arrived at Cam Ranh Airport on flight QH9195 from Moscow on November 24, including the two Russian nationals and two Vietnamese nationals.

They are undergoing treatment at Cam Lâm Health Clinic and Khánh Hoà Tropical Diseases Hospital.

Patient 1336 is a 28-year-old man who arrived from UK at Vân Đồn Airport on flight VN56 on November 6.  Earlier, two other people on the same flight tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

He is being treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Đông Anh District, Hà Nội.

Patient 1337, a 30-year-old man and an expert from Japan, arrived in Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport on November 25 on flight JL759. He’s being treated at Củ Chi Hospital.

Patient 1338, a 48-year-old Vietnamese woman, arrived from Russia at Cam Ranh Airport on November 11 on flight VN5062. She’s also being treated at Củ Chi Hospital. Earlier, 24 other people on the same flight tested positive for the virus.

Patient 1339, a 36-year-old Vietnamese man, arrived from France at Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport on November 11. Six other people from the same flight previously tested positive.

The total number of recoveries in Việt Nam to date is 1,170. —


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