Viet Nam News HCM CITY – HCM City is determined to pursue administrative reform this year, a meeting held by authorities on Tuesday to review the outcome of reforms in 2018 heard. “This year the HCM City’s Party Committee will supervise four major works related to administrative reforms and the Chairman of the city People’s Committee will be responsible for tackling 99 delayed administrative reform tasks,” the city’s Party Secretary Nguyễn Thiện Nhân said. On the occasion, Nhân hailed eight important tasks that were accomplished last year. They included handling 99.6 per cent of documents submitted by the public without delay, increasing the number of public services available online, major revamp of public administration, and adoption of certain smart city applications. However, while district agencies and departments achieved 99.6 per cent, the office of the city People’s Committee did not release the statistics about its performance, he said. “Many districts, departments and enterprises have complained that they had to spend a lot of time waiting for documents from the office of the People’s Committee. “The office must be part of the administrative reform and announce the time taken to handle documents.” Huỳnh Công Hùng, deputy director of the Interior Department, said this year 30 – 40 per cent of public services would be available online and achieve 80 per cent public satisfaction level. “Next year the Department of Construction will reform the construction licensing process and increase the use of IT,” Trần Trọng Tuấn, its director, said. In 2018 the… [Read full story]
The HCM City Department of Transport aims to have 75 per cent of the new buses running on clean fuel by the end of 2020. Under a plan to buy 1,680 new buses for the 2018-20 period, the city expects to have more than 1,000 of the buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG) by the end of 2020. However, the plan has faced insufficient subsidies, lack of financial support from the city, and setbacks in building CNG fueling stations, according to the department. Because of the lack of investment in CNG fueling stations and attractive subsidy incentives, only 428 CNG buses were operating as of the end of last year. CNG vehicles cost 20 per cent more than normal buses, according to bus companies. For instance, the price of an 80-seat bus using gasoline is about VNĐ2.4 billion (US$103,437), while a CNG bus of the same size costs VNĐ2.75 billion. The city has yet to implement a subsidy incentive for environmentally friendly vehicles. Nguyễn Văn Thảo, director of Transport Cooperative No 15, said the subsidy level for CNG buses was the same as that of gasoline-fueled vehicles. To cut costs, most transport firms and cooperatives are buying diesel-fueled and gasoline-powered buses instead of CNG buses, he said. In addition, the city’s four CNG filling stations are all located far from the city centre (in Thủ Đức, Tân Bình, Bình Chánh districts, and District 12), leading to increased operational costs for bus operators and more time for bus refueling. In… [Read full story]
Viet Nam News HCM CITY – HCM City’s most popular attractions during the Tết (Lunar New Year) festival welcomed millions of local and foreign visitors from February 2-10. Nguyễn Huệ Flower Street attracted 1.7 million visitors during its seven-day opening from February 2-8. The 720-metre flower street, with the theme “HCM City – Thành Phố Vươn Xa” (HCM City – Rising City), extended from the statue of President Hồ Chí Minh in front of the People’s Committee building to Tôn Đức Thắng Street. Visitors especially liked the models of pigs made of flowers, plastic or wood to celebrate the Year of the Pig. More than 100 kinds of flowers, including chrysanthemums, roses, orchids, azaleas, lotuses and cacti, were used in the flower arrangements. The Tết Book Fair, another Tết attraction, also attracted more than 700,000 visitors. The book fair was organised on three streets downtown: Mạc Thị Bưởi, Nguyễn Huệ and Ngô Đức Kế, showcasing 100,000 copies of books about literature, history, economy, politics, culture, science and technology. It also included several exhibitions displaying books, documents and photos on the building and development of the 320-year-old HCM City, and dozens of special publications for Tết by the city’s major newspapers and magazines, including Trẻ (Youth), Thanh Niên (Young People) and Sài Gòn Giải Phóng (Liberated Sài Gòn). The city’s annual biggest flower fair, Tao Đàn Spring Flower Festival, welcomed more than 1 million visitors this year. The fair displayed more than 5,000 indigenous and foreign flowers, ornamental fish, bonsai plants… [Read full story]
A view of HCM City (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City plans this year to speed up a project to become a smart city by 2025 in order to better serve its residents. After one year of implementing the smart city project, authorities have achieved initial results. The project’s four key tasks were given priority, including a common-use shared database; a stimulation research and forecasting centre for socio-economic policies; a smart administration centre; and an information security centre. Information from many fields has been collected and integrated so that city leaders can easily grasp and evaluate the data, thereby shortening the time to handle work. Authorities have also launched a pilot open data portal for the city (http://data.hochiminhcity.gov.vn). Vo Minh Thanh, head of the Information Technology Department at the city’s Department of Information and Communication, said the city would pilot providing information on medical examinations and treatment facilities as well as medical practice certificates. In the long term, data from many other areas will be included on the portal to provide information on health, transport, investment, environment and climate. The portal provides useful information that people and businesses are free to look up, use, share and develop for any purpose. The city government is encouraging businesses to use the open ecosystem data to create new, high-value products which would contribute to a knowledge-based economy and start-up ecosystem. Thanh said the development of the open data ecosystem, together with the construction of a common-use shared data warehouse, is one… [Read full story]
Hà Nội and HCM City are among the top ten most dynamic growing cities in the world, according to a study by a leading international property and investment management company. – Photo zing.vn HÀ NỘI – Hà Nội and HCM City are among the top ten most dynamic growing cities in the world, according to a study by a leading international property and investment management company. Việt Nam’s capital was ranked third and HCM City eighth in the data released as part of JLL’s Short-Term City Momentum Index (CMI) 2019. JLL tracks social-economic and commercial real estate growth in 131 cities over a three year period. Việt Nam was the strongest performing country with two cities ranking the highest in ASEAN, said JLL. Number one in the list was Bengaluru and number two Hyderabad, both cities in India.
At a reception in HCM City on January 31 for newly-accredited Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo, Nhan briefed his guest on HCM City’s development orientations in the time ahead while showing the city’s desire to learn experience from developed cities across the, including those in China, in terms of residential management, transport system organization, water management, housing development, and startup and innovation encouragement. Nhan said he hope that Xiong will help step up economic cooperation in a practical and effective fashion between Vietnam and China as a contribution to strengthening people-to-people exchanges between the two sides. For his part, the Chinese Ambassador extolled the sound development of the friendship and cooperation between the two countries, saying that China and HCM City boast huge potential for stronger cooperation in developing technologies and a high-quality economy. With its dynamic development, HCM City has ample opportunities to become a leading locality in the adoption of high and smart technologies in production, Xiong said, adding that the Chinese Embassy and Consulate General in HCM City pledge to strictly supervise and encourage Chinese enterprises to abide by regulations on environmental protection in Vietnam.
Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (L) and Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS)’s Executive Council Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan on January 31 visited and offered Tet greetings to religious dignitaries and followers in the city on the thresholds of the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival. Visiting Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS)’s Executive Council Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon, Nhan wished him good health to direct the successful organisation of the United Nations Day of Vesak 2019. Nhan highlighted the importance of the event, saying that it will show the position of Vietnam’s Buddhism in the region and the world, adding that the municipal authorities would work to prepare well for the event. While meeting with Most Venerable Thich Thien Phap, Permanent Vice President of the VBS Executive Council, Nhan sent best wishes to Buddhist monks and nuns in HCM City and those nationwide on the occasion of Lunar New Year 2019. He spoke highly of the VBS’s activities in recent years, especially social and charitable activities, expressing his belief that Buddhist dignitaries and followers will make more contributions to further promoting the SBV’s development. The same day, Nhan visited and extended Tet greetings to Auxiliary Bishop of the Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese Do Manh Hung and local Catholic dignitaries and followers. He thanked and praised contributions of the Bishop and… [Read full story]
Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (R) and Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo (Source: VNA) HMC City (VNA) – Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan on January 31 hosted a reception for newly-appointed Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo. Nhan congratulated China on great achievements the country has obtained after 40 years of reform, especially in economic development and improvement of people’s living conditions. He briefed the guest about HCM City’s development orientations in the coming time, stressing that the city wishes to learn from experiences of developed cities over the world, including those in China, in terms of residential management, transport system organization, water management, housing development, and startup and innovation encouragement. Nhan hoped that Xiong will promote economic cooperation in a practical and effective manner between Vietnam and China, and contribute to enhancing people-to-people exchanges between the two sides. For his part, Xiong highlighted the strong development of the friendship and cooperation between the two countries, saying that the bilateral relationship is increasingly consolidated. The Chinese diplomat stressed that China and HCM City hold great potential to boost cooperation in developing technologies and a high-quality economy, adding that with its dynamic development, HCM City has various opportunities to become a leading locality in applying high and smart technologies in production. He said the Chinese Embassy and Consulate General in HCM City pledge to strictly supervise and remind Chinese enterprises… [Read full story]
The event presenting free coach tickets and gifts to workers in HCM City on January 19 (Photo: VNA) Ho Chi Minh City (VNA) – The Federation of Labour of Ho Chi Minh City on January 19 handed free coach tickets and gifts to over 4,000 poor workers in industrial and export-processing zones in the city on the occasion of the coming traditional lunar New Year. Recipients include those workers who could not afford the fares to go back to their home towns for the Tet, the most important festival for Vietnamese who often treasure family reunion on the approach of Spring, which will come in early next month. Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Huynh Cach Mang spoke highly of the efforts by the trade unions as well as attention by enterprises to workers. The official said the act affirms the deep humanity and high sense of social responsibility of investors, and expressed his hope that the work will be multiplied and diversified in the time to come. According to Vice Chairman of the federation Kieu Ngoc Vu, the organization has mobilized assistance to the provision of 35,000 free coach tickets for poor workers in the city this year. Besides the tickets, trade unions in the city also plan to arrange coaches to bring over 13,200 workers back to their home towns for the occasion. Launched for the first time in Ho Chi Minh City in 2009, the programme has so far provided nearly 270,000… [Read full story]
Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Council Pham Duc Hai (R) and Vice Governor of Hokkaido Yasuhiro Tsuji (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Vietnam’s southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City is looking to further promote exchange and cooperation activities in numerous fields with the Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido, a local official has said. Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Council Pham Duc Hai made the statement at a reception for Vice Governor of Hokkaido Yasuhiro Tsuji in the Vietnamese city on January 18. He appreciated the Hokkaido administration for their regular sending of working groups to HCM City to promote bilateral economic, trade, and cultural ties. HCM City is willing to create all favourable conditions for Hokkaido businesses to invest in the city, he said. The city highly valued the quality of Hokkaido farm produce and seafood, as well as its tourism potential which will create huge opportunities for stronger bilateral cooperation in the time to come. The Hokkaido Festival – which is held on the sidelines of the sixth Vietnam-Japan Festival – will contribute to increasing mutual understanding between the two peoples, enabling businesses to seek cooperation opportunities, and reinforcing the friendly cooperative ties between HCM City and Hokkaido. Yasuhiro Tsuji said the visit of the working group from Hokkaido to HCM City aims to foster the sound cooperation between the two sides, especially in potential fields such as economy, trade, science-technology, agriculture, tourism, and culture. He shared that the Hokkaido Festival will introduce local people… [Read full story]