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Hanoi (VNA) – The Government along with the Prime Minister, ministries and localities have proactively got engaged in the settlement of Formosa-caused maritime environmental incident in the four central provinces, Minister – Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung was speaking at the press conference after the cabinet’s monthly meeting that opened in Hanoi on October 29.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was entrusted to build a project defining and compensating damages for fishermen, while supporting them to buy boats and equipment for off-shore fishing activities, he said.

The Ministry of Finance is responsible for partnering with the State Bank of Vietnam to propose efficient use and management of compensations pledged by the Taiwanese Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation as well as devise credit supporting policies to help fishermen recover or change jobs, and build insurance policies for locals in the affected region.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade is requested to support the sale of seafood and ensure food safety and hygiene, in addition to protecting the brand names of Vietnamese seafood at international market.

The Ministry of Health is tasked to build a project testing and verifying aquatic food safety and evaluating the impact of the incident on local health.

The Government has sourced 3 trillion VND (135 million USD) in advanced from Formosa’s compensation to help locals stabilise their lives soon.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment announced that the sea water in the four central provinces has been safe for tourism and seafood breeding.

Other ministries and localities are still inspecting responsibilities and violations of the involved units and individuals to handle according to law.-VNA